P.O. Box 1338 Washington, DC 20013

Founded in 1983 to share traditional African dance with audiences of all ages, KanKouran West African Dance Company preserves and promotes traditional West African culture by providing quality entertainment and educational programs to local and national audiences in an effort to facilitate cross-cultural enrichment.


For over three decades, KanKouran West African Dance Company has been a force in the DC Dance community and across the United States. By providing classes in African dance and drumming to students of all ages, the company shares the history and culture of West Africa.

Assane Konte, Founding Artistic Director of KanKouran, has an energetic passion for his company’s mission of preserving and promoting traditional West African culture.

KanKouran is funded, in part, by a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts), The International Association of Blacks in Dance, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.