The past month has been very difficult for us. On June 26th the KanKouran family has lost one of its most beloved members, Mama annoD. She had been a part of the KanKouran family for many years. Her three children, Curtis, Roy, and Mary grew up in KanKouran. Mary is going off to college this year, Curtis is a commercial pilot, and Roy is a lead drummer with KanKouran’s Senior Company. We will truly miss Mama annoD’s energy, presence, passion, and her deep love for dance and for life. Mama annoD, you will always have a place on the dance floor.

In addition, Assane lost his mother, Fatou Bintou Lo, on Tuesday, July 14. She was in her 90′s. She was a very beautiful person who did everything for everybody. She was tireless in her giving to others. Our hearts go out to Assane and his family during this very difficult time.

“We are all just visitors here and one day we all must go home. All we can hope is that we touched those around us in such a way that they remember the good things we did while we were here. If you don’t learn anything else in life, learn to say I’m sorry, please forgive me, and I am sorry.” Assane Konte



KanKouran offers classes for children, teens and adults in the authentic dance and drumming styles of select West African cultural groups.  An aerobic activity, dance classes include a warm-up and breakdown of dance steps, followed by choreographed routines accompanied by the drums.

Drum classes teach polyrhythmic concepts of African drumming and choreographed orchestral techniques to accompany the dance movements.

KanKouran classes are currently being held at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD. The community dance class schedule is as follows:


Adult Dance 7:30pm-9pm



Children’s Dance/Drum 12pm-1pm

Teen Dance 12:30pm-1:30pm

Adult Dance 1pm-2:30pm


Class Fees

Adult Dance – $15

Children’s Dance/Drum – $12

Class cards – $135 (If you already have a class card, it will be honored)

Students (w/valid ID) – $12



Saturday, July 18




Dance for only $10 on Wednesdays throughout the month of July!!!!






Metro: Red Line to Takoma. Exit Metro station and continue straight on Carroll Ave. At second stop light, take a left on Maple Ave. Dance Exchange is half a block down on your right.


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