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KanKouran classes are currently being held at the Liz Lerman 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

Students (w/valid ID) – $12


Class Cancellations

Community classes will be cancelled on the following days in January 2015: January 7, January 14, and January 17



Dance Place presents KanKouran West African Dance Company, performing their concert SOUNOUGAL (Our Boat):

With a population 13.5 million, Senegal is one of the most peaceful countries in West Africa. However, that peace was not given. It was earned by the efforts and sacrifices of many national heroes, through many years of struggle, courage, and sacrifice. SOUNOUGAL celebrates one of those heroes. Lat Dior Ngoné Latyr Diop (1842–1886), was a 19th century Damel (king) of Cayor, a Wolof state that is today in south central Senegal. He is known for being a great resistance hero of Senegalese history, famed for his defiance and battles against the French. The title and theme, SOUNOUGAL, is taken from the Wolof language, the primary language spoken in Senegal, West Africa.  “SOUNOU” means “our” and “GAL” means “boat”.  The Senegalese view themselves as a nation of millions, but with one heart, and one soul. They are together in one “boat”, on the same journey, and no matter what happens along the way, they will reach their destination together. 

Saturday, January 17 at 8pm

Sunday, January 18 at 4pm



Please remember to support KanKouran by making your tax-deductible donation, payable to KanKouran West African Dance Company, P.O. Box 1338, Washington, DC 20013. Any amount you give will be appreciated.  You can also support KanKouran by visiting Each time you purchase any merchandise online, by going through KanKouran’s portal, a portion of the proceeds go to KanKouran.

Also, now available… KanKouran’s online store!!!!!  Please visit  for great deals on all KanKouran merchandise!!!!!


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