Monthly Newsletter


On June 26th the KanKouran family has lost one of its most beloved members, Mama annoD. 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. “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 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

Students (w/valid ID) – $12


Class Cancellations

As we prepare for our annual concert production, MANDINKA, the last community class will be Saturday, August 22. Classes will resume Saturday, September 19.







KanKouran will be hosting its 32 Annual Conference September 4-6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, DC. Our annual concert production, entitled “MANDINKA”, will take place on Saturday, September 5, at 8pm, at Lisner Auditorium. Please visit the “conference” page for more information and registration. For concert tickets please visit or send an email to



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.

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


As always, your thoughts, feelings, and opinions are very important. Please feel free to email us at with any questions or suggestions of how we may better serve you.


Thank you


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