P.O. Box 1338 Washington, DC 20013

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.

KanKouran was founded in 1983 for the purpose of contributing to the extension of the arts by introducing the essence of traditional African dance to audiences; enriching American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African performing arts; and promoting intercultural understanding through education and the performing arts.

KanKouran is home to three performing companies: the Senior, Junior, and Children’s groups. The company, whose members were born in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, is dedicated to preserving and sharing the culture of Africa. KanKouran has established itself as an organization offering a wide range of educational and cultural programs. KanKouran functions much like a traditional African community, where given the communal nature of African culture, each individual understands his or her role in maintaining the oneness of the community to the benefit of the entire community, and each individual is encouraged to contribute and participate to the extent of that person’s talents and abilities. As a result, due to the all-inclusive nature of the company, KanKouran appeals to a wide range of audiences of various ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The company’s outstanding reputation has spawned numerous alliances/collaborations with organizations and institutions  throughout the United States and abroad. On the local and national levels, these include: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Institution, National Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, California Center for the Arts, Howard University, Model Secondary School for the Arts at Gallaudet University, American University, George Mason University, University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Technical Institute. On an international level: Silesian Dance Theater and the Dance Festival Krakow in Poland; Maui Dance Council, Hawaii; Japan Cultural Arts Center, Tokyo; the Island Center for the Performing Arts, St. Croix; as well as the Emancipation Day Committee of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Company’s success is perhaps best judged by its longevity and by the large number of company and community members who are involved in diverse academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits, and who credit KanKouran with instilling within them the discipline, pride, and commitment to self and community which have made their life pursuits meaningful as well as successful.

On behalf of Artistic Director Assane Konte, and the entire KanKouran family, we would like to send our deepest gratitude to the following for their continued support of our organization, programs, and activities…

D.C. COMMISSION ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES (an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts)