Logo, KanKouran West African Dance Company - Performing Arts Company
(866) 626-2102
118 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Dance Classes

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

Drum Instruction

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, Maryland.

Annual Conference

For more than 30 years, Assane Konte, co-founder and Artistic Director of KanKouran West African Dance Company, has staged authentic glimpses of the peoples and cultures of Africa. KanKouran's annual African dance and drum conference offers attendees a chance to experience the sights and sounds of West Africa.

Class Location & Schedule

Our classes are held at Dance Exchange located at 7117 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD, 20912. Community classes will be cancelled for the following dates: December 24, 27, and 31 in 2014, and January 7, and 15 in 2015. Our dance class times and fees are listed below.

Adult Dance, 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Saturdays (NEW CLASS TIMES):
Children's Dance/Drum, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Teen Dance, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Adult Dance, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Class Fees:
Children's Dance/Drum—$12
Class Cards—$135 (If You Already Have a Class Card, It Will Be Honored)
Students (With Valid ID)—$12

Adult Dance—$15


Woman Dancing - Dance Instruction

Cultural Dancing - Dance Instruction

African Dance - Dance Instruction


KanKouran’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert series presented by Dance Place:
Saturday, January 17, 2015 8pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015 4pm
Performances will be held at Dance Place, 3225 8th Street Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017

Contact us for more information on our weekly classes, performances, and Annual Conference.