KanKouran West African Dance Company

To preserve and promote traditional West African culture by providing quality entertainment and educational programs to local and national audiences in an effort to facilitate cross-cultural enrichment. For more information, visit their website


KanKouran West African Dance Company was established as an instructional institution designed to preserve the traditional cultural arts of the Senegambia Region. The “Visit Africa” program dazzles audiences with its exciting and electrifying dances and rhythms that reflect various cultural traditions that relate to the history and culture of West Africa.

Description of Education Initiatives: The objectives of, “Visit Africa,” include the following:

  • To increase students’ understanding of African cultural traditions
  • To explore ways of stimulating students’ non-verbal means of communication
  • To give students an introduction to the history, language and techniques of African dance and drumming
  • To expose students to traditional African musical instruments

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative Member since 2002.

"The DC Collaborative provides professional development and helpful resources that greatly enhance the impact of our work in schools."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student

KanKouran is an AHFES Provider! Teachers can view their AHFES Catalogue here.

Fun Fact! KanKouran is celebrating 35 years of providing artistic excellence for K-12 students in DC Public Schools, through performances and residencies.

Contact their Education Department: Ali Rahmaan at akonte@aol.com.


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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.