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KanKouran's 30th Annual African Dance and Drum Conference

KanKouran West Africa Dance Company

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM - Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM (EDT)

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K a n K o u r a n 

W e s t  A f r i c a n  D a n c e  C o m p a n y 

presents its 30th Annual National African Dance and Drum Conference and Concert



August 30 - September 1, 2013

Washington, DC


In honor of KanKouran’s co-founder and original Director of Music, Abdou Kounta

KanKouran Dance + Drum Conference

For over 29 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.  KanKouran invites you to become part of its wonderful community. Hundreds of participants from across the country will visit the nation’s capitol to partake in three days of intense workshops in traditional African dance and drum, taught by master dancers and drummers from Mali, Senegal, and Guinea.


Hundreds of participants from across the country will visit the nation’s capitol to partake in three days of intense workshops in traditional African dance and drum, taught by master dancers and drummers from Mali, Senegal, Liberia, and Guinea.

Workshop Instructors & Performing Guest Artists

Mabiba Baegne, Fode Bangoura, Mariama Basse,

Marie Basse-Wiles, Fode Camara,  Mouminatou Camara, Idy Ciss,

Kadiatou Conte, Souleymane Diop, Madiou Diouf, Zak & Naomi Diouf,

Medoune Yacine Gueye, Salymatou KeitaAmadou Kouyate,

Assane M’Baye, Babacar M’Baye, Cheikh Tairou M’Baye,

Babacar N’Diaye, Cheikh N’Dong, Balla Sy, 

as well as KanKouran’s own Assane Konte



Registration & Fees (link)

Conference Schedule (link)

Concert (link)

Hotel Accommodations (link)

Frequently Asked Questions (link)

Vending (link)

Press Release (link)


KanKouran's 30th Annual National Conference and Concert is sponsored in part by Washington Plaza.

KanKouran is supported in part by the late Dr. Sherrill Berryman-Johnson; Denise Saunders and the students of Howard University’s Dance Major Program; The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (an Agency Supported In Part By The National Endowment For The Arts); The D.C. Department Of Parks And Recreation; Adaci; The Washington Performing Arts Society; and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Audio, video, and photographic equipment is strictly prohibited at ALL 2013 Conference events.






NOTE: Pre-registration will only be handled ONLINE. KanKouran will NOT offer discounts at the door.We are no longer offering the 10% discount to individuals that pre-register or 15% to groups of 5 or more that pre-register. To receive the discounted fees, you must register in advance online.

Classes are open, so you DO NOT need to select specific classes from the schedule. Class admittance is on a first come, first served basis.


Class Fees (pre-registration)

Registration Options

(does NOT include concert ticket)

Early Bird

(by 6/30, 11:55p)


(by 8/23, 11:55p)

At Door

Dance Classes




Drum Classes











Drum Classes

(does NOT include concert ticket)




NOTE: Online registration requires a processing fee.


Registration Deadlines

Early Bird Registration ends June 30, 2013 (11:55 pm ET)

Advance Registration ends August 23, 2013 (11:55 pm ET)

Participants may pre-register up to 11:55 pm ET on August 23. After August 23, class tickets must be purchased at the door.


At The Door (fees)

Dance Classes - $20/class for adults and $15/class for children 16 and under

Drum Classes - $20/class (Drum classes must be purchased separately)


No Personal checks.  No Refunds or Exchanges. No Discounts at the Door.

For additional information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.  If you require further assistance, please contact the registration team at info[AT]kankouran[DOT]org.


Can my children attend classes for free?

KanKouran does NOT offer free children’s dance or drum classes.  Children are considered any person 16 years old and younger.  Please see the class schedule for the times.  If your children would like to take classes, you must pay the listed fee.  Anyone over the age of 16 must pay the adult fee for classes.


Can I share my class card with another attendee?

If you would like to give your class card to anoyther attendee, you may. However, KanKouran will not hold tickets at the door for other attendees to pick up. If you would like to give your ticket to another person, you are responsible for that transaction.


To help you out with your choices, we'll give you a few scenarios:

My friend and I want to take 5 classes each and go to the concert.  We want to sit together at the concert.  What should we do?

You should each buy 5 Dance Class Cards*. So when you go to the KanKouran registration link, increase the "Advance: Dance Class Ticket" quantity to "5". As you register, the system will ask you to enter your information.  You will will receive one receipt and you can pick up your class cards at the KanKouran conference registration desk under the purchaser's name. To purchase your concert tickets, please purchase your tickets from a Ticket Master outlet, TicketMaster.com or one of the community ticket outlets in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  NOTE: The same arrangement would work for a group where everyone is taking classes and going to the concert.

I am ordering class tickets for a group of people, can I get a discount?

The pre-registration rates automatically include a discount.  If you would like to order for a group, you must buy class cards for your group members (as directed in the scenarios above). If you choose to purchase tickets for a group, you (the purchaser) are required to pick up and distribute tickets to your group. KanKouran is not responsible for distributing class cards to your group.

NOTE: We are no longer offering the 10% discount to individuals that pre-register or 15% to groups of 5 or more that pre-register.

I purchased my class card and want to buy my concert ticket separately. Where do I get my concert ticket?

You can purchase your concert tickets in advance from one of the concert ticket outlets listed below or in person at the registration desk during the conference (subject to availability).


Will I receive my class card in the mail?

Participants who have pre-registered will receive a receipt by e-mail and their class tickets at the conference registration desk.You will need your picture ID and printed receipt in order to receive your tickets at the registration desk.


I want a conference t-shirt, how can I order it?

We are gauging the interest in conference t-shirts. If you are interested, please select the t-shirt option in the registration form. If and when we decide to offer a pre-order option for t-shirts, it will be announced.

I am interested in vending at the conference this year. How I reserve a space?

Vending/exhibition is handled separately from registration. Please visit http://vendkankouran2013.eventbrite.com for more information.



Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005

For reservations call 202-842-1300 (reference “KanKouran”)

Room rates:  $109 (single/double-Queen rooms); $129 (single/double-King); $139 (double/double); $159 (triple)

Cut-off date for these rates is August 4, 2013



Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 8:00pm

Lisner Auditorium

George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW

(202) 994-6800   (202) 994-6800

Tickets: $25.00

[$20, seniors, children 16 & under and students w/ valid ID)



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Tickets will be available at www.Lisner.org

...and at the following outlets

Blue Nile Trading Co. (202) 232-3535

2826 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Salon Obsessions (301) 565-4247

1907 Seminary Road, Silver Spring, MD

Hair Studio (703) 769-9288

2338 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA




WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (Classes/schedule subject to change)

This color represents DRUM classes


  • Dance/Mariama Basse (Kutiro) 1:30pm–3:15pm

  • Dance/Mouminatou Camara (Guinea)3:30pm–5:00pm

  • Drum/Medoune Yacine Gueye (Djembe)4:00pm–5:00pm

  • Dance/Babacar N’Diaye (Sabar)  5:15pm–6:45pm

  • Drum/Fode Camara (Djembe) 6:00pm–7:00pm

  • Dance/Marie Basse-Wiles (Djembe)  7:00pm–8:30pm

  • Dance/Assane Konte (Guinea) 8:45pm–10:15pm (updated)


  • Dance/Salymatou Keita (Guinea) 9:00am–10:30am (updated)

  • Dance/Marie Basse-Wiles (Kutiro) 10:45am–12:15pm

  • Drum/Fode Bangoura (Djembe) 11:30am–12:30pm

  • Dance/Mabiba Baegne (Congolese) 12:30pm–2:00pm

  • Drum/Cheikh Tairou M’Baye (Sabar) 1:00pm–2:00pm

  • Dance/Kadiatou Conte (Guinea) 2:15pm–3:45pm

  • Dance/Babacar M’Baye (Sabar) 4:00pm–5:30pm

  • 30TH ANNUAL CONCERT 8:00pm (LisnerAuditorium)


  • Drum/Assane M’Baye (Djembe) 10:00am–11:00am

  • Dance/Salymatou Keita (Guinea) 10:00am–11:30am

  • Dance/Babacar N’Diaye (Djembe) 11:45am–1:00pm

  • Drum/Zak Diouf (Djembe) 12:00pm–1:00pm

  • Dance/Idy Ciss (Serer) 1:15pm–2:45pm

  • Drum/Souleymane Diop (Kutiro) 1:30pm–2:30pm

  • Dance/Naomi Diouf (Liberian)  3:00pm–4:30pm

  • Dance/Babacar M’Baye (Sabar)  4:45pm–6:15pm

  • Dance/Mariama Basse (Balanta) 6:30pm–8:00pm

  • Dance/Mouminatou Camara (Guinea) 8:15pm–9:45pm




KanKouran's 30th Anniversary National African Dance and Drum concert and conference entitled "Women's Work" will take place from Friday, August 30 thru Sunday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend) at the Washington Plaza Hotel. The annual fundraiser concert on Saturday, August 31, 8pm at GW Lisner Auditorium.
The concert will feature a compilation of original works choreographed by KanKouran highlighting the influence of traditional and contemporary African, American and Caribbean cultures on African dance performed by KanKouran's senior company and the adult, teens and children's community class members.
Hundreds of artists from across the U.S. will converge on DC for the dance and drum workshops which will be hosted by master dancers and drummers from Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Mali and the Republic of the Congo. The annual event has been deemed as the LARGEST FAMILY REUNION FOR AFRICAN DANCERS AND DRUMMERS IN THE US!!
Visit www.kankouran.org for details.


For more information, please visit www.kankouran.org


KanKouran, Inc. and Washington Plaza Hotel shall not be held liable for any injuries to participants, or the loss, theft, and/or damage to their property while participating in KanKouran's 2013 Conference.

Have questions about KanKouran's 30th Annual African Dance and Drum Conference? Contact KanKouran West Africa Dance Company

When & Where

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Cir NW
Washington, DC 20005

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM - Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM (EDT)

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KanKouran West Africa Dance Company

A local institution based in Washington DC, KanKouran West African Dance Company has been an integral part of the dance community for over 30 years!

For more information about KanKouran and the 31st Annual African Dance and Drum Conference, please visit www.KanKouran.org

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