San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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 33rd Annual National African Dance and Drum Conference and Concert
September 2 - September 4, 2016
Washington, DC Metro Area
For over 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. 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, the Congo, 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, Zak & Naomi Diouf, Madiou Diouf, Medoune Yacine Gueye, Salymatou Keita, Youssouf Koumbassa, Assane M’Baye, Babacar M’Baye, Cheikh N’Dong, Balla Sy,
and of course, KanKouran's own Assane Konte.
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Registration & Fees (see above)
Frequently Asked Questions
Vending (to be announced)
DIAMONO is funded, in part, by a grant from the Mayor's Office on African Affairs and The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (an Agency Supported In Part By The National Endowment For The Arts).
DIAMONO is supported in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (an agency supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts); the D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs; George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium; Howard University Department of Theatre Arts – Dance; Takeyah Young Consulting; and Howard University Television [WHUT] (media sponsor).
Audio, video, and photographic equipment is strictly prohibited at ALL 2016 Conference events.
ALL online sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges.
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)
(does NOT include concert ticket)
(by 7/30, 11:55p)
(by 8/27, 11:55p)
NOTE: Online registration requires a processing fee.
Early Bird Registration ends Saturday, July 30, 2016 (11:55 pm ET)
Advance Registration ends Saturday, August 27, 2015 (11:55 pm ET)
Participants may pre-register up to 11:55 pm ET on August 27. After August 27, 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)
:: ONLY CASH, CREDIT, MONEY ORDERS, TRAVELER’S OR CASHIER’S CHECKS ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR. ::
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 another 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 Lisner Auditorium, 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.
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. We do not send class cards and tickets by mail.
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. We will post the link when the vending opportunities become available (by June 25, 2016). To receive the announcement, please sign up for KanKouran's contact list at http://www.kankouran.org
Conference site (NEW!)
Dance Exchange, 7117 Maple Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912
Metro: Red Line to Takoma Metro Station. Exit metro station and continue straight on Carroll Ave (toward 7Eleven and Busboys & Poets). At second stoplight, turn left onto Maple Ave. Dance Exchange is half a block down on the right. For locations and schedules, visit wmata.com
Parking: Parking is available in a lot adjacent to Dance Exchange. Residential and non-residential street parking is also available.
Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
For reservations call 800-325-3535 (reference “KanKouran” when making reservations)
Room rates: $139 (single); $159 (double)
Cut-off date for these rates is August 1, 2016
After August 1, the hotel will accept additional reservations subject to prevailing rates and availability.
Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW
(202) 994-6800 (202) 994-6800
[$20, seniors, children 16 & under and students w/ valid ID)
RESERVED SEATING. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!
Tickets will be available at www.lisner.gwu.edu
...and at the following outlets
Blue Nile Trading Co. (202) 232-3535
2826 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Samaris Hair Salon (703) 769-9288
400 South Glebe Road, Arlington, VA
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (Classes/schedule subject to change)
Conference site: Dance Exchange 7117 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Fees (At the Door): General Admission $20.00; Children 16 and Under $15.00.
For advance tickets, please purchase online
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Dance/Assane Konte (Djembe) 12:30pm-2:00pm
Dance/Mabiba Baegne (Congolese) 2:15pm-3:45pm
Dance/Salymatou Keita (Djembe) 4:00pm-5:30pm
Dance/N’Deye Gueye (Sabar) 5:45pm-7:15pm
Dance/Youssouf Koumbassa (Djembe) 7:30pm-9:00pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Dance/Mouminatou Camara (Djembe) 9:00am-10:30am
Dance/Marie Basse-Wiles (Kutiro) 10:45am-12:15pm
Drum/Fode Bangoura (Djembe) 11:30am-12:30pm
Dance/Kadiatou Conte (Djembe) 12:30pm-2:00pm
Drum/Fode Camara (Djembe) 1:00pm-2:00pm
Dance/Babacar M’Baye (Sabar) 2:15pm-3:45pm
Dance/Naomi Diouf (Liberian) 4:00pm-5:30pm
33rd ANNUAL CONCERT “DIAMONO” 8:00pm (Lisner)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Drum/Medoune Yacine Gueye (Djembe) 9:00am-10:00am
Dance/Youssouf Koumbassa (Djembe) 9:00am-10:30am
Dance/N’Deye Gueye (Sabar) 10:45am-12:15pm
Drum/Zak Diouf (Djembe) 11:00pm-12:00pm
Dance/Mouminatou Camara (Djembe) 12:30pm-2:00pm
Drum/Souleymane Diop (Kutiro) 12:30pm-1:30pm
Dance/Idy Ciss (Sabar-Serer) 2:15pm-3:45pm
Dance/Assane Konte (Kutiro) 4:00pm-5:30pm
Dance/Mariama Basse (Balanta) 5:45pm-7:15pm
Dance/Babacar M’Baye (Sabar) 7:30pm-9:00pm
ONLY MONEY ORDERS, CASH, TRAVELER’S OR CASHIER’S CHECKS ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR
NO PERSONAL CHECKS. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. NO DISCOUNTS AT THE DOOR.
For more information, please visit www.kankouran.org
KanKouran, Inc., Sheraton Silver Spring, and Dance Exchange 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 33rd Annual National Dance and Drum Conference.
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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