Portland Radio Project Interviews: Sharing heritage through joyful dance

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2015-09-29_1449By on the Portland Radio Project blog.

It started with a dream of dancing.

As a young girl in Liberia, Rolia Manyongai-Jones dreamed of teaching African dance in the United States. She wanted to share the rich history of her culture to a multiracial audience through music.

And finally, in 1983, she had the opportunity to fulfill her dream by founding Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe in Oregon.

The Troupe works with regional schools and local artists to develop award-winning dance programs. Children in the program showcase their dances at 12- 14 performances every year at Trail Blazers playoff games, universities, schools and community events.

Read the full article about Kúkátónón on the PRP.fm website

Listen to the interviews below:

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