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.
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