welcome to our village

  Troupe Enrollment Troupe Members (Ages 7-18)    Are you interested in joining our Troupe and Village?   Kúkátónón is an after-school, tuition-free program designed to experience, learn and celebrate various cultures within the African Diaspora through dancing, drumming, and education.  Our programming provides a cultural life enrichment environment. To accomplish this and further our mission, we are focused on six Core Program Initiatives (CPIs): Mentorship, STEAM Curriculum, and Cultural Services.  Troupe members will have the opportunity to learn and train with Higher Education and STEAM professionals encouraging mentorship, inter-generational learning and professional development.  Contact our Program Coordinator, Kayla Banks.

Troupe Enrollment Troupe Members (Ages 7-18)

Are you interested in joining our Troupe and Village?

Kúkátónón is an after-school, tuition-free program designed to experience, learn and celebrate various cultures within the African Diaspora through dancing, drumming, and education.

Our programming provides a cultural life enrichment environment. To accomplish this and further our mission, we are focused on six Core Program Initiatives (CPIs): Mentorship, STEAM Curriculum, and Cultural Services.

Troupe members will have the opportunity to learn and train with Higher Education and STEAM professionals encouraging mentorship, inter-generational learning and professional development.

Contact our Program Coordinator, Kayla Banks.


SAVE THE DATE

Kúkátónón is hosting our 1st Annual Community Discussion. Please join us in this important dialogue that will discuss research and solutions to bias in the educational system that affects our children.

For sponsorship and event information click here.


Why is Kúkátónón important?


Kúkátónón is an African dance youth performance troupe committed to building and serving our community by offering culturally authentic dance instruction, youth mentoring, and support to our children, their families and communities.

Our History

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Kúkátónón (pronounced Koo Kah Ton Naun) means “We are One” in the Kpelle language of Liberia. With the vision of our amazing Founders we were founded in 1983. One of our Founding Mothers is Mama Rolia Manyongai-Jones, an immigrant from rural Liberia and a former teacher in the Portland Public Schools. It was with a dream of educating young minds about African and African American traditions and bringing people together across cultural lines through her life’s passion, dance, that founded Kúkátónón 35 years ago.

For more information about upcoming performances, workshops, and community events, follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop!

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  Kúkátónón dancers with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler after performing at the 2017 Pan African Festival!

Kúkátónón dancers with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler after performing at the 2017 Pan African Festival!


We are so grateful for the support of these generous foundations and businesses. They are an amazing part of our Village!