welcome to our village


Kúkátónón's Annual Gala Fundraiser is happening on SATURDAY, APRIL  7TH, 2018 from 6 - 10 PM @ Madeleine Parish Hall! Our theme this year is: Reaching Back to Our Roots and the evening will feature an authentic West African meal, drinks, performances by the Kúkátónón dancers, and many chances to win fabulous prizes by supporting our nonprofit organization!

Tickets and Tables on Sale FEBRUARY 1ST - APRIL 4TH!

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Join us for our next African Dance Workshop for the community!
All dance levels of experience are welcome for dancers ages 7 & up (that means you too, adults)!

These workshops are fun, community building events where we get together, dance together, and grow together.

Saturday, March 10th
from 1:30 - 3:00 PM

@ Peninsula Park Community Center. 

Cost $10 - Invite your friends!


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


Kúkátónón (pronounced Koo Kah Ton Naun) means “We are One” in the Kpelle language of Liberia. We were founded in 1983 by 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 Mama Rolia founded Kúkátónón 35 years ago.

We now host our weekly dance rehearsals at Jefferson High School in NE Portland, and frequently put on performances, workshops, and community events. Follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop!

My daughter has been dancing with Kúkátónón for over four years. As an African American pre-adolescent living in a predominantly white city, developing a healthy self-concept is challenging. Kúkátónón has been a catalyst for her positive sense of personal beauty, advanced academic achievement, and overall well-being.
— Ms. Bahia Overton, a Kúkátónón Parent
  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!