our classes

African Dance

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Kukatonon offers a weekly African Dance class for our Troupe members. Taught by professionally trained Teaching Artists, this class teaches our dancers about traditional and contemporary West African dance moves, drumming rhythms, and costumes. Working to master complex choreography for Troupe performances, our dancers practice vigorously each week, accompanied by live African drumming. Our Founder and Ne'nee'ket'eh teaches the children about African and African American cultural traditions in conjunction with African Dance class each week. 


Ballet/Contemporary Dance


We are beginning the third year of our successful partnership with The Portland Ballet, the region's foremost pre-professional youth ballet company, to expand access to higher educational opportunities and dance careers for our Troupe members by offering a tuition-free, weekly "Fundamentals of Ballet" class - taught by local ballerina, Mari Juras. This special ballet collaboration is made possible thanks to support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Oregon Cultural Trust!

Add Hash Out Mentoring program


Kúkátónón periodically offers workshops, open to community members so everyone can experience African dance! 

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Our Teaching Artists lead workshop attendees through basic choreography, accompanied by live African drumming, and provide a culturally-authentic and fun dance experience!

upcoming events

Kúkátónón's Annual Gala Fundraiser is happening on SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 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, performances by the Kúkátónón dancers, and many opportunities to win amazing prizes by supporting our nonprofit organization!
We hope to see you there!

Tickets are sold online only, from February 1 - April 4!

Ticket Prices:
Table (8 guests) - $400
Pair of Tickets (2 guests) - $110
Ticket (1 guest) - $75