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  Now Enrolling Troupe Members (Ages 7-18)      Sign up until September 26, 2018   Join our upcoming performance season 2018-2019 after-school, tuition-free program 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 (6) Core Program Initiatives (CPIs):  Mentorship, STEAM Curriculum, Cultural Services,Community Partnerships, Kúkátónón– based performances, and International Exchange Program.  Troupe members will have the opportunity to  learn and train with Higher Education and STEAM professionals encouraging mentorship, intergenerational learning and professional development.    Click here to enroll by completing our registration form .

Now Enrolling Troupe Members (Ages 7-18) 

Sign up until September 26, 2018

Join our upcoming performance season 2018-2019 after-school, tuition-free program 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 (6) Core Program Initiatives (CPIs):  Mentorship, STEAM Curriculum, Cultural Services,Community Partnerships, Kúkátónón– based performances, and International Exchange Program.

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

Click here to enroll by completing our registration form.

 

Why is Kúkátónón important?


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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. 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!

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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!