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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe, 2016.

The Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe is now in its third decade. Every year, 30-plus troupe members, ranging in age from second to eighth grade, commit themselves to learning and performing a variety of West African dances in several community events throughout the performance season.

These children, who are mostly of African American heritage, are offered the program for a minimum registration fee. Therefore, apart from grants, Kukatonon relies on its gala event as a primary source of fundraising. 

With Black History Month beginning in February, the Kukatonon Gala kicks off the spirit of celebrating. The evening's highlights will include troupe performances, an African feast (courtesy of Grace Kuto catering), an auction and a raffle. 

Individual gala tickets are now on sale.

The Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe was started by Rolia Manyongai-Jones, a Woodlawn Elementary school teacher. Originally from Liberia, Manyongai-Jones started Kukatonon to offer students a different type of cultural experience -- one that supports West African hertiage while encouraging creative, healthy activities for children and youth.

 

For more information, contact:

Lily Burnett, Operations Manager

lily@kukatonon.org 

www.kukatonon.org

 

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