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By The Skanner News
Published: 24 May 2006

Woodlawn Elementary School students Honni Brown, left, Lyric Branch, D.J. Gonzales — all members of the school's Kukatonon African Dancers.

Woodlawn Elementary School's Kúkátónón Dance Troupe will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, in the Self Enhancement Inc. auditorium.

The 21 dancers will leap and spin under the direction of African dance instructors Rolia Manyongai-Jones, from Liberia, and Ruby Burns-Johnny. Djembe drums will be played by Hakim Muhammad,C Johnny and Sekou D Walker.

Manyongai has instructed students at Woodlawn as a classroom teacher and as the founder and director of the dance program for more than 20 years. She is also involved in helping recent African emigrants to network with one another.

Tickets are available in advance at Woodlawn School or on the night of the performance. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Kúkátónón must raise all its own funds through performances and charitable contributions.

For more information, call Fran Vorberg at Woodlawn School, 503-916-6282, or e-mail fvorberg@pps.k12.or .us or roliaj@pps.k12.or.us.

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