Howard University's Department of Theatre and Dance & Djole Arts Association, Inc. Presents...

On the first day of the Nankama Conference, scholars from diverse disciplines and institutions, and independent  scholars,  will  present their scholarly research  on African and African Diaspora dance, and other representations of Africana performance.

Mustapgha Bangoura teaching a workshop

No sentiment can accentuate the significance and centrality of dance and performance in Africa and the African Diaspora better than the word "Nankama," (which means "born for it" in Mandinka).  

The Nankama African Dance Conference is a two-day engagement in Africana performance scholarship and African dance and drum workshops.

For more information:

Dr. Ofosuwa Abiola

Coordinator, Dance Program

Howard University Department of Theatre and Dance


February 10, 2019 
Dynamic dance and drum workshops

Moustapha Bangoura - world renowned, over 30 years of performance and teaching experience, and former principle dancer of the illustrious Les Ballets Africains. Moustapha Bangoura will teach two master classes. For more information on Moustapha Bangoura, please visit his website:

Assane Konte - World renowned and Howard University's own, co-founder of the celebrated Kankouran West African Dance Company for over 35 years. For more information on Assane Konte, please visit his website:

The second day of the Nankama Conference is packed with African dance and drum workshops and master classes. All dance and drum workshops will occur on Howard University's main campus. Dance workshops will be held in the historic Ira Aldridge Theatre and the Howard University dance studio in Childers Hall, Howard's Fine Arts Building. Drum workshops will occur in smart-rooms located in Childers Hall. Workshop times TBA.

Featured Master Teachers:

Assane Konte performing with Kankouran

For conference schedule visit: 

For Registration & Conference Information: 

The Nankama African Dance Conference, 2019

Conference flyer 

Onsite registrations will be on a first come first served basis.

February 9, 2019 

A full day of scholarship