The KanKouran West African Dance Company introduces the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to local and national audiences, enriches American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African arts and promotes intercultural understanding. This annual MLK Day concert at Dance Place celebrates over 35 years of fulfilling a mission of giving back that which was lost. $15 to $30. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. and Jan. 19, 4 p.m., at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. danceplace.org.