Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) is a multifaceted arts institution springing from its grassroots Model Cities initiative origins in 1970.  In 1974, CPRD became a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization continuing to build upon its dance school and ensemble.  In four decades, CPRD has developed into an internationally esteemed organization that operates beyond the traditional performing arts model.

There are four pillars of the organization, namely, the CPRD Ensemble, Academy, Theatre, and Education programs.  Working in concert, CPRD programs have created an oasis where a varied population – by gender, race, age and ethnicity – gather to study and appreciate a modern, cross-cultural approach to creative community development. Today, CPRD represents one of the largest cultural arts institutions in the Rocky Mountain region serving more 60,000 people each year.

CPRD aims to serve as a local anchor and international destination for the study and celebration of culture with an emphasis on dance and its relation to community empowerment and democratic renewal.  Through demonstrated success in creative programming, fiscal responsibility, management and artistic development, CPRD aims to foster an environment of collaboration and leadership that advances the highest quality yet accessible and affordable cultural arts programming for all people with particular focus upon under-served communities.

Performance space requirements:

Large open space
Sound system
Green room
Dressing room
Water for artists

Bilingual teachers may be available.

Cleo Parker Robinson will be hosting Dance Africa 2016. Click HERE for more details and to register.

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is available for full or part-time residencies.

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Explore: Cultural Arts, Dance, Performing Arts, Africa, Choreography, Hip-hop


Individual workshop and performance prices are determined by each artist. Please contact us for performance and workshop pricing for a particular artist. Visit our Pricing page for other pricing information.

  • Repertoire Performance by The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

    Performance for grades Pre-K through 12th

    Specific production request from the catalog of work by Cleo Parker Robinson.
    60 – 90 minutes

  • Master Classes

    Workshop or Residency for grades Pre-K through 12th

    Workshops with two CPRD dancers in classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop or folkloric dance with up to 30 students per workshop.

  • The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble Field Trip

    Performance for grades Pre-K through 12th

    Your school or group can attend a CPRD concert at our CPRD Theatre (capacity 240), housed in the Shorter AME Church in historic Five Points.
    Seasonal Concerts include but are not limited to:

    January, February – Civil Rights, MLK, Black History
    May – Dance Africa
    September – Bamboula (based on Native American and African history of Mardi-Gras), Mystical Abyss (Japanese Native American fusion production), Uncle Jedʼs Barber Shop

    December – Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum

  • Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum

    Performance for grades Pre-K through 12th

    Celebrate the holiday season “Around the Globe”, with dance, live music (optional), and spoken word. Granny narrates diverse holiday festivities – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and more, with a colorful journey with world dance, music and tradition.

  • Healing Power of Art – Cultural Theme

    Performance for grades Pre-K through 12th

    This performance and lecture is based off of HPOA and includes one of the following cultural themes and relevant costuming:
    Civil Rights Movement
    Black History Month
    Cinco de Mayo
    Earth Day
    Dreamcatchers – History of The American Southwest
    Mexican Independence Day – September 16th
    Dia de los Muertos – Day of The Dead

  • Healing Power of Art

    Performance for grades Pre-K through 12th

    HPOA is a lecture and dance demonstration with the objective to inspire creativity, awareness of dance history, the power of movement, peace and harmony based on personal body language and how we move in a group or community. This performance addresses Colorado state education standards.

    Students learn the history of diverse dance genres and techniques – classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, folkloric dance including but not limited to African and Mexican Folk dance.