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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) is an international, cross-cultural, dance-arts and educational institution rooted in African American traditions, and dedicated to excellence in providing instruction, performances and community programs for everyone. CPRD: Inspiring Movement

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International Summer Dance Institute

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public
Physically Disabled nec
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The International Summer Dance Institute (ISDI) One Spirit Many Voices is a four-week artist-in-residence program that hosts master teachers from around the world at the CPRD School. Classes focus on both the artistic and personal development of students. The Institute aims to increase global and community consciousness through culturally diverse workshops with artists who are committed to community development in their respective cities of residence. ISDI aims to serve 1,400 children, teens and adults over the course of four weeks.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The following are a few responses to the post Intensive survey:
1. What did you/your child like best about the Institute?
-African Dance
-Everything, the kids-diversity
-Kids especially liked the Afro-Cuban class
-Loved it!! She is a natural dancer and the classes gave her different things to work on.
-Loved school and exposure to new languages.
-Good instructors and classes ran well.
-Diversity of different dances taught.

2. What was your favorite part?
-All.
-The diversity of the different classes that were offered.
-The discipline of the children.
-My child's exposure to different cultures.
-The performance.

3. Tell us one thing you learned about a different culture from your own?
-Cultural stories that Cleo told.
-The languages from the different cultures represented.
-I know a lot about the cultures. But I was glad that my daughter got the exposure.
-That dance is universal in every culture and has its own history.

CPRD Academy

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School offers a full year of dance academy training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, West African dance, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Pilates and Creative Movement classes for students starting at age 3 to 93. The School is an essential part of the arts community in Denver providing employment for more than 30 independent artists who comprise the dance faculty. The School serves a student body of 1000. The CPRD School offers a specialized intensive track of training for students ages 13-21.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The CPRD School intensive training program serves as a college pipeline with a success rate of more than 90% of graduating high school seniors who then go on to graduate college.

Healing Power of Art/Arts in Education programs

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
At-Risk Populations

Description

The Healing Power of Art is a PreK-12 in-school Arts-in-Education residency program that the CPRD Ensemble presents throughout the academic school year. The Ensemble works with school teachers to infuse lesson plans and curricula with enriched arts-in-education activities that engage and inspire multiple abilities, and complements and advances school academic goals. CPRD achieves its greatest exposure through this residency program and actively recruits students for CPRD after-school and summer education initiatives. CPRD aims to serve more than 15,000 students each year by working with 60 or more PreK-12 schools.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A significant percentage of students served are students of color from low-income backgrounds. With regard to this segment of the population, research indicates programs that integrate arts into the curriculum have demonstrated a decisive ability to improve self-regulatory behavior in contrast to programs with straight academic instruction. (Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development. Washington, D.C.: Arts Education Partnership. Page 75). Surveys from 2011 confirm the findings and the program's effectiveness. For instance, the Principal at Swanson Elementary in Jefferson County shares, "CPRD offers many opportunities for our students to experience dance from a variety of cultures, as well as embed our District Reading, Writing and Math Content Standards into movement. We look forward to another exciting year with CPRD." Dr. Marie Norby-Loud, Principal at Stevens Elementary also states, "On behalf of the entire Stevens staff, I would like to thank the Cleo Parker Dance company for another amazing year of dance workshops. Our parents and staff were amazed by what our students were able to accomplish and demonstrate at each final performance. These programs allowed our 4th -6th grade students the opportunity to work with professional dancers who addressed the Jeffco curriculum within each workshop. Because of these programs, our students were able to learn the curriculum using an arts integrated mode of instruction that helped many of our at-risk students to grasp the material at a deeper level."

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