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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Trey Grimes, Theatre Director
Start Date: 2018

Trey has been involved with CPRD for over 20 years and has moved into a full time position in 2018.

Hillary Harding, Development Director
Start Date: 2016


Rhetta Shead, Director of Marketing
Start Date: 2014


Amelia Dietz, Academy Director
Start Date: 2016


Shelby Jarozs, Education Manager
Start Date: 2017


Cleo Parker Robinson, Artistic Director
Start Date: 1970

Cleo Parker Robinson is Founder, Executive Artistic Director and choreographer of the Denver-based cultural arts institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Ms. Parker Robinson began teaching dance at the University of Colorado at the age of fifteen. She graduated from the Colorado Women's College (now The University of Denver) having focused on dance, education and psychology. A master teacher, choreographer, and cultural ambassador, she has taught and performed with her Ensemble in such diverse places as Iceland, Singapore, Hawaii, Nassau, Brazil, Belize, Israel, Turkey, throughout Europe, and throughout the African continent. People of all ages and backgrounds have participated in Ms. Parker Robinson's workshops and master classes at conservatories, universities and neighborhood dance centers worldwide. She is recognized as a University of California - Irvine Distinguished Professor and served as professor-in-residence at the University of Bahia Brazil and Technikon University/Pretoria South Africa. In 1991, at the behest of the Chairman of the Quincentennial Commission, the late Mr. Winston W. Saunders, Ms. Parker Robinson served as co-founder of the National Dance Company of The Bahamas in Nassau. Ms. Parker Robinson has collaborated with many people on diverse projects, from operas such as Aida and Carmen to commissions with mentor Maya Angelou. She has worked with Marin Alsop on several productions including Stravinsky's The Firebird and Prokiev's Cinderella produced by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and her directing debut with Opera Colorado featured the sold-out run of Porgy and Bess. She has been granted choreography fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Foundation. Ms. Parker Robinson partnered with Gordon Parks in the production of the film Run Sister Run based on the life of Angela Davis. She holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Denver, Colorado College and Regis University. Ms. Parker Robinson is the 1st Vice President of the International Association of Blacks in Dance based in Washington, DC at Howard University. Ms. Parker Robinson has served on NEA panels on Dance, Expansion Arts, Arts America, and Inter-Arts panels for the USIS. In 1998, President Clinton appointed Ms. Robinson to the National Council on the Arts where she served until 2005 in Washington D.C. In 2005, Ms. Parker Robinson received the Kennedy Center Medal of Honor during the Center's "Masters of African American Choreographers" series. In 2006, Ms. Parker Robinson was honored as a "Pioneer In Black Dance" by the Dynamic Dance Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. In November 2007, the Katherine Dunham Estate designated CPRD the custodian of all rights, licenses, and contracts for the presentation of Ms. Dunham's Barrel House Blues and Choros. Since, Ms. Robinson has set Choros on la Compagnie James Carles in Toulouse, France in 2008, and Trinity College Dance Department in Hartford, CT in 2009. In 2008, she was awarded the Civil Rights Award of the Anti Defamation League and the Civil Rights Medallion of the Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship program. Most recently, she was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver (2010) in March 2011, she was inducted into the Denver and Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.

Malik Robinson, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2014

Mr. Malik Robinson, Senior Director, earned his BA in African Studies from Regis University. In his role, Malik directs a small administrative staff that coordinates multiple facets of the organization with an operational budget of $1.1 million. As the primary funds developer for CPRD, Malik worked with community organizations to develop partnerships that helped replace major funding sources. He also served as the representative for CPRD in the joint application with the Denver Housing Authority in the acquisition of $20 million grant award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant supported the redevelopment of a dilapidated housing that formerly surrounded the organization. As a result of his work, CPRD serves as a cultural arts community center for the revitalized neighborhood that borders downtown Denver.


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