Project Description

Grantee Profile: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre (CPRD) is an international, cross-cultural, dance-arts and educational institution rooted in African American traditions. As Cultural Ambassadors, the ensemble has toured to 20 countries across the globe. Their year-round dance academy offers training in every form for students of all ages and abilities. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is a founding member of the local African American Arts Consortium and is active with the International Association of Blacks in Dance.

It is pioneered by the vision of Cleo Parker Robinson, who was Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Arts and Humanities honoree in 1985. Executive Director for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Malik Robinson, is also a 2015 Livingston Fellow.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is helping to support a capacity building initiative for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Highlights of the plan include: Expanding the impact of CPRD’s artistic excellence through enhanced repertoire and regional outreach; growing education programs locally, regionally and nationally; creating and launching a resident company/shared space program to cultivate Denver’s burgeoning performing arts landscape; and growing contributed revenue to support ongoing operations.

Learn more about Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre on their website at