Our Essence

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 1970-2024

We use the universal language of dance to honor the African Diaspora, explore the human condition, champion social justice, unite people of all ages and races, and ultimately celebrate the complexity of life through movement.

Come dance with us!

We offer technique and movement classes for all ages and skill levels! From African to Hip Hop, Ballet to Zumba, online and in person.

Back to school schedule now available. Visit our Academy page.

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Inspiring Movement

Our education programs ignite students minds and bodies with unique programs for preschool to undergraduate.

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A Denver Treasure

Our Professional dance ensemble works to transcend the boundaries of culture, class and age while telling the stories that embody the complexity of the human condition.

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A home for all

The CPRD Historic Theatre is a 240-seat proscenium theater. It is home to many local dance, theater, and emerging artists. Space rentals are available and the space has seen considerable renovation in the past few years.

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A Message From Cleo & Malik

May 2024

Our warmest welcome to you all! As members of our Village, you have entered a place with One Spirit/Many Voices.

We are so thrilled to announce the next chapter of CPRD – A new 25,000-square-foot wing will connect to our landmark building and solidify CPRD’s presence our historic neighborhood. We currently plan to break ground in Spring 2024 and open the new space in 2025.

A note on the new wing from Malik Robinson:

“The Cleo Parker Robinson Center for the Healing Arts is a legacy project that will have impact for at least the next 100 years if the current Historic Shorter AME Church built in 1925 is any standard of measure. This facility will amplify our ability to serve as a gathering space where communities and creatives come to exchange ideas and inspire us through the artwork.  We are building room to grow our rigorous CPRD Academy Program and widen the avenue to access the arts. The new state-of-the-art production and performance facility will be an accessible incubator for the several dozen organizations who lease it. Our Advocacy and Wellness programs are anchored in legacy and traditions built by the elders of Shorter AME Church. The pandemic underscored the links between the arts, movement, community, and health advocacy; our expanded hub continues this critical mission.”

Donations of every size  and background—just like dancers of every size and background—are welcome and encouraged here. Please click the DONATE button above or below to help us secure our future.

In the Spirit of the Dance,
Cleo Parker Robinson, Founder & Artistic Director

Malik Robinson, President and CEO


New Wing rendering by Fentress Architects and unveiled to the public on May 23, 2023: The Cleo Parker Robinson Center for the Healing Arts.

Denver and Beyond

A cultural institution since 1970

CPRD is a Denver institution, based in Five Points, that has served the community for 50 years, teaching generations of families the beauty, fun and healing power of dance.

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119 Park Ave W,
Denver, CO 80205
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