What is Training Track?

The CPRD Academy provides classes for all ages starting at 1.5 years old in Creative Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, West African Dance & Drumming, and Tap.
We offer a Training Track by evaluation only, for those seeking more extensive training and performance opportunities. Training Track is a well-rounded dance curriculum committed to the growth of young dances. Each student is assigned an individual schedule based on level. For ages 6-12, students in the training track are required to take ONE ballet class, ONE modern class, and ONE to TWO elective classes weekly. For ages 13-20, students are required to take ONE ballet class, ONE modern class, ONE jazz class, and ONE to TWO elective classes weekly.
As a committed member of of the Training Track, students are required to be in the classes that they have committed to per the agreement with CPRD staff.
Each May there is a Student Showcase culminating classes which parallel the traditional school year. Awards are given along side Merit Scholarships for committed dancers.
Youth Ensemble (Ages 13-21) Junior Youth Ensemble (Ages 8-13) are student performing ensembles selected from Training Track students. With 1 to 2 rehearsals per week, these ensembles perform extensively throughout the Denver Metro Area, and are typically in the annual Dancing With The Denver Stars, and eligible to perform in Denver’s seasonal tradition of global holiday performances compromising Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy Scholarship Portal

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy’s policy is designed to promote students’ disciplined study of dance. Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need, dedication to the program and availability. The financial aspect of this process will be modeled off of the Denver Office of Economic Development’s 2021 Income Limits.

All students who wish to receive a scholarship award must do the following:

  • Complete online application
  • Bring Proof of Household Income within 2 weeks of application acceptance.

Scholarship applications will be assessed by September 1, 2022. Thank you for your patience.

CPRD/MSUD Dance Major

The MSU Denver Dance major is unique in its versatility and in its partnership with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD). CPRD is recognized worldwide for their dynamic cross-cultural curriculum, community engagement, innovative choreography, and promotion of American dance heritage. In this exciting program, CPRD’s mission of social transformation through dance and MSU Denver’s academic rigor and focus on real-world experience converge.

The dance curriculum includes coursework in modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, world dance forms, world dance history and culture, community-based dance practices, somatics and anatomy, pedagogy, improvisation, choreography, contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance, movement analysis, dance production, and arts administration. The Dance Program allows students to combine their interest in dance with other fields, taking classes in non-profit management, teaching or arts administration, among others. The program will utilize service learning, field experience, and internship programs to enrich students’ learning and to foster a connection between MSU and its student body and the Denver community. We aim to prepare students for their future in dance and beyond, supporting their specific career and educational goals through concrete learning experiences and creative exploration.

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