Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies. Under the direction of Cleo Parker Robinson, the Ensemble performs a dynamic body of works inspired by the African American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. Legendary and emerging artists alike are drawn by the spirit of the company to create works that transcend the boundaries of culture, class and age while unequivocally communicating the complexity of the human condition. Seen by an estimated 2,000,000 fans throughout the United States and more than 40 countries on five continents, CPRDE continues to be a leader in dance innovation and the promotion of American dance heritage.
CPRD Ensemble members are a key component to our outreach programs—performing thousands of hours of outreach in our local community and beyond.
Learn more about our Ensemble Members by clicking on their name below!
A Kansas City native, Ms. Abel trained for twelve years under full scholarship at the Kansas City Ballet School. She studied in New York at the Ailey School as a Fellowship recipient, and received her BFA in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her professional career includes performances with Quixotic Performance Fusion, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, the Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and as an Apprentice with the Kansas City Ballet. Ms. Abel is now in her tenth season with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and is also Rehearsal Director for the Ensemble
Growing up in Hammond IN, Mr. Boatner trained in multiple dance techniques at the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts. An alum of Indiana University, he performed there in notable works including Kyle Abrahams “Radio Show”, Jose Limon’s “Psalm”, Andrea Millers “Spill”, Jerome Robbins “Fanfare”, and the original restaging of Twyla Tharp’s “Deuce Coupe” and Rennie Harris’ “Home”. He has also toured professionally with Elizabeth Shea Dance in Philadelphia and New York and performed overseas with Norwegian Creative Studios. After one season as an apprentice, Mr. Boatner is now in his first season as an Ensemble member.
Originally from Houston, Ms. Francisco graduated in 2012 from the High School of Performing and Visual Arts as a dance major. She subsequently received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2016 from Point Park University with repertoire from Jessica Lang, Terrance Marling, Troy Powell, Bennyroyce Royon, Garfield Lemonius and MADBOOTS. In 2010, her sophomore year, her student choreography project “Tales of Courage“, was featured at the American College Dance Association Conference. After graduating from Point Park, she joined the Lula Washington Dance Theater in Los Angeles for two seasons, performing works by Kyle Abraham, Donald Bryd, Rennie Harris, Christopher Huggins and David Roussève. In 2018, Ms. Francisco moved to Denver to join the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble where she is now in her fourth season.
Born in Detroit, Ms. Goshea trained at the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts and Oakland University, receiving her BFA. She has performed with the Brown Dance Project, Patterson Rhythm and Pace, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, SMAGDance Company and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). After being a member of Cleo II and an apprentice to the Ensemble, she is now in her tenth season with the Ensemble.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Hahm first trained with the Muyoungnara academy in Ilsan, Korea, and later with the Seoul Arts High School and the Korea National University of Arts. She received 2nd prize from Tanz Olimp in Berlin, a scholarship from Alvin Ailey in NYC through her performances at the Seoul International Dance Competition. After graduation she moved to Manhattan, training in Horton technique for a year at the Ailey school. She also performed ‘Tail Language’ by Art project BORA in Seoul, ‘LAUNCH:10’ with North West Dance Project in Portland and ‘Kodafe’ with I KADA contemporary dance in NYC. This is Ms. Hahm’s sixth season with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
Mr. Rashad has worked with numerous productions (Lion King the Broadway Musical, Cirque Du Soleil, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Joel Hall Dancers, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Molodi Extreme Body Percussion) and acclaimed artists (Willdabeast, Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, Mia Michaels, Paul Mitchell, Ray Mercer, Homer Bryant, Randy Duncan, Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar, Kishema Pendu, Comfort Fedoke, Cardi B, Nicky Jam, Steve Aoki, Black Eyed Peas, Yusuf Nasir, Nigel Lythgoe, Brian Friedman and Kirby Reed). He is a choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil’s charity production ‘Amanzi’; a founding member of the WNBA’s Wild Card Crew for the Las Vegas “Aces”; a featured dancer in Sun Pictures’ Bollywood blockbuster “Sakar” (Netflix) and is featured in ongoing campaigns for Denny’s and the Grand Canyon. As a former CPRD Ensemble member, he is proud to return as a guest artist+ for “Journeys”.
A Florida native, Ms. Lynnice began her training at the Academy of Ballet Arts and Artz 4 Life Academy, Inc. in Tampa Bay. A graduate of New World School of the Arts, she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from The Hartt School in Hartford, CT. Touring nationally as a principle dancer with DunDu Dole West African Ballet, she performed in the Chocolate Nutcracker as ‘Claire’ and ‘The Dream Princess”. She has performed works by master choreographers including Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Doug Varone, and Darrell Grand Moultrie, and attended summer workshops with Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, RIOULT, and White Mountain Dance Festival. This is Ms. Lynnice’s fourth season with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
Originally from Fremont California, Ms. Maduro began training in dance under the direction of Yoko Young and later joined Nor Cal Dance Arts under the direction of Tawnya Kuzia. She has studied at the Ailey School, the Martha Graham School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance. While at UCI, she was honored in 2017 to perform as part of the distinguished Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble. She has performed works by Donald McKayle, Martha Graham, Darshan Singh Bhuller, and Tong Wang. Upon graduation, Ms. Maduro joined Cleo II, and after one season as apprentice, is now in her first season as an Ensemble member.
Originally from Kansas City, MO. Mr. Mckinzy studied with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey under the direction of Tyrone Aiken. Currently a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, he has also worked with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Nu-World Contemporary Danae Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet, and Briah Danse. Siginificant career highlights include premiering Cleo Parker Robinson’s “Lark Ascending” in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony and performing in works by Donald McKayle such as Uprooted: Pero Replantado , Crossing the Rubicon: Passing the Point of No Return and Songs of the Disinherited.
A Columbus, OH native, Mr. Ratcliffe first trained at Fort Hayes Performing Arts MEC under Marva “China” White (Dance Theatre of Harlem) in the Pre-Professional program. Involved in numerous productions, he has worked with renowned choreographers including Laurieanne Gibson, Gil Dudilduo, and several of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” competitors. He spent a season with the Dayton Contemporary Dance 2nd company, while shaping a non-profit company to advance professional development and community outreach through hip hop culture. After two seasons with Cleo II, he is now in his seventh season as a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
A St. Louis native, Mr. Roberts first trained at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), graduating with a BFA from the University of Missouri Kansas-City (UMKC) Conservatory with an emphasis in Dance Performance and Choreography. His training includes studies with Antonio Douthit -Boyd, Alicia Graf-Mack, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Christopher Page-Sanders (Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and Nu-World Contemporary Danse Company), Rolando Yaines (Milwaukee Ballet), Jessica Taylor (DAMAGED Dance Company), Alonzo King (LINES Ballet Company), and Gary Abbott (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater). Mr. Roberts performed with Ballet Eclectica and COCADance and participated in numerous musical theater performances at COCA through the FOX Charitable Foundation. This is Mr. Roberts fourth season with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
Originally from Sarasota, FL. Ms. von Wood began her earliest classical ballet training under the direction of Wilmian Hernandez. At age fourteen, she joined the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Conservatory under the direction of Ariel Serrano. Having participated in Summer Intensives with The Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet School, Sarasota Ballet School, and The Carreno Dance Festival, she later graduated from The Ailey School Certificate Program in New York. While touring with the Ailey Student Performance Group, she performed works by Ray Mercer, Carlos Dos Santos, Jr., and Earl Mosley. Upon graduation, Topaz joined Cleo II, and after one season as an apprentice, is now in her first season as an Ensemble member.
Cleo II was founded in 2011 in Denver Colorado. This pre-professional/apprentice company focuses on developing young adult dancers in preparation for entering the professional field of dance. The company’s major focuses are community outreach and education, technical development and the cultivation of artistic excellence.
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Raised in Florida, Mr. Rashad, as a young martial arts student, was inspired by the spontaneous break dancing among his peers in the dojo, and by the performances of Michael Jackson. These influences motivated him towards dance improvisation. In grade school, director Janine Papin invited him to perform in the Boys n Girls Club’s “Aida” production, and encouraged him to apply for scholarships at a local studio and the private school where she was executive director of the performing arts department. Focusing his passion, he continued his studies throughout high school and college. In 2020 during the pandemic, Mr. Crane graduated with his BFA in dance performance and in 2021 moved to Denver to join Cleo II.
Originally from California, Mr. Green is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts, Dance, Cum Laude. During university, he choreographed for Fall Dance Theatre and Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, California, and toured throughout California and neighboring states with Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre. Post-graduation, he has been a part of three dance films produced by Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, including choreographing for their film “Elucidators”. This is his second season with Cleo II.
Originally from California, Ms. Johnson has worked professionally in dance companies, musicals, cruise ships, and commercial work. Holding a her BFA in Dance from UCSB, she explored the NYC concert dance world with Roschman Dance, Lydia Johnson Dance Company, and KaDance. She subsequently spent several years performing in musicals including “The Music Man”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “CATS” for both regional and cruise ship productions. She has expanded her passion for movement through teaching diverse dance fitness and yoga styles to both adults and children and is now in her first season with Cleo II.
A native of Florida, Ms. Poli is a Jacksonville University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Kinesiology. Her early training focused on the ballet aesthetic but expanded through her university training where she was exposed to Modern dance (Limon, Gaga, and Muller techniques) commercial styles (Street Jazz, Vogue, dance on film), and she worked directly with MFA candidates on their thesis projects. Her college experience allowed her to work directly with teaching artists who instilled a deep awareness of what dance means to the human existence, the healing nature of the arts, and the role of dance as an integral element of human nature. Having graduated in 2020, Ms. Poli is now in her second season with Cleo II.
A California native and University of California, Irvine graduate, Ms. Sandoval received her BFA in Dance Performance. While at UC Irvine, she danced in the iconic Donald McKayle’s final Etude Ensemble, and in 2019 received the Donald McKayle Endowment for Modern Dance. A soloist in Lar Lubovitch’s “North Star”, she worked directly with Dante Puleio, Artistic Director of the Limon Dance Company. In Israel, she worked with several Israeli modern dance companies including Batsheva Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company, and Kolben Dance Company. Having studied with the Alvin Ailey Professional Division Program and the Abraham in Motion Summer Intensive in New York City, she now joins Cleo II for her first season.
A native of Bermuda, Ms. Willis began training at In Motion School of Dance. Graduating magna cum laude from Dean College School of Dance with a Bachelor of Arts, she received her Post Baccalaureate Teaching License from the University of North Carolina. With additional training from the American Ballet Theater, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance, RIOULT, and River North Dance Chicago, she performed works by Martha Graham, Duane Cyrus, Christian Von Howard, Gaspard Louis, Blakeley White McGuire, Robert Battle, Frank Chaves, Kim Jones, and Kevin Iega Jeff. She has taught dance for over 15 years, has a Horton Teacher Training Certificate, and serves as Artistic Director of the Bermuda Civic Ballet. Having danced with Movement Migration, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Charlotte, Gaspard and Dancers, Caroline Calouche and Co., Ms. Willis is now in her second season with Cleo II.
For ages 13-19, a member of the Training Track who has demonstrated technical and artistic excellence will be selected for the Youth Ensemble. The Youth Ensemble is the performing aspect of the Training Track–they perform throughout the community as well as some CPRDE Concerts such as Granny Dances To A Holiday Drum and Dance Africa.
For ages 8-13, a member of the Training Track who has demonstrated that they are performance ready and dedicated to increase their training and performance opportunities. They will also have the opportunity to perform in the community as well as some CPRDE Concerts such as Granny Dance To A Holiday Drum and Dance Africa, to name a few.