The Dancing with the Denver Stars Gala is the premier fundraiser for CPRD’s Arts-in-Education and outreach program. Long before “Arts in Education” was a commonly used term, Cleo Parker Robinson had a vision. Her Ensemble would tour and those funds would support teaching the next generation dance. Today, CPRD provides dance and movement education in schools across the Denver-Metro area using the power of dance to enrich the lives of children across Colorado.

Funds raised during the Gala support schools that meet one or more of these criteria: Commitment to arts-enriched curriculum, schools with an 80% or higher free and reduced lunch rate (FRL), and/or schools located in the Five Points neighborhood.

We hope you will join us for what has been called “The very best, and most fun, fundraising event in Denver.”

Individual tickets are $275 per person

Dinner committee and corporate tables of ten are available, pricing ranges from $5000 to $15,000. Please contact Hillary (303-594-3456) to find out more about sponsor benefits.

Sponsorship Information

DWTDS 2023 Sponsors

Dance of Life Sponsors

  • Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Xcel Energy
  • Jerome Davis, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Dance of Passion Sponsors

  • The Equity Project
  • Jane and Skip Netzorg
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Safeway
  • Mortenson Construction
  • Mayor Hancock

Dance of Grace Sponsors

  • Alpine Bank
  • Colorado State University
  • Empower
  • Hilton Hotel
  • US Bank
  • Vectra Bank

Dance of Faith Sponsors

  • Denver Ballet Guild
  • CPRD table sponsored by Amazon
  • City of Northglenn
  • Arts Alliance
  • CHFA
  • CO Bank
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Dr. Reggie and Faye Washington
  • Farley Health Policy Center
  • CPRD table sponsored by Ann and Hal Logan
  • Janus Henderson
  • Lonnie Porter
  • RTL Networks
  • The Denver Zoo & Delta Dental

2023 Stars

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is pleased to announce this year’s Gala STARS:

Terrell Davis
Former Denver Broncos and 2x Super Bowl Champion

Dakeena Jones
Human Resources; Cannabis Industry 

Cody Fields
Special Olympics Colorado Athlete

Meredith Leighty
Mayor of NorthGlen; Principal of Belmar School of Integrated Arts

Maisha Fields
Executive Director; Fields Foundation

Laura Nieto
Southwest Airlines

Kelly Flenniken
Director of Community Relations; Xcel Energy

Naquetta Ricks
State Representative; State of Colorado 

Michelle Griego
Morning Anchor; CBS News Colorado

Chris Ross
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager; US Bank 

Lauren Guthrie
Vice President of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action (IDEA) and Talent Development; VF Corporation

Brian Vogt
CEO; Botanic Gardens

Brian Holland
Director of Business Development; Mortenson


We asked our Alumni Stars why they wanted to dance…. a few of their responses below:

“Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company has been a legacy  institution within the Denver community for many years. Dance, culture, and the arts are important vehicles that both connect and fuel our humanity.” Ivan Burwell, StreetSource

“Cleo & I partnered back in the late 70’s. Now almost 35 years later, Cleo has offered me an opportunity to put a pause as a physician for a few hours, so I can learn the art of the dance…  But in the words of Bernie Mac…  I’m not scared.” Dr. Johnny Johnson, Western OBGYN


“I am honored to share the stage with one of Colorado’s most valuable treasures – Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. The dance and performing arts are very special to me because they give color, life, movement and inspiration to our communities – most especially our children. Marcia Romero, CoBizBank

“I didn’t understand the importance of dance to my own mental and physical well-being until I reached my 20s– but I’ve been dancing ever since.  CPRD’s arts-in-education program helps youth of all ages develop self-confidence, address stress, promote health and receive other benefits through the joy of dance.” Bruce Johnson, Polsinelli

Corporate Sponsorship

2023 Gala Sponsors

Dance of Life Sponsors: Dr. Janine Davidson , President of MSU Denver & Danielle Shoots, New Community Transformation Fund – Denver

Dance of Passion Sponsors: Southwest Airlines — Xcel Energy —Safeway

Our full list of sponsors will be announced in July.

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this year’s gala. Please see our 2023 Dancing with the Denver Stars sponsorship brochure for opportunities. You can also call or email, or call 303-594-3456 for more information.