Denver choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson on ‘Dance Africa’ and social change

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in "Arranged," choreographed by Milton Myers

Cleo Parker Robinson's creative imprint on Denver's art scene goes deep. The choreographer helped launch the Denver School of the Arts and choreographed Opera Colorado's first production. She also heads her own dance troupe -- the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

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Denver choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson photographed at Colorado Public Radio on May 6, 2015.

Born in Denver's Five Points, Robinson has witnessed the city go through major transitions. This is often reflected in her art, and, on Friday and Saturday she's putting on the fifth edition of "Dance Africa."


  • "Dance Africa" at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre in Denver.

Web extras:

Robinson on her mom defending her from a physical attack.


Robinson on growing up around the Bonfils Theater and choreographing the first Opera Colorado production.