Cleo Parker Robinson
Hall Of Fame Inductee — 2010
Founder/Executive Artistic Director/Choreographer/Producer, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Cleo Parker Robinson is founder, executive artistic director and choreographer of the 40-year-old artistic institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, based in Denver. She has taught and performed with her Ensemble in such diverse places as Iceland, Singapore, Hawaii, Nassau, Belize, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, throughout Europe, and on all four corners of the African continent.
People of all ages and backgrounds have participated in her workshops and master classes. As the founder of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance she leads a professional dance Ensemble, Youth Ensemble, a School of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 300-seat theatre that bears her name, and a myriad of community outreach programs. Her philosophy of "One Spirit, Many Voices" is reflected in all that she does, and is the vision she brings to everyone she meets, everywhere she goes.
In 1974, she received the Colorado's Governor's Award for Excellence, and in 1989, she was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. President Clinton appointed her in 1998 to the National Council on the Arts, where she served until 2005.
Throughout her amazing career, she has been an unwavering supporter of her native city, Denver. In addition to her own accomplishments, she has advanced the arts in Denver - and the worldwide perception of Denver as a city of rich and diverse culture. For her many contributions to Denver's artistic legacy, she is inducted into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.
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