Cleo Parker Robinson
Cleo Parker Robinson is an American dancer and choreographer. She is most known for being the founder, namesake and executive creative director of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. She was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1989, and named to the National Council on the Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1999.In 2005 she also received a Kennedy Center Medal of Honor during the Center's "Masters of African American Choreographers"
She is most noted for founding the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in 1970.The ensemble is widely respected and recognized. It has toured internationally, performed at the Lincoln Center and received coverage and positive reviews from the New York Times,[Washington Post and LA Times. Representative Mark Udall gave tribute to the ensemble on the floor of the US House of Representatives in 2005 to honor its 35th anniversary.
One of her more notable artistic creations is "Lush Life," a jazz, poetry and dance collaboration she created together with Maya Angelou.