Under the direction of Cleo Parker Robinson, Founder and Artistic Director, 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 articulating the complexity of the human condition.
CPRDE numbers 12 talented and versatile dancers. A typical CPRDE season includes an international tour, a United States tour to more than 10 cities, and a full performance season in Denver, Colorado. In its nearly 50-year history, the Ensemble has been seen by approximately 2,000,000 people throughout the U.S. and more than 20 countries on 5 continents. CPRD is a leader in dance innovation and a keeper of the American dance heritage.