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Cleo Parker Robinson breaks ground on $20 million ‘Center for Healing Arts’ facility

City Council member Darrell Watson (from right), former Mayor Michael Hancock and former state Rep. Leslie Herod shovel dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's expansion in Five Points. May 15, 2024.| Photo by Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

Author: Isaac Vargas

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance broke ground Wednesday on a 25,000-square-foot, three-level modern expansion adjacent to its historic headquarters.

A crowd of cultural and civic leaders, philanthropic and community supporters and a family of current and former dancers joined the organization’s iconic namesake at the Center for the Healing Arts groundbreaking.

Dressed in a black, white and royal purple custom-made Senegalese garb with white babouche slippers, Malik Robinson, president and CEO of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, thanked a long list of donors from a podium outside of the historic Shorter AME Church. 

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