Northglenn Arts Presents

A Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Production

February 25-26 at 7:30 PM

at the DL Parsons Theatre

 Livestream Tickets Available!  $20


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required. Seating is limited to 50 participants. Concessions not available. For further information, visit our Social Distancing Regulations page.

The world-famous Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will perform “Rise & Move,” which celebrates diversity, equity, community, and carry the holiday spirit of Kwanzaa into 2021.

This commitment to diversity has spread throughout the city. The City of Northglenn government and the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation have each made diversity a high-level goal in their 5-year action plans.

“It has always been a goal for Northglenn Arts to provide the opportunity for diverse stories to be told,” said Cultural Programs Supervisor Michael Stricker. “No matter the medium, the arts represent a wonderfully neutral area where all types of artists can come to tell their story in front of an audience as diverse as they are.”

The audience situation this year will be dramatically different than when Cleo Parker Robinson Dance graced the D.L. Parsons last February. Only 50 audience members will be allowed per event, and all of them must wear masks. But don’t worry if you’re concerned about crowds or can’t obtain tickets. The two shows will be live streamed, so you can watch from anywhere with internet access.

“In developing our Rise & Move performance at the DL Parsons Theatre for Northglenn Arts, the theme from the first day of Kwanzaa entered my mind and heart. Umoja (Unity) focuses on togetherness and community; it refers to the African saying ‘I Am Because We Are. Rise & Move celebrates and understands the beauty, power, and passion of Unity—we all need each other. Arts and dance bring us together with music in mind, body, and spirit. When we are unified in ourselves, we can better connect with others in community. The pieces we will perform for you, whether you see them live or virtually, take our bottled-up energy and inspire getting up and moving together.” — Cleo Parker Robinson


My Bahia  

Choreographer: Cleo Parker Robinson

Dancers: Topaz von Wood, Chloé Abel, and Samiyah Lynnice

Music: Brazilian & Babatunde Olatunji

Everything Must Change

Choreographer: Cleo Parker Robinson

Dancer: Jasmine Francisco

Music: Quincy Jones

Danny Boy (excerpts from “Dry Each Other’s Tears in the Stillness of the Night”)

Choreographer: David Roussève

Dancers: Chloé Abel, Martez Mckinzy

Music:  Jackie Wilson


Performed and Choreographed by Ralaya Goshea

Music: “Images” and “Four Women” by Nina Simone

Poems: “Prelude to Black Magic” by Ralaya Goshea and “Black Magic” by Chucky Black

The Flame That Lights Me When I’m Gloomy 

Performed and Choreographed by Samiyah Lynnice, Corey Boatner, and Jasmine Francisco

Music: “In A Sentimental Mood” Duke Ellington, Miles Davis

Tributo Celia Cruz

Performed and Choreographed by Edgar Aguirre and Yoojung Hahm

Music: “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz

Excerpt from Lush Life (World Premiere 1983)

Choreographer: Cleo Parker Robinson in Collaboration with Dr. Maya Angelou

Dancers: Samiyah Lynnice, Corey Boatner, and Martez Mckinzy

Music:  Max Roach, Billy Wallace

World Changers

Performed and Choreographed by Topaz von Wood

Music: Great Big Story – Black Lives Matter Protests Around the World

“Healing Waters” and “We Rise” (excerpts from the MOVE/ment)

Choreographer: Cleo Parker Robinson

Dancers: Ensemble

Music: Bettye Miller & Milt Abel and Groove Junkies