Best Dance Bet: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Presents Passionate Heart

April 2009

cleoparker3Denver's iconic dance troupe, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, worked with two guest choreographers for its latest show, Passionate Heart. Nejla Y. Yatkin, a former Cleo Parker Robinson company member, sets her Middle Eastern-influenced movements to the exotic sounds of Turkish Canadian DJ Mercan Dede. Midwestern dancer Ray Mercer brings his years of modern training with New York City's Alvin Ailey American Dance School and Broadway Dance Center to his piece, "How Push Came to Shove." Fri-Sun, Apr. 3-5, Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Ellie Caulkins Opera House; Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St. $33, $39; official website