Gregg gets in touch with his inner BoBo

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The studio has been around for over 40 years. But it almost never came into existence. The founder, Cleo Parker Robinson, suffered kidney failure that led to a heart attack when she was just 10 years old.

Born to an African-American father and a Caucasian mother, Robinson told us it was difficult for her to find a hospital at the time because of segregation. 

"That was hard, they didn't know how to admit me, and where," Parker Robinson said. "I ended up in St. Anthony's hospital in Dallas. I almost died; it was an unbelievable experience."

After recovering, she moved to Colorado and started teaching dance at the tender age of 15. 

"I loved it and have not stopped since," she said. "I just found my passion, which is really wonderful. And I find it in the young people [today] because they are so bright, stimulating, and they can do anything with their bodies."

She started her now world-famous Denver dance studio in 1970. She says the secret to her success is found in the people around her. 

"I think it's surrounding myself with people who really inspire me," Parker Robinson said. "I'm always inspired, whether they're little people like our children who are 3 years old, to elders like Julie Belafonte, who's 84."

During Gregg's visit, he got to try on a colorful costume and mask that is part of BoBo, an African tribal dance.

For more information on Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, visit http://cleoparkerdance.org/  

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