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      School of Dance Welcomes Four Renowned Dancers to “Choreographers’ Concert” Production


      In the spirit of “So, You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” and other popular reality shows, the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College presents Choreographers’ Concert for Dance Momentum weekend beginning on Friday, February 21, 2014, featuring Dean College dance students and renowned guest choreographer judges.  Additionally, Dean College will host Master Classes open to the public on February 22, 2014.

      “Dancers and dance lovers in the community should mark Feb. 21st and 22nd in their calendars as an important and inspiring weekend of dance,” said Julianne Pedersen O’Brien, Dean of the School of Dance. Dancers will get the chance to take classes in Contemporary, Afro-Modern, Hip Hop, and Modern Repertory from renowned performer/choreographers, as well as participate in a talk back session with the artists.”

      The Choreographers’ Concert on Friday, February 21st will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Guidrey Center, featuring Dean College dance students and renowned guest choreographer judges. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors/children.  The College will host master classes on February 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The fee is $70, which includes lunch and your choice of attending one to all four classes. 

      The two-day dance event features David Parker teaching a modern technique class with elements of choreographic investigation, Nyama McCarthy Brown teaching Afro-Modern, Marc Kimelman teaching Hip Hop, and Martin Lofsnes teaching traditional modern technique.

      David Parker is the artistic director of The Bang Group, commissioned by The American Dance Festival, The Yard, and Dance Theater Workshop.

      Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown holds a PhD in Dance Education and Cultural Studies from Temple University.  She is a visiting professor at Bowdoin College.  Additionally, she has performed with Ballethnic Dance Company. 

      Marc Kimelman has worked with the New York City Ballet, Katy Perry, Phish, Neil Young, and Chaka Kahn.  His Broadway credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Broadway Bares, and Play It Cool. 

      Martin Lofsnes is a principle dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, a dancer with Maurice Bejart and Matthew Bourne, and faculty with the Ailey School and Martha Graham School.  Additionally, he is the artistic director of 360º Dance Company. 

      Pedersen O’Brien added, “it is an affordable and exciting day of dancing and learning about dance, and it is an honor to bring these guest to the regional community! It is a dance weekend not to be missed.”

      To purchase tickets to the Choreographer’s Concert visit the calendar of events page at  To register for a Master Class, visit or contact Tracy Lane at (508) 541-1606 or via email at

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      Dean College Family & Alumni Day, September 20, 2014


      This Saturday, September 20, Dean College will be hosting its annual Family & Alumni Day, a day chocked full of activities for students, children and alumni.

      Throughout the day, attendees can shop in the bookstore (open from 8:30am to 4:00pm) or take a campus tour (tours leave at 9:30am, 10:00am and 10:30am). They may also attend an Open House at any School of their choice. The open houses are a great time for families to meet college deans, faculty and advisors, and to learn what students are studying in classes.

      On an athletic note, alumni can participate in a yearly tradition: the Alumni vs. Men’s Lacrosse and the Alumni vs. Baseball games! Other athletic events include the 12:00pm Women’s Soccer game, the 1:00pm Football game and the 2:00pm Men’s Soccer game. Take the shuttle down to Longley Field between 11:30am and 4:30pm and enjoy some food and fun at the Game Day Cookout!

      Following all the day’s events is the Dean Showcase at the Guidrey Center. This is a special evening of performances by alumni, students, faculty and staff who will present scenes, songs and dances for the Dean community.

      Please be aware that some events may cost money and that Dean College accepts cash only.

      To learn more about the schedule of Family & Alumni Day, head to

      We hope to see you on Saturday!

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      Dean College Announces Adoption of MassTransfer Block Policy


      Dean College has recently partnered with the Massachusetts Community Colleges system in recognizing the MassTransfer Block for full transfer upon acceptance to Dean College.  Similar to the agreement already in existence among the public higher education institutions in MA, students from all 15 community colleges who successfully complete this block of 34 credits of general education with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 will meet the general education core requirements for the Dean College curriculum. 

      “Dean College recognizes that students wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s degree should have as many options as possible as they continue their education.  We strive to make the transfer process seamless and efficient and this agreement will simplify the transfer process for students,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment Services and Marketing at Dean College.

      As a small college Dean offers unmatched personal and academic support assuring student’s success as evidenced by students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree within four years at a rate above 95%.  Additionally, Dean College makes available more than $19 million in merit aid which transfer students are eligible to receive.

      Students and transfer advisors interested in learning more about Dean’s transfer option should contact the Dean College Admissions Office at 1-877-TRY-DEAN or visit our website

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      Undefeated Season Intact

      Sadarius Williams ran for three touchdown and Derrill Thomas returned a punt for a 60-yard touchdown as the Dean Bulldogs ran their record to 3-0 with a 35-6 win over Globe Institute of Technology (New York, NY).  Dean scored first with a 1-yard TD run by Williams, but Globe came right back with a long touchdown pass to cut the lead to 7-6.  Dean added two more touchdowns in the first half for a 21-6 lead, and added two scores in the third quarter to put the game away. 

      Dean plays Hudson Valley Community College next week in the Family Day game at 1pm at Longley Field.

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      Dean College 2nd Annual Bulldog Invitational Soccer Tournament


      Dean College to host 2nd Annual Bulldog Invitational Soccer Tournament September 13 & 14, 2014 at Longley Field, 69 Maple Street, Franklin. Game times 12 00 noon & 2 00 p.m. FEATURING • Free Soccer Clinic on Saturday September 13th

      Dean College is currently hosting the 2nd Annual Bulldog Invitational Soccer Tournament September 13 & 14, 2014 at Longley Field, 69 Maple Street, Franklin. Game times 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.

      In day one action, the Men's Soccer team defeated ASA, 2-1 to advance to the championship game against Bunker Hill CC, who defeated Bronx CC, 7-1.

      In Women's Soccer, Dean went to 4-0 with 6-0 win over Bunker Hill. They will play ASA on Sunday at 12 noon.

      What is the Bulldog Invitational?

      FEATURING • Free Soccer Clinic on Saturday September 13th for all players ages 6-14 at 10:00 AM on Longley Field. Just bring your own ball to participate!

      Women's teams will play both games at 12:00 noon on Saturday and Sunday. Teams include:
      Dean College:
      Bunker Hill CC
      Holyoke CC
      Women will play both games at 12:00 on Sat. and Sun.
      Men will play both games at 2:00 on Sat. and Sun

      Men's Teams will play both games at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Teams include:
      Dean College
      Bunker Hill CC
      Bronx CC

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      Dean College to Host 18th Annual President’s Cup


      The 18th Annual Dean College President’s Cup will take place on Monday, September 15 at the Franklin Country Club. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Dean College Scholarship Fund.

      Throughout the past 17 years, the Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament has had a profound and positive effect on the education of Dean College students. Support from players and sponsors has helped the College raise more than $1,000,000 for Dean College scholarships and these scholarships have helped hundreds of students over the years.

      While tickets to participate are sold out and Dean College is no longer accepting sponsors for this event, you may donate to the Dean College Scholarship Fund directly at

      To learn more about the event itself, please visit

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