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

      01/27/2014

      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 www.dean.edu.  To register for a Master Class, visit www.dean.edu/worldofdance or contact Tracy Lane at (508) 541-1606 or via email at tlane@dean.edu.

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      Dean College Hosts Summer Preview Day, August 7, 2015

      07/28/2015


      Dean College will be a Summer Preview Day on Friday, August 7, 2015.

      Come and experience the Dean Difference! Summer Preview Day includes an information session starting at 10:00am where you will learn all about what Dean College has to offer. Then you will head out on a tour of campus led by one of our current students. Finish the day with lunch in the Smith Dining Center where admission counselors will be available to answer all your questions. 

      Tentative Schedule:

      • 9:30am- Check-in at the Campus Center
      • 10:00am- Information Session
      • 11:00am- Tours of Campus 
      • 12:00pm- Lunch in Smith Dining Center

      We look Forward to seeing you on-campus!

      To reserve your space, click here register online or contact the Office of Admissions at 508-541-1508 or toll free at 1-877-TRY DEAN.

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      John Rooke Named Director of The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College

      07/17/2015

      Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Mass., welcomed John Rooke as director of The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management and Distinguished Executive Faculty in the Schools of Business and the Arts.

      The Center was created by Dean College as an academic partnership with the Kraft Sports Group (KSG). It will provide opportunities for students to gain insight from KSG officials, including executives of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Patriot Place.

      "I'm thrilled to be a part of this initiative at Dean College,” said Rooke. “I am looking forward to working with the students to provide new educational experiences through our relationship with the Kraft Sports Group, including the Patriots and the Revolution. The students at Dean will be the real winners here.  It's a chance to learn from professionals in the sports and entertainment industries."

      Rooke is an award-winning broadcaster and a member of the 2011 class for the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame. He has more than 30 years of electronic, print and new media experience in large and small markets as well as at the network level. For the past 26 years, he has served as the play-by-play voice for Providence College basketball. Additionally, he has served as the public address announcer for the New England Patriots for the past 22 seasons. Rooke also serves as a featured columnist for Patriots.com and WEEI.com and has authored a book on the history of radio in Rhode Island entitled "Rhode Island Radio" (Arcadia Publishing, 2012).

      A 1981 journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rooke has held a position as adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston. He has been named one of the top sports broadcasting instructors in the country by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Rooke also serves as a commercial voice artist and an auctioneer.

      “We are excited to have John join the Dean College team,” said Dr. Paula M. Rooney, President of Dean College. “Evolving our partnership with the Kraft Sports Group and growing The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management are primary goals for our institution and John will play a significant role in driving these goals.”

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      Dean College Hosts Summer Preview Day, July 24, 2015

      07/16/2015

      Dean College will be hosting the first of three Summer Preview Days on Friday, July 24, 2015.

      Come and experience the Dean Difference! Summer Preview Day includes an information session starting at 10:00am where you will learn all about what Dean College has to offer. Then you will head out on a tour of campus led by one of our current students. Finish the day with lunch in the Smith Dining Center where admission counselors will be available to answer all your questions. Register to attend.

      Tentative Schedule:

      • 9:30am- Check-in at the Campus Center
      • 10:00am- Information Session
      • 11:00am- Tours of Campus 
      • 12:00pm- Lunch in Smith Dining Center

      Click here to register to attend.

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      Dean College Performance of Taming of the Shrew on the Quad, July 24-26, 2015

      07/16/2015

      Produced by Dean College and Star Players of Massachusetts, this performance of The Taming of the Shrew is sure to be a hit!

      Join us for an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s most uproarious comedy, The Taming of the Shrew! The performance is directed by Daniel Kozar and will feature Dean College students along with local performers.

      Performances will take place on the Dean Quad* on Friday and Saturday, July 24 & 25 at 7:00pm and again on Sunday at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair on which to enjoy the show!

      Dean College alumni are also invited to attend a reception prior to the show on Friday, July 24, 2015. Click here to register to attend. This event is also free to attend!

      *Rain location in The Chapel inside Dean Hall

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      William “Bill” Evans Intensive Performances Open to Public, July 16 & 18, 2015

      07/16/2015

      Three professional dance performances will take place as part of the William “Bill” Evans Dance Intensives on Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18.

      All three shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Main Stage and are open to the public.

      Tickets for these shows are $15 for one concert, $25 for two concerts and $30 for three concerts. Cash or check will be accepted at the door. The Wednesday concert will feature performances by Bill Evans, Don Halquist and Claire Porter. The Thursday and Saturday concerts will be composed of somatics-based works by distinguished choreographers from around the country whose works were selected for presentation at the International Conference.

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