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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 Presents Urinetown: the musical, November 19-23, 2014

      11/11/2014

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Urinetown: the musical beginning Wednesday, November 19, 2014 through Sunday, November 23, 2014.

      Urinetown: the musical tells the story of a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20- year drought, and a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. This is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. You won’t want to miss this exciting performance by our very own Dean College students!

      The Dean College production of Urinetown: the musical will take place on the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with additional matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5/$10/$20 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 508-541-1605 or by visiting www.dean.edu/urinetown.

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      Dean College Presents Faculty Works-in-Progress, November 16, 2014

      11/10/2014

      The Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will be holding a Faculty Works-in-Progress Showing on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

      Faculty members participating include: William (Bill) Evans, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Julianne O’Brien Pedersen, William Crowley, Erin Mayfield, Katie McNamara and others.

      The event is FREE and open to the public. The first performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a second showing at 7:30 p.m. at Dean’s Performing Arts Studio (PAS) Stage, located on School Street in Franklin.

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      Dean College to Host Dance & Theatre Open House/Auditions, November 10-15, 2014

      11/03/2014

      Because Dean College believes that college should not be a blind date, we are holding a Dance and Theatre Open House all next week.

      Come to campus and experience campus for yourself during our five-day School of the Arts and Palladino School of Dance Open House. Students interested in the Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts have the opportunity to join current students in actual classes during this time. Classes range from jazz, tap and hip hop to musical theatre performance, auditioning & interviewing and technical theatre.

      Visit www.dean.edu/openhouse to learn more and to register for classes!

      Thinking of attending Dean College but can’t attend any of the days of the Open House? We will also be holding auditions on Saturday, November 15 for those applying Early Action for next fall or for the spring semester. Visit the Auditions website to register for auditions!

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      Veterans Memorial Ceremony & Reception, November 11, 2014

      11/03/2014

      On Tuesday, November 11, Dean College will be honoring its veterans with a ceremony held on campus.

      At 11:15am at the War Memorial on Awpie Way, Dean College and members of the community will be honoring, recognizing and thanking members of the Dean College and Franklin communities who have served our country. There will be a reception following the memorial

      Register to attend this event by visiting www.dean.edu/veterans or by emailing alumni@dean.edu.

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      Dean College Presents Synergy: Freshman Development, November 7, 2014

      11/03/2014

      On Friday, November 7, Dean College first-year students will perform in the Synergy: Freshman Development show.

      Beginning at 7:30pm and taking place in the Guidrey Center in the Campus Center, the Synergy:Freshman Development show will include the Class of 2018 dancers performing works by upperclassmen!

      Tickets for the performance are $5/$10 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 508-541-1605 or by clicking here.

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