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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 email@example.com.
Iris Godes as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions. Godes
has over 25 years of experience in higher education. Her new role will focus on
setting the enrollment strategy for Dean College.
her new position at Dean, Godes served as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment
Management at Quinsigamond Community College, where she oversaw the admissions
office, created and implemented recruitment strategies, established admission
acceptance policies and managed application processing. During her tenure,
Godes also managed the Financial Aid Office, supervising, evaluating and
training staff members. Additionally, Iris has also worked at Boston
University, Seattle University, and Arizona State University. “I am really
looking forward to working with the admissions team at Dean,” said Godes. “I
believe in having a collaborative approach to the recruitment and enrollment
process, one that maximizes each individual’s strengths while benefiting from
the diversity amongst the staff, raising them to the next level.”
holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and a B.S. in
Psychology from Syracuse University. She has served on local, regional and
national boards and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). Additionally, Iris has presented
at numerous conferences both locally and nationally and has served as a
volunteer counselor at Framingham High School, assisting students and families
with the college application and financial aid process.
are excited to welcome Iris to Dean College,” said John Marcus, Vice President
of Enrollment Services and Marketing. “Given her extensive background in
admissions and financial aid at a variety of higher education institutions, Iris
will be instrumental in guiding our enrollment strategies and continuing to
promote the Dean Difference to our various constituencies.”
Dean College recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Disability Empowerment campaign, in which
the learning, intellectual, and developmental disability industries unite to
raise awareness about overcoming obstacles often faced by those with a
We are proud to be featured alongside industry influencers,
associations and public figures such as Daymond John, Henry Winkler, Temple
Grandin, the Special Olympics organization and many more who share their personal
experiences, triumphs and awareness efforts. The campaign was distributed
through the Washington Post on June 20, 2014 and is published online and in hard copy. To read the full campaign, click here: http://bit.ly/1kUN4SV.
Each summer, Dean College hosts its New Student Orientation
(NSO) program that is designed to prepare enrolled students for a successful
introduction to college.
This program is a day and a half long (including an
overnight stay in one of the dormitories) and allows students and their
families to sample the many different aspects of Dean. NSO not only offers
informative workshops and presentations but it also offers fun activities for
students and parents alike.
Dean will be hosting NSO I from Monday, June 23 to Tuesday,
June 24, NSO II from Thursday, June 26 to Friday, June 27, and NSO III from
Thursday, July 10 to Friday, July 11.
The goal of this program is to familiarize students and
their families with the academic support, residence life programs and
technology services available on campus. You will also have fun, meet faculty
and staff, and make friends with other Dean students!
To learn more about the program and register, please check
out this link: www.dean.edu/nso.
Dr. Linda Ragosta recently left Dean College after 9
years of service.
As Vice President of Academic Affairs and Planning, Linda
has been an instrumental member of the Senior Management team at Dean College
since 2005. For the past 9 years, Linda has led the college in successfully
implementing its mission. The dedication that she has shown to Dean exemplifies
the Dean Difference and the care that each individual member of the Dean
community shows to bettering the community as a whole.
Best of luck in any and all future
will truly be missed at Dean!
College Athletic Director John Jackson has been awarded the 2013-2014 Under
Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award (ADOY) for the Junior/Community
College division. It is the third time that John has been selected to receive
Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their
commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their
will be recognized at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of
Athletics (NACDA) 49th Annual Convention Awards Luncheon at the
World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida on June 11, 2014.
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