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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 Students Perform in NFL Pre-Game Show at Gillette Stadium


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      Dean College students helped kick-off the NFL season On Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium where the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots took on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

      Over 125 Dean College students, including AMGT, Business, Dance and Sport Management majors, participated as on-field performers for Thursday’s pre-game celebration. With close to 300 on-field performers, Dean students comprised 50 percent of the on-field pre-game presence at Gillette Stadium.

      Participating as an on-field banner holder was John Reed ’17, a business management major from Warwick, RI. “This was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said John. “It was incredible to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and participate in an event like this. This is an experience that I will tell my kids when I am older. Being involved at Dean has opened up opportunities that I never thought were possible.”

      Dean College was thrilled to partner with the New England Patriots to help deliver a world-class pre-game presentation. Following the performance, students will receive an event debrief in the classroom to bring the learning experience full circle.

      This opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group.

      Check back tomorrow on Facebook and our blog for more information and pictures from the event.

      For more information on The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, click here.

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      Dean College Alum Lucky Whitehead '13 Earns Spot on Dallas Cowboys' Roster



      Franklin, MA (September 7, 2015) – Dean College Alum Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead ‘13 lived up to his nickname this past Saturday, September 5, 2015, earning a spot on the 53-man roster of the Dallas Cowboys.

      Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead was a standout wide receiver at Dean in 2013 before transferring to Florida Atlantic University (FAU). During his time at Dean College, he earned first team All-American honors as well as first team All-Conference recognition at both wide receiver and return specialist. Lucky was recognized as the team's special team player of the year as a senior.

      “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Lucky,” said Todd Vasey, Associate Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Dean College. “It is really exciting to see all of his hard work, dedication, and perseverance payoff for him. Somehow I have a feeling the best is still yet to come.”

      Last year at FAU Lucky averaged 24.6 yards per kickoff return and used his elusiveness and speed (4.41 in the 40) on long touchdowns, on a run (80), and a punt return (73).

      Lucky caught the eye of Dallas Cowboys Owner and GM Jerry Jones early on in training camp. "Lucky has been impressive out here," Jones said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "He seems to always be there solid. He seems to be in position. I like that. He's doing well."

      Wearing a #13 jersey, Lucky solidified his chances of making the team by producing an 8-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tony Romo in the Cowboys’ 28-14 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

      “It was definitely crazy for me,” Whitehead said via Clarence Hill, Jr. of the Star-Telegram. “A lot of guys thought I should have celebrated. I was just letting it soak in. It was such a surreal moment. But it was definitely big.”

      As the NFL season kicks off this Thursday, September 10, 2015, Lucky will have to keep up the momentum. Currently at the 5th spot on the wide receiver list, Lucky will compete with big names like Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Devin Street for a starting spot. Regardless, Lucky has proved his namesake and made the cut.

      For more information on Dean College and Lucky’s journey, visit

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      Fall Sports Kick Off at Dean College

      Dean College kicked off a successful fall season this weekend as the men's soccer team defeated Ben Franklin Institute of Technology 11-0.  The victory was the first college win as a head coach for Coach Resendes.

      On Sunday, it was the Dean football team's turn, as they defeated Western New England JV 44-6 at the Longley Athletic Complex in Franklin, MA. 

      Congratulations to both teams!

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      First Year Convocation, Tuesday, September 15, 2015


      Dean College will welcome the 151st incoming class to campus with the First Year Convocation ceremony on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

      First Year Convocation is a Dean College tradition that welcomes freshmen to the Dean community. All freshmen attend this formal college induction ceremony headed by Dean College President Paula M. Rooney, college deans and other faculty and staff.


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      Dean College Children’s Center Hosts Preschool Exploration Open House, September 4, 2015


      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on September 4, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Parents of children 2 years old to 6 years are encouraged to bring their child to explore the school and learn about our program. Applications are being accepted for 5-day morning, 2-day morning, 3-day morning preschool programs or 4-day Pre-K program. Preschool begins on September 14, 2015.

      Innovative and progressive, the school is NAEYC accredited and well known in the community for an inspiring preschool experience. Dean Children’s Center is a lab school for ECE majors, with teachers-in-training alongside credentialed teachers. The center has a very professional and caring environment, using a developmental approach to education which reflects current research in child development and peer conflict resolution. “We are a regional resource to parents and educators on peer conflict resolution in young children and our lab school uses best practices in early education of children,” said Faith Nickolas, Director of the Children’s Center.

      Dean College Children’s Center is located at 144 School Street in Franklin. For more information, email Faith at or call 508-541-1598.

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