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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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      Student Shuttle Schedule, Spring 2015


      Students have the opportunity to take shuttles to and from the airport and shopping destinations around Dean College.

      The new shuttle schedule for spring semester of 2015 is located below:

      Shuttle service to TF Green or Logan: 
      (from Dean College)
      Friday, March 6th: 9am, 1pm, 5pm
      Saturday, March 7th: 9am, 1pm, 5pm  
      May 5th– 7th: 9am, 1pm, 5pm  
      May 8th: 9am, 1pm  
      Shuttle service to Dean College 
      (from TF Green and Logan): 
      Monday, January 19th: 9am-10am, 1pm-2pm, 5pm-6pm
      Sunday, March 15th: 9am-10am, 1pm- 2pm, 5pm-6pm
      Note: The shuttle will stop at all terminals during each hour

      Students looking to take the shopping shuttle may find the updated schedule on Today@Dean.

      Happy travels!

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      Dean College’s Bill Evans Recognized at American Dance Guild Performance Festival 2014


      During the weekend of December 5, 2014, Dean College Palladino School of Dance modern dance artist in residence, Bill Evans, will be honored at the Annual Performance Festival of the American Dance Guild at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. Evans will bring with him eight Dean College students to perform his piece, “Colony,” as part of the honoring events.

      William (Bill) Evans is an internationally known choreographer, performer, teacher, administrator, writer and movement analyst. More than 200 of Evans' works have been performed by professional and pre-professional ballet, modern dance, and tap companies throughout the United States. His company, Bill Evans Dance Company, has performed in all 50 states and in 22 other countries, and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in April 2014.

      The American Dance Guild has brought together national and international artists for the past 58 years. The Annual Performance Festival was established to honor living legends of dance as well as to present many other talented artists and companies. Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco, and Douglas Dunn, founder of Douglas Dunn & Dancers, will be honored alongside Bill Evans.

      Among the eight Dean College students performing Bill Evans’ work are Silvia Laracca, MacKenzie Ferraro, Devon Larcher, Francis Rivera Pacheco, Megan McQuarrie, Abbey Hemmann, Ryane Currie and Angela Miller.

      To learn more about the Festival of the American Dance Guild, visit To learn more about Bill Evans and the Dean College Palladino School of Dance, visit

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      December 2014 Residence Hall Closing Information


      Dean College residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 11th.

      Students must check out of their residence hall room two hours after their last final.

      Prior to leaving students must do the following:

      • Ensure all trash is taken out of the room
      • Unplug all electronics
      • Unplug and defrost any mini fridge units
      • Lock all windows
      • Turn off the light, and lock the door
      • Turn in their key to the residence director, community advisor or designated key drop area

      Students should sign up with their Resident Director or Community Advisor to check out of their room, and return their room key.

      Residents who live further than 500 miles away, and need to stay late due to travel arrangements must go to Chapman House by Wednesday, December 3rd to finalize arrangements. Charges will apply.

      Any questions please contact the Office of Residence Life at or 508-541-1838.

      Students are also encouraged to stop by Chapman House or speak with their RD if they have any questions.

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      Dean College Annual Tree Lighting Thursday, December 4, 2014


      Dean College Annual Tree Lighting Thursday, December 4, 2014

      Dean College Annual Tree Lighting Thursday, December 4, 2014

      Come join the Dean College and Franklin Community at 4:00 p.m. for a well-loved tradition as we kick-off the Franklin Downtown Partnership Holiday Stroll with the lighting of the tree on Awpie Way.  There will be food and music for everyone to enjoy!

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed Wednesday through Friday, November 26-28, 2014


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 26-28, 2014.

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 26-28, 2014.

      Residence Halls will close Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, December 1, 2014.

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