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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 Kicks Off Fall Theatre Season with The Crucible, October 15-19, 2014


      Dean College School of the Arts will begin its fall theatre season with six showings of The Crucible on The Main Stage in the Dean College Campus Center.

      The Crucible focuses upon a young farmer, his wife and a young servant girl, who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in late–17th century Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.

      Tickets can be purchased at

      Dean College Main Stage
      107 W. Central St. (Inside Campus Center)
      Franklin, MA 02038

      October 15: 7:30pm
      October 16: 7:30pm
      October 17: 7:30pm
      October 18: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
      October 19: 2:00pm

      Cast is as follows:
      Reverend Parris - Sean Kaiser
      Tituba - Derique Goodyear
      Abigail Williams - Lexie Hassan
      Susanna Walcott - Lauren Millerick
      Ann Putnam - Mary Hastings
      Thomas Putnam - Owen Sullivan
      Betty Parris - Molly Baker
      Mercy Lewis - Brianna Kuni
      Mary Warren - Jessica Luhmann
      John Proctor - Bernardo Brandt
      Elizabeth Proctor - Gabrielle Fernandes
      Giles Corey - Evan Crocker
      Goody Corey - Taryn Poe
      Rebecca Nurse - Maura Carrington
      Francis Nurse - Travis Sanders
      John Hale - Griffin Kulp
      Ezekiel Cheever - Kenny Donovan
      Judge John Hathorne - Vincent Ratsavong
      John Willard - Mike Motta
      Deputy Gvnr Thomas Danforth - Craig Handel
      Sarah Good - Mia Sanders
      Hopkins - Tyler Jahumpa

      Ensemble: Matthew Joseph, Corinne Apostilides, Chelsea Daniels, Kelly Roberston, Shanera Abdul-Nur

      Tickets can be purchased at

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      Dean College to Hold 30-Day Social Media Challenge


      Beginning Tuesday, October 14, this 30-day social media challenge calls for original photo submissions from the Dean College community. The subjects of the photos range from selfies and close up shots to today's weather and Dean Hall.

      Marketing will give away prizes (Dunkin Donuts gift cards, Boomer's Bucks and Dean Wear) on random days throughout the challenge to the best photo submission of the day. At the end of the challenge, those that submitted most frequently will be entered to win an iPad Mini!

      Join us in celebrating Dean College's 150th Birthday with this fun competition!

      Click here to view the daily photo requirements and good luck!

      Have you heard of the #DeanPhotoADay Instagram Challenge?
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      The schedule for the 2014 Leadership in Action Series has been announced and this year features a strong and diverse group of speakers!

      The Leadership in Action Series features multiple presentations throughout each semester, offering students an exclusive opportunity to hear and interact with regional business leaders. Students will learn their success stories, gaining valuable insight to help launch their own careers. 

      The Fall 2014 lineup includes:
      Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. - James J. Convertino, Director, Britton Gallagher
      James Convertino is the Director of Britton Gallagher, a Cleveland-based practice that serves entertainers and professional athletes.

      Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 8:00 a.m.  – Dr. Ellyn Robinson, Program Coordinator, Bridgewater State University
      Dr. Ellyn Robinson is a Program Coordinator for Bridgewater State University. She will share her story on overcoming adversity as she battled through both breast cancer and melanoma to continue her athletic career as a champion weightlifter.

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 8:00 a.m. – Tyler Fletcher, Operations, New England Revolution
      Tyler Fletcher is an Operations Assistant for the New England Revolution, a partner of Dean College and part of the Kraft Group. He has supervised many Dean College student interns who have worked with the Revolution.

      Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. – Scott Pirello, CEO, Campus TVs     
      Scott Pirello, CEO of Campus TVs, returns to Dean College to update us on the growth of his company and discuss entrepreneurship.

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 8:00 a.m. – Jacq and Scot Tatelman, Co-founders, State Bags
      Jacq and Scot Tatelman are co-founders of State Bags. They were recently featured on New York television for distribution of their bags to young students in New York City.

      Personal access to top industry leaders is what makes Dean College one of the best private colleges in Massachusetts and New England. At the forefront of this approach is the Dean Leadership Institute. Offering a unique and interactive opportunity for students, alumni and the local community to interact with today’s professional leaders, the Dean Leadership Institute is comprised of two programs – the Executive Lecture Series and Leadership in Action Series.

      Click here for more information on the 2014 Leadership in Action Series!

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      Dean College Athletic Director to be Honored at Gillette Stadium


      Dean College Athletic Director honored as the Dean Difference Maker at the New England Revolution game at Gillette Stadium.

      Dean College Athletic Director and Coach John Jackson was honored as the Dean Difference Maker at Saturday's New England Revolution game at Gillette Stadium!

      Serving as Dean College’s Athletic Director for the past 27 years, John was recognized as the 2013-2014 Under Armour Regional Junior College Athletic Director of the Year. This is the 3rd time that he has won this honor. In addition, John also served as the Dean College women’s softball coach, where he was a three-time winner of the New England Junior College Softball Coach of the Year award. The team's most recent championship was clinched in 2014.

      John has won numerous other awards, including induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame.

      Check out the New England Revolution game against Columbus Crew on Saturday at 7:30pm to see John Jackson receive this honor. Congratulations John!

      See pictures from this event here.

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      Dean College Part of Franklin Harvest Festival, Sunday, October 5, 2014Dean College


      On Sunday, October 5th, the Harvest Festival will take over downtown Franklin!

      Organized by the Franklin Downtown Partnership, this festival includes over 100 crafters and vendors, live entertainment, music, museum tours and more! This event runs from 11am to 4pm, rain or shine, and Dean College will be taking part in the fun. Come check us out at our booth!

      Learn more about the Harvest Festival here.

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