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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 Summer Facilities Update


       Over the summer, most students may be gone, but crews are working diligently to make updates to the Dean College campus.

      The main project is the Grant Field project – the replacement of the grass field with artificial turf. This will allow students to play sports outdoors during more of the year. Additionally, crews are replacing both the dance floor in the lower Performing Arts Studio and the flooring in the Guidrey Center. Both the athletics and dance programs will greatly benefit from these projects.

      Other maintenance projects will take place around campus during the summer months as well, which will lead to a more comfortable and green environment for students, faculty and staff alike.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed Friday, June 12, 2015


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Friday, June 12, 2015.

      Normal operations will resume on Monday, June 15, 2015.

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      Dean College Golfer Receives Medal at Region XXI Golf Tournament


      Freshman Austin McCreary, of Northampton, MA, finished as the top golfer at the Region XXI Men’s Golf Tournament this past Tuesday and Wednesday.

      McCreary shot a 74 on Tuesday, and followed that up with a 76 on Wednesday to capture the region’s top honors. His score helped Dean College finish second in the tournament, which included six colleges from throughout New England. Freshman Ryan Tinney, from Manchester, CT, finished as Dean’s second leading scorer with a two day total of 168 (84-84).

      McCreary score qualified him for the National Junior College Athletic Association’s DIII national tournament, being held June 2-6 at Chautauqua Golf Course in western New York. The top fifteen players from the tournament become NJCAA All-Americans.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed for Memorial Day, May 22 & 25, 2015


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25, 2015 for Memorial Day.

      Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

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      Dean College Children’s Center Open House, Tuesday, May 19, 2015


      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on May 19, 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. 

      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 for children to learn through exploration. 

      The school uses a developmental approach to education which reflects current research in child development and peer conflict resolution. Director Faith Nickolas states “We are a regional resource to parents and educators on peer conflict resolution in young children and our lab school is a demonstration site for best practices in early education of children.” 

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



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