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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 to Hold William “Bill” Evans Dance Intensives, July 6-18, 2015


      This summer William “Bill” Evans, Dean College's Artist in Residence, will be hosting a Dance Teachers' Intensive and an International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education. Both the intensive and conference are sponsored by the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.

      The Bill Evans Dance Teachers’ Intensive 2015, The Art Science of Teaching Dance, will take place Monday, July 6 through Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The intensive includes three modules to choose from. Faculty include Bill Evans, Peggy Hackney, Claire Porter, Don Halquist, Kitty Daniels, Debra Knapp and Suzie Lundgren. On campus housing and meal plan are available.

      On Wednesday evening, July 15 through Saturday, July 18, 2015, Bill Evans, Cynthia Williams and the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will host the International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education.The conference is dedicated to sharing research, pedagogical practices and creative work integrating somatic concepts and dance. It will feature a variety of presentations by practicing teaching artists, dance performances, a master class by Bill Evans and keynote addresses by international leaders in the field Peggy Hackney and Martha Eddy.

      Both the Evans Teachers’ Intensive and the International Conference will take place at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA. Dean College is easily accessed by train from the Boston Logan International Airport. Registration required. For more information, full faculty bios, and to register, visit

      Three professional dance performances will take place as part of these events on Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18. All three shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Main Stage and are open to the public. Tickets are $15 for one concert, $25 for two concerts, and $30 for three concerts. Cash or check will be accepted at the door. The Wednesday concert will feature performances by Bill Evans, Don Halquist and Claire Porter. The Thursday and Saturday concerts will be composed of somatics-based works by distinguished choreographers from around the country whose works were selected for presentation at the International Conference.

      About the Keynotes:

      William “Bill” Evans, MFA, CLMA, CMA, honorary DFA, is a world-renowned artist, publisher, advocate, and dance consultant. In August 2014, he became Artist in Residence and Professor of Dance at the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. He is Visiting Professor of Dance Emeritus in the Department of Dance at the SUNY College at Brockport, where he served from 2004 through 2014, and Distinguished Professor of Dance Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, where he served from 1988 through 2004.

      Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD is a sought-after authority within the field of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy & Dance Somatics, author and lecturer on how to apply dance and body awareness to neuro-motor development and socioemotional learning, as well as to peace education/conflict resolution, social somatics and ecological issues.

      Peggy Hackney holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She is internationally known as a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. Peggy performed as a dancer in New York City for 10 years before joining the Bill Evans Dance Co. and touring the USA extensively. She is the author of Making Connections: Total Body Integration Through Bartenieff Fundamentals, probably the leading book of its kind ever published.

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      New Student Orientation III, July 9-10, 2015


      Accepted and deposited students are invited and encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session to become more acquainted with Dean College and all that we have to offer.

      NSO is a day and a half long program full of fun activities, helpful workshops and informative presentations for students and parents alike. By attending, you will learn more about residence life programs, technology services, student activities held on campus and more! You will also have the opportunity to meet and make new friends before the school year begins.

      Visit to learn more about and to register for the third session of NSO.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed Friday, July 3, 2015


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 for the July 4th holiday.

      Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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      Dean College President Paula M. Rooney Receives Award


      Dean College is pleased to announce that President Paula M. Rooney, Ed.D. has received the 2015 Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network Leadership Award. 

      The prestigious award was presented to Dr. Rooney during the 2015 President’s Dinner and Leadership Award Ceremony at Brandeis University on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

      The American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. The mission of the Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education is to improve higher education in Massachusetts by promoting women’s leadership and participation. 

      Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network offers two awards each year, including the Leadership Award, which recognizes women who exhibit leadership in mentoring, promoting, and encouraging women in the field of higher education in Massachusetts. The awardee exemplifies the principles of the ACE National Network: IDEALS, which stand for Identify, Develop, Encourage, Advance, Link, and Support women to advance their careers.

      “Dr. Rooney’s steadfast support of women’s professional and personal development, coupled with her focused initiatives around the IDEALS that the ACE National Network promotes, exemplifies the qualities of a 

      Leadership Award winner. On behalf of the entire Dean College community, I extend our heartfelt congratulations,” said Mark Boyce, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dean College.

      For more information on the Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network, visit For more information on Dean College, visit

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      Dean College Approved to Offer B.S. Degrees in Management, Security Management, and Sport Management



      Franklin, MA (June 22, 2015) – Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer new stand-alone B.S. degrees, adding to the B.A. programs already offered by the College. Beginning in fall 2016, students at Dean College will be able to complete a Bachelor of Science in Management, Security Management, and Sport Management. 

      These new B.S. programs prepare students for the world of work or graduate school.  “Today’s employers are seeking graduates who have depth of preparation in these specific fields backed by the knowledge and skills that management degrees provide; inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative and information literacy, teamwork and problem solving,” said Dr. Michael Fishbein, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

      Dean College now proudly offers 11 Bachelor Degree programs, including Arts and Entertainment Management, Dance, English, History, Liberal Arts and Studies, Management, Psychology, Security Management, Sociology, Sport Management, or Theatre. Additionally, Dean College offers 21 Associate Degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year.

      For more information on Dean College, visit our website

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