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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 Adopts Test Optional Admissions Policy



      Franklin, MA (June 19, 2015) – Dean College has joined the growing list of colleges to become SAT/ACT Test Optional. After years of requiring these tests for admission to the college and after careful consideration, Dean has decided to embrace the emerging policy beginning with students enrolling in the fall of 2016.

      “The test-optional policy will better align the College with its commitment to a student-centered education. We do not want to put any barrier to enrollment at Dean. We value applications from students of all backgrounds and all academic experiences,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing at Dean.

      The Office of Admissions will evaluate each prospective student based on the high school (and college if any) transcripts, personal essay, extracurricular and leadership activities and letters of recommendation. While students who take either or both tests are encouraged to send them to the college to supplement their application, the tests will not be required. Students without test scores will receive the same consideration for merit scholarships based on their submitted application materials.

      As a result of this new policy, admissions officials hope motivated students who did not take the test or have more modest test scores will be encouraged to apply.

      “We approach our decisions in a very holistic manner, considering the entire experience the student has had over their four years of high school.  We are looking for student’s potential for success based on their experiences both in and out of the classroom,” said Iris Godes, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission.

      To learn more about Dean College’s new test-optional policy, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 1-877-TRY-DEAN or email

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      New Student Orientation I and II, June 22-23 & June 25-26, 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 technology services, residence life programs, 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 NSO and to register for one of the upcoming sessions.

      We look forward to seeing you on campus for one of the three sessions: NSO I (June 22-23), NSO II (June 25-26) or NSO III (July 9-10). Visit for additional information about NSO.

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      Second Look Day, Friday, June 19, 2015


      Dean College will hold its Second Look Day on Friday, June 19, 2015.

      At this day of an information session, campus tours and complimentary lunch, those who have already made their deposit can sit down one-on-one with a financial aid counselor. Those who have yet to apply can participate in On-The-Spot Admission, wherein they can apply and be accepted on the spot.

      This day will run from 11am to around 2pm. Click here to learn more about Second Look Day and to register to attend.

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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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