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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 and the Kraft Sports Group Announce Partnership


      kraft partnership mascotsFRANKLIN, Mass. (April 22, 2015) – The Kraft Sports Group, the holding company for the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, announced today they have finalized an exclusive academic partnership with Dean College to create The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management; establishing numerous opportunities for students to gain insight from Patriots and Revolution executives. 

      “Our organization is proud to expand our relationship with Dean College,” said Murray Kohl, vice president of corporate sales for the New England Patriots. “We look forward to offering Dean students new opportunities to gain real-world exposure in the sports, business and entertainment industries through this new venture.”

      The agreement is an enhancement to an existing relationship between the two organizations that has been in place since 2009.  This relationship will strengthen the synergy of the two parties through the direct involvement of Patriots and Revolution executives, who will participate with members of the Dean Faculty in classroom activities for programs Dean College offers. Programs include: Arts and Entertainment Management, Business, Media Studies and Communications, Security Management, Sport Management and Sports and Fitness Studies.

      The partnership also includes the introduction of a scholarship program, stadium and event management programs and the development of a formalized internship program where Dean College students will have the opportunity to work in various areas within the organization.  

      “We are honored to be so closely tied with organizations as successful and recognizable as the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution,” said Dean College President Dr. Paula M. Rooney. “From venue management and coaching to marketing and business, the opportunity for our students to learn from the leaders of such respected enterprises is exciting for our students.”

      Teaching in collaboration with the Dean Faculty and internships are also a part of the arrangement.  Members of the Kraft Sports Group’s staff will provide insight and analysis on their area of expertise both on the Dean College campus in Franklin, Mass. and at the team’s Gillette Stadium headquarters in Foxborough, Mass. Personnel from multiple areas within the organization will lecture and oversee the students during their internships, providing a collaboration of academics with modern business.

      “To succeed today, college students need as many contacts and real-world exposure as possible,” said Dr. Michael Fishbein, vice president of academic affairs. “By working directly with the Patriots and the Revolution, and having their leadership team so closely intertwined with ours, we feel this sets our academic programs apart and drives the experiential learning that is so critical.  Our students will be more prepared, have more relevant experiences and a more valuable degree as a result of this partnership.”

      In addition, Dean College student-athletes will have the opportunity to utilize training facilities and access various strength, conditioning and nutrition programs through the Patriots and Revolution organizations.  This invaluable benefit provides Dean coaches’ and players access to state-of-the-art equipment and direct contact with training staffs consistently recognized among their respective league leaders.

      “The Kraft Sports Group is a true business leader and we are proud that they have chosen Dean College to be their exclusive academic partner. It says a lot about our institution and where we are going,” said Dr. Rooney.


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      Dean College Presents Dance Company: Backstage April 23-26, 30 & May 1, 2015


      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Dance Company: Backstage beginning Thursday, April 23, 2015 through Sunday, April 26, 2015. Additional performances will take place on Thursday April 30, 2015 through Friday May 1, 2015.

      Award-winning faculty and guest choreographers set work on our best dance majors, showcasing their talent in hip-hop, jazz, modern, tap and ballet pieces. This culminating concert of the year impresses with the high level of dancing and vivid chorography. This year we applaud those behind the scenes, the people that make it happen.   

      The Dance Company: Backstage production will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College at 7:30 p.m. April 23-26, 30 & May 1, 2015. A 2:00 p.m. matinee performance will take place on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Tickets are $5/$10/$20 and can be purchased online. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed Monday, April 20, 2015



      Dean College administrative offices will be closed to honor Patriots Day on Monday, April 20, 2015.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
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      Dean College Hosts Saturday with Dean April 18, 2015



      On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Dean College will host its admissions event, Saturday with Dean.

      Join us for a tour of campus and an information session that will help you better understand The Dean Difference. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a campus tour. Representatives from the Office of Admissions and other departments on campus will be present to answer any questions you might have.

      Click here to learn more and register for this event.

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      Dean College to Hold Honor Societies’ Induction Ceremony, April 15, 2015


      On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Dean College is holding its annual Honor Societies’ New Member Recognition Ceremony.

      Students inducted into the Alpha Lambda Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa or Golden Key are invited to attend this invite-only ceremony in the Campus Center Atrium at 7pm.

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