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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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      Save the Date: 2014 President's Cup Golf Tournament



        Save the Date: 2014 Golf Tournament

      18th Annual Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament
      to benefit the Dean College Scholarship Fund
      Monday, September 15, 2014
      Franklin Country Club

      Details of event coming early summer.

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      Dean College Men’s Basketball Team Ranks #1 in NJCAA Polls for First Time in Team History


      Dean College Men’s Basketball Team Ranks #1 in NJCAA Polls for First Time in Team History

      The Dean College basketball teams return to campus this week, and the men will have a bulls-eye on their back, as they are ranked number one in the latest NJCAA Division II poll.  Their 12-0 record has been built with aggressive defense and a balanced offense, which have been the mainstays for Head Coach Rich Fazzi all year long.  

      “Our guys have done a great job so far this year, really buying into our fast paced pressing system,” said Coach Fazzi. The men are ranked second in the country with 14.2 steals per game, cashing in on turnovers to help them win games.

      Freshman point guard Charles Correa (Providence, RI) is the team’s leading scorer at 15.9 points per game, and is  also the team leader in assists and steals.  Freshman Joe Clarke (New Rochelle, NY) chips in with 14.1 points per game, while sophomore leadership comes from Jamal Reuben (Brockton, MA), who is averaging 13.2 points per game along with a team leading 6.2 rebounds per game.

      “We have already accomplished some of our goals by setting the record for the most wins to start a season, and being nationally ranked,” said Fazzi. “Being ranked number one in the country is a first for Dean College and it’s great for the players to be recognized for all their hard work, but our season is only half over. Our goal from day one is to win our Region and District and make it to Nationals.”

      Dean College’s women’s basketball team is currently ranked 17th in the newest NJCAA poll, sporting a 9-1 overall record.  Just like their male counterparts, this team plays hard-nose defense and shares the scoring load.  They are first in the country in steals at 20 per game, and are ranked fourth in field goals made per game.

      “Our ladies have done a great job so far this year and are off to a great start,” says head coach Graham Smith. “They have really bought in to the system and continue to conduct themselves in a positive manner on and off the court.”

      Coach Grahm Smith brings a deep team to the floor, led by guards Victoria Nguyen (Watertown, MA), who is averaging 13.4 points and 6.2 assists per game. 2013 NJCAA All Star Vanessa Sylvain (Brockton, MA) is averaging 15.7 points and 6.8 assists while sophomore small forward Shaina Rowley (Killingworth, CT) is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 19.0.  

      “For our girls to gain recognition for their efforts is a true testament to their hard work and dedication.”
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      Children's Center Closed for Morning Session January 22, 2014


      Due to the winter weather in the Franklin, MA area, the Children's Center at Dean College will not be open for the morning session tomorrow, January 22, 2014.

      All further advisories concerning the winter weather will be posted to

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      Dean College


      Residence Hall Move-In Information for January 20, 2014

      Where do I report to on January 20, 2014?

      returning student check in locations (1:00pm – 4:00pm)
      If you live in Horne Hall or Mitchell House, report to Horne Hall.
      If you live in Adams Hall, report to Adams Hall.
      If you live in Bourret Hall, report to Bourret Hall
      If you live in Houston House, report to Chapman House.
      If you live in Dean Hall, Memorial Hall or Clark House, report to Dean Hall (lower level by Public Safety).
      If you live in Franklin Commons, report to Franklin Commons.
      If you live in Ewen Hall, report to Ewen Hall.
      If you live in Wallace Hall, report to Wallace Hall.
      If you live in Jones Hall, report to Jones Hall.
      If you live in Woodward Hall, report to Woodward Hall.

      Non-cleared returning students check-in from 9:00am - 4:00pm in the Campus Center.

      New students check-in from 9:00-11:00am in the Campus Center. 

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      FAFSA Day Workshop


      Attend Free FAFSA Day Workshop at Dean College on January 26, 2014

      The Office of Admissions at Dean College would like to welcome prospective students & their families to FAFSA Day on January 26, 2014. The day will begin with an information session & brunch with staff and students, followed by a campus tour and a FAFSA presentation and workshop. 

      FAFSA Day is a day in which we commit to providing free assistance to students and families who have interest in receiving federal and state financial aid. The following is the schedule for FAFSA Day at Dean College?

      11:00am Brunch/Information Session and Tour
      1:00-3:00pm FAFSA Day Presentation and Assistance

      Click here to register to attend FAFSA Day for FREE on January 26, 2014 at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.

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