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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 www.dean.edu. To register for a Master Class, visit www.dean.edu/worldofdance or contact Tracy Lane at (508) 541-1606 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dean College acapella group, Vocal Convictions, performed at the Ellie Fund’s 18th Annual Red Carpet Gala, a celebration of film, food and fashion this past Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Taj Boston. Vocal Convictions is a student-run, audition-based acapella singing club at Dean College.
The Red Carpet Gala was presented by Subaru of New England and featured an exclusive viewing of the 86th Academy Awards® Telecast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The event included red carpet fashion commentary, gourmet chef stations, live and silent auctions, as well as pre-event promotions and performances.
The Ellie Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fights breast cancer by easing its effects on patients and families. The Ellie Fund does this by providing critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and family members across Massachusetts each year.
For more information on the Ellie Fund, visit www.elliefund.org. For more information on Dean College and how to get involved in student clubs and organizations, visit the college website www.dean.edu.
The Dean College Basketball teams made college history this past weekend by capturing Region XXI Championships in the same year. The men, led by Keyon Armstrong's 24 points, defeated the Community College of Rhode Island, 82-67. It was the third win of the season against the Knights, and places the Bulldogs in the District 2 Championship game this Saturday. Dean, at 20-3, will take on Monroe Community College (23-6), winner of the Region III championship, at 12:00 noon at Pieri Gymnasium on Dean's Franklin campus. Dean is ranked 11th in the latest NJCAA national poll while Monroe is 14th. The winner will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Illinois on March 18-23, 2014.
The women earned their first Region championship Saturday by defeating Orange County Community College, 81-76. This is head coach Grahm Smith's first year as the Dean College women's coach and his pressing and fast break style was instrumental in the team's success, as Dean led the country in steals this year, averaging 17 thefts a game. The 17-5 Lady Bulldogs will also host their District Tournament on Saturday, taking on Essex County College (19-11) at 2:00 p.m at Pieri Gymnasium. At 4:00, Monroe College (20-10) will meet Manor College (16-9), with the two semifinal winners competing for the championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Johnson County Community College, March 18-22, 2014.
For more information on the Dean College Basketball Teams, visit our website www.dean.edu.
Much Ado About Nothing is considered one of Shakespeare's brightest comedies, combining elements of robust hilarity with meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Similar to As You Like It and Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, though interspersed with darker concerns, is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths.
The Dean College production of Much Ado About Nothing opens Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and will play through Sunday, March 2, 2014. The production will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5/$10/$20 and can be purchased online by clicking here.
The Dean College men's basketball team will be hosting the New England Regional (Region XXI) Championship Game this Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the college's Pieri Gymnasium. Dean, with a record of 17-3 and currently ranked 12th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association national poll, will play the Community College of Rhode Island with a game time set at 1:00 p.m. The two teams have met twice this season, with the Dean Bulldogs coming out on top in both contests, with a 94-81 victory, and just last week, a 108-69 victory. The winner this weekend will advance to the district championship game on March 8, 2014 at the site of the upstate New York region champion.
Dean's success has come with a fast-paced running and pressing game, as they lead the nation in steals at the Division II level with fifteen a game. Offensively, they have a balanced attack led by Joe Clarke (13.8 ppg), Charles Correa (13.7) and Jamal Reuben (13.6). They are currently riding a three-game winning streak with two regular season games remaining, Monday at UConn-Avery point and at home on Wednesday versus Bunker Hill Community College.
Additionally, the women's basketball team will be competing this weekend at the New England Regional (Region XXI) Championships held at Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York. The women enter the regional tournament as the top-seeded team with a 15-4 record, and will face the fourth-seeded Orange County Community College squad on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Click here for more information on the Dean College Men’s and Women's Basketball Team.
Dean College will host former NASA Astronaut and retired USN Commander, Susan Kilrain on campus March 5, 2014, as part of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences World of Ideas series.
During her visit, Commander Susan Kilrain is scheduled to tour the campus and speak to students, faculty and staff about her experience as a two-time space shuttle pilot.
“We are excited to host Commander Kilrain as part of our new World of Ideas series,” said Dr. Dawn Poirier, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Students will have the opportunity to hear Commander Kilrain share her insights about the NASA program and the role that female astronauts have played in the history of the aerospace program in the United States.
Commander Susan Kilrain flew as pilot on STS-83 (April 4-8, 1997) and STS-94 (July 1-17, 1997), and is one of only three women to ever pilot the shuttle. She holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and is the recipient of many military awards, including: Defense Superior Service Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; and Navy Achievement Medal. Other awards include: NASA Space Flight Medals; Ten Outstanding Young Americans; and DAR Good Scout Award.
The World of Ideas is a year-long program initiative designed to offer students a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of the liberal art and sciences. Programming includes lectures and presentations by faculty as well as invited speakers and student run programs. The goal is to offer opportunities for students to engage with limitless possibilities that are open to them through learning.
For more information on the program, contact Cathy Flynn at (508) 541-1744. For more information on the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dean College, visit www.dean.edu.
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