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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 Leadership Institute Presents Jerry Sargent, April 14, 2015


      The Dean Leadership Institute is proud to present its Executive Lecture Series speaker for the spring semester, Jerry Sargent, President of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts.

      This event will be held in the Guidrey Center at 7pm. It is free and open to the public.

      Click here to register to attend!

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      Dean College Holds Performing Arts Auditions, April 11, 2015


      Dean College Performing Arts Auditions will take place this Saturday, April 11, 2015.

      Students who are applying to either dance or theatre degree programs are required to complete an on-campus audition as part of their Dean College application. Prospective students must complete their application before participating in their audition.

      Click here to learn more about auditions.

      Click here to register for auditions.

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      Dean College Presents In the Heights, April 8-12, 2015


      The Dean College School of the Arts will perform In the Heights beginning Wednesday, April 8, 2015 through Sunday, April 12, 2015.

      In the Heights is an authentic and exhilarating journey into one of Manhattan’s most exciting communities. With its universal themes of family, community and self-discovery, In the Heights can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

      Winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestration, In the Heights quickly became an audience phenomenon and a critical success.

      The Dean College production of In the Heights will take place in the Campus Main Stage at Dean College Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5/$10/$20 and can be purchased online. Visit to buy your tickets.

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      Dean College Artist in Residence Bill Evans to Perform 75th Birthday Concert April 12 ,2015



      Bill Evans, Artist in Residence for the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College, will be celebrating his 75th birthday with the Bill Evans 75th Birthday Dance Concert and Celebration in Providence, RI on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

      In August, 2014, Dean College welcomed Bill as Artist in Residence for the Palladino School of Dance. William (Bill) Evans, MFA, CMA, has uniquely woven his work as a professional choreographer/performer with a career in dance education. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship; an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle; Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization, Dance Teacher Magazine and the American Dance Guild; the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Achievement and Excellence in the Arts; and numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

      The Bill Evans Dance Company gave its first performances at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1975. For several years, the company—then based in Seattle--was the most-booked professional U.S. dance ensemble. It has appeared in all 50 U.S. states, throughout Canada and Mexico and in 20 other countries. In April, 2014, the Company celebrated its 40th anniversary in Rochester, NY, where it had been in residence for 10 years.

      To celebrate his 75th birthday (April 11) and to introduce himself to the Rhode Island dance audience, Bill, his husband, friends, and dance majors from the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College, will share an afternoon of Evans’ works in the intimate setting of the AS220 Black Box Theatre.

      The Sunday performance will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting All proceeds from the concert will benefit AS220, a non-profit community arts center located in Downtown, Providence.

      For more information on Bill Evans and the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College, visit our website

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      Dean College Launches 150 Video Series to Celebrate 150 Years


      As part of the celebration of 150 years of education, Dean College is proud to offer a series of videos ranging from the history of Dean College to individual profiles of faculty and staff on campus.

      As the year progresses, more videos will be added to the bunch.

      Click here to visit our YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe to keep up-to-date on fresh content!

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