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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 email@example.com.
The Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will be holding a Faculty Works concert December 4 5, 2015.
The Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will be
holding a Faculty Works concert December 4-5, 2015. The concert will feature
dance faculty performing and sharing their work in a range of genres, as well
as famous repertory by Lester Horton, and contemporary interdisciplinary work
that will showcase both the art of dance and the dance of our artists.
Faculty members participating in the concert include,
William Evans, Kristina Berger, Julianne O’Brien Pedersen, Rose Pasquerello
Beauchamp, Amanda Donahue, Betsy Miller, Erin Mayfield, Todd Shanks, Julie
White, and Stephen Tracy Ursprung.
William Evans, artist in residence at Dean with decades of
rich and extensive experience in the world of modern dance, will perform two
solos as well as choreograph a work for four faculty members.
Evans first solo piece Three Preludes was created in honor
of his mother, Lila Snape Evans. “It evokes her loving spirit in three
different moods,” said Evans. “I combine my personal modern dance style and
language with the language of rhythm tap dance.” His second solo Interview is a
performance art work that examines the process of attending a job interview in
hilarious and poignant ways. The work is choreographed by Claire Porter, a
renowned choreographer, writer and performance artist who creates work annually
for the Bill Evans Dance Teachers Institute.
The Dreaming Gate, Evans choreographed piece for faculty
members, is a new work commissioned by the School of Dance for this occasion.
Faculty performing the work include, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Amanda
Donahue, Betsy Miller, and Julianne O'Brien Pedersen. “I created several motif
phrases in our first rehearsal and then asked each dancer to create a personal
phrase in which she/he manipulated one of mine and added her/his unique voice,”
said Evans. “I am now weaving those phrases into a movement tapestry that
evokes a sense of mystery and ritual. Each artist is beautifully expressive and
it has been a joyful experience to interact with them in this way.”
Faculty member Kristina Berger, an international performer,
master teacher of the Horton Technique, and choreographer, will perform Sarong
Paramaribo by Donald Martin, Artistic Director of Lester Horton Dance Theatre,
Inc. Sarong Paramaribo is a distinguished and illustrious solo piece
choreographed by modern dance pioneer Lester Horton. Reconstructed by Don
Martin for Kristina Berger, this rare solo will allow the audience to
experience another time and place in dance history.
“Sarong Paramaribo is a beautiful jewel in dance history,”
said Berger. “The piece is from another time but is in its way timeless, a
sparklingly delightful tribute to two different parts of the world.”
Faculty Works will perform both Friday and Saturday,
December 4-5, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Main Stage within the Dean College
campus center, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA. Tickets range from $5-$22 and can
be purchased online by visiting www.dean.edu/boxoffice.
Come join the Dean College and Franklin Community on December 3, 2015 at 4:00
p.m. for a well-loved tradition as we kick-off the Franklin Downtown
Partnership Holiday Stroll with the lighting of the tree on Awpie Way. There will be food and music for everyone to
Dean College administrative offices will be closed Wednesday
through Friday, November 25-27, 2015.
Residence Halls will close Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30
p.m. and will reopen on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Administrative offices will resume normal business hours
beginning Monday, November 30, 2015.
One of the best ways to learn more about The Dean Difference
is to visit campus on Discover Dean Day!
On Friday, November 20, 2015, Dean College will host
Discover Dean Day for prospective students and their families. Future Bulldogs can tour the campus, chat
with Dean faculty and staff and listen to informative presentations from the
The following is the schedule for Discover Dean Day:
9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00 Welcome and Overview
10:30 Academic Fair
11:00-1:00 Discover the Dean Difference: Explore our campus
through a variety of activities that will allow you to visit one-on-one with
faculty and staff and get all your questions answered. You will find a voucher
in your packet to visit the Smith Dining Center when you are in the mood for
To reserve your space, simply register online by clicking
here or contact the Office of Admissions at 508-541-1508 or toll free at
We can't wait to welcome you to campus!
The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Bye Bye Birdie beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2015 through Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most engaging musicals of our time. This affectionate look at the innocent time of the early 1960s tells the story of Conrad Birdie, an Elvis–like rock-’n’-roll singer, and his hapless agent Albert Peterson. The rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his “farewell” television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. The songs include Put on a Happy Face, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, One Boy, An English Teacher, Rosie and Spanish Rose. This musical offers audiences a tuneful musical theatre experience! You won’t want to miss our talented students perform this lighthearted musical.
The Dean College production of Bye Bye Birdie will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $5-$22 and can be purchased online. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.
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