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      School of Dance Welcomes Four Renowned Dancers to “Choreographers’ Concert” Production

      01/27/2014

      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 tlane@dean.edu.

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      Dean College to Hold 150th Commencement Exercises, May 14, 2016

      05/09/2016

      Dean College 150th Commencement Exercises, May 14, 2016

      Dean College held its 150th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. Over 300 students received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance. Continuing with tradition, the 2016 Commencement ceremony was held outside along Awpie Way, considered by many as the most beautiful and iconic part of campus.
       

      The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who encouraged students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and keep an open mind. “Undoubtedly, you will make a few missteps, but they are openings to gain a fresh perspective and to continue absorbing knowledge and insights. And from that springs wisdom.” She also encouraged students to never waiver from their dreams. “Be confident. Respect the past but never live in it,” she added. “We champion entrepreneurial spirit at Dean. Hang on to that spirit because you possess the proven skills that can’t be taken from you.”

       

      Additional remarks were provided by Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with three graduating students, Candice ‘Coco’ Lam from Hong Kong, Jaclyn Coutoumas from Cambridge, MA and Allison Clarke from Franklin, MA.

       

      Candice ‘Coco’ Lam spoke on behalf of the Associate Degree graduates. An English major from Hong Kong, Coco explained to students that her time at Dean and The Dean Difference was her recipe for success. “You start with a bowl of curiosity, an open mind ready to learn,” she said. “You add a pinch of confidence, a dash of integrity, and a dollop of passion, learned from our professors and our friends. Fold in some optimism. Garnish with gratitude and humility, being thankful for everything in life that has gotten us this far. Life is filled with its bitters, sweets, and sours, so choose your recipes with confidence and pride.” She finished by thanking her friends and ‘family’ at Dean. “I am immensely thankful to call Dean my home away from home, and I will never forget how I was welcomed with open arms.”

       

      Jaclyn Coutoumas, a Dance major from Cambridge, MA reflected back on her time at Dean. “We spent the last 2-4 years working hard, creating relationships, polishing our skills and passions and becoming the adults we are today,” said Coutoumas. “That is something to be celebrated – we are something to be celebrated.”

       

      Allison Clarke, who spoke on behalf of the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) students, spoke about her journey returning back to school after years in the workforce. “I registered for Public Speaking and on my first day of class I felt anxious. I saw so many young faces in the room. I was worried I would be cast out, but boy was I wrong. Not only were they absolutely wonderful and funny people, the class itself was a pure joy and prepared me to stand before you today, delivering this commencement speech.” She added, “The advice I have is to do what you love to do. If you do what makes you happy, it will never feel like work.”

       

      Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin, MA. Dean College offers baccalaureate degrees, associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year. For more information on Dean College, visit our website www.dean.edu.

       
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      Dean College to Host Graduating Students Award Ceremony, May 13, 2016

      05/03/2016

      Dean College to Host Graduating Students Award Ceremony, May 13, 2016

      The Graduating Student Award Ceremony will start at 5:30pm on Friday, May 13th in the Guidrey Center. Immediately following, there will be a reception in the Atrium for all award winner and their guests. Reception concludes by 7:30pm.

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      Dean College

      04/26/2016

      The residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 12 th for NON GRADUATING STUDENTS. Students must check out of their residence hall room three hours after their last final. The residence halls will close at 3pm on Saturday, May 14 th for GRADUATING STUDENTS. Prior to leaving students must

      The residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 12th for NON GRADUATING STUDENTS.

      Students must check out of their residence hall room three hours after their last final.

      The residence halls will close at 3pm on Saturday, May 14th for GRADUATING STUDENTS.

      Prior to leaving students must do the following:

                      -Ensure all trash is taken out of the room

                      -All belongings are removed from the room

                      -Lock all windows

                      -Turn off the light, and lock the door

                      -Turn in their key to the residence director, community advisor or designated key drop area.

      Students should sign up with their Resident Director or Community Advisor to check out of their room, and return their room key.

      Mail keys should be returned directly to the mail room.

      Residents who live further than 500 miles away, and need to stay late due to travel arrangements must go to Chapman House by to finalize arrangements. Charges will apply.

      The College does not store belongings. Should students need storage AppleBox Storage is a local company that the College has worked with. You may contact them at AppleBox8.com. The company delivers boxes to the student, the student packs, and the company picks them up! The company will then deliver the items back to you in the fall.

      Any questions please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@dean.edu or 508-541-1838.

      Students are also encourage to stop by Chapman House or speak with their RD if they have any questions.

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      Dean College Presents Dance Company: Time, April 28-30, 2016

      04/25/2016

      Dean College Presents Dance Company: Time, April 28-30, 2016

      Award winning faculty and guest choreographers showcase the impressive talent of our dance majors in hip hop, African, jazz, tap, modern, pointe and ballet pieces. This year we reflect on the concept of time.

      Performances of Dance Company: Time begin Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th and again on Thursday, May 5th through Saturday, May 7th.

      For more information and tickets, visit Dean College Dance Company: Time.


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      Dean College Men's Lacrosse Qualifies For NJCAA Regional Tournament

      04/25/2016

      Dean College Men's Lacrosse Qualifies For NJCAA Regional Tournament

      The men's lacrosse team will be traveling to Finger Lakes Community College on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the first round of the NJCAA Region III tournament.

      Visit our Dean College Athletics website for news and scores.

       


       

       

       

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