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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 College Athletic Department News


      Dean College is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2016, current athletic director John Jackson will be moving into a newly created role, Director of NCAA Transition and Compliance. Head football coach and associate athletic director, Todd Vasey will assume leadership of the Athletic Department as the Dean College Athletic Director. And, Stephen Tirrell will replace Todd Vasey as the Head Football Coach.

      Earlier this year Dean College notified the NCAA of its intent and desire to explore NCAA Division III membership. The process includes several key strategic decisions that need to be made to ensure the transition is successful and that all requirements are met.

      For the past 35 years, John Jackson has spearheaded the growth and development of the athletic program at Dean College. His years of expertise will prove to be an asset during the College’s NCAA transition.

      “We are certain that John’s longtime commitment to student athletes, loyalty to Dean and network in the athletic profession, will guide us through this rigorous process,” said Dr. Paula Rooney, president of Dean College.

      John will also serve as the College’s Athletic Compliance Officer, an NCAA requirement.

      Coach Todd Vasey entered his 12th season this fall as the winningest head football coach in Dean College history. “Todd has achieved incredible success and instilled a sense of Bulldog Pride among the Dean Community, and most importantly, our student athletics,” said Dr. Rooney.

      Vasey’s tenure as coach, paired with years of experience as an athletic administrator, will make for a seamless transition to the new role.

      “I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the athletic department at Dean College,” said Vasey. “My goal is to build upon the many great things that John Jackson has put in place and make Dean College Athletics one of the finest Division III athletic programs in New England.”

      Moving to the Head Football Coach slot is Franklin resident, Stephen Tirrell. Prior to his new role in the department, Tirrell was the defensive line coach for the football team.

      “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead the Dean College Football team during this new era,” said Tirrell. “My goal is to continue the success that has already been put in place by Coach Vasey.”

      For more information on Dean College athletics, visit

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      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College Announces Winter Intercession Courses


      The School of Continuing Studies at Dean College will offer Winter Intercession courses beginning Monday, December 28, 2015. Courses are open to all ages and experience levels and will be taught in such areas as Business, English, History, Sociology and Psychology.

      The Dean Leadership Institute and the School of Continuing Studies have partnered with industry leaders to offer two cutting edge one week course options, including Negotiating Skills for a Complex World and Building Value through Sales and Branding.

      Presented by the Accenture Negotiation Center of Excellence, Negotiating Skills for a Complex World aims at improving negotiating and decision-making skills. Students learn the importance of preparation and dealing efficiently with tensions, differences, and conflicts. The second one week course offering, Building Value through Sales and Branding, is presented by EMC2 Corporation and focuses on the sales process and the sales person. A highly interactive experience, the course will go through the sales process and the steps involved and will culminate in a sales pitch delivered on the final day.

      Both 2-week and 4-week course credit options are also available. To register for courses and for more information, contact the School of Continuing Studies at 508-541-1624 or visit


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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed December 23-25, 2015


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 23rd through Friday, December 25th. Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, December 28, 2015.

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, December 23rd through Friday, December 25th.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, December 28, 2015.

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      Dean College Residence Halls to Close for Winter Break on Thursday, December 17, 2015


      Students are required to check out of their room two hours after their last final and prior to leaving, must do the following:

      - Ensure all trash is taken out of the room

      - Unplug all electronics

      - Unplug and defrost any mini-fridge units

      - Lock all windows

      - Turn off the light and lock the door

      - Return key to the residence director, community advisor, or designated key drop area

      Other important reminders:

      - Students should sign up with their resident director or community advisor to check out of their room, and return their room key. Failure to return a room key may result in a fine.

      - Students are encouraged to take home any valuables or items they will need over the break. Re-entry into rooms due to forgotten items will not be allowed.

      - Students who are not returning for the spring semester should completely remove all belongings from their room in order to avoid any charges.

      Residents who live further than 500 miles away and need to stay late due to travel arrangements must go to Chapman House by Wednesday, December 9, 2015 to finalize arrangements. Charges will apply.

      For questions, please either contact the Office of Residence Life at or 508-541-1838 or if you are a student, stop by the Chapman House and/or speak with your residence director.

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      Dean College Presents Faculty Works-in-Progress, December 4-5, 2015


      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

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