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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 Announces Streaming Partnership with Stretch Internet


      Dean College Announces Streaming Partnership with Stretch Internet

      Dean College is excited to announce a new partnership with Stretch Internet to provide free-to-access internet audio and video streaming for events on campus, including athletic events, fine arts performances, convocations, commencement ceremonies, and other school sponsored special events. 

      Through this partnership, Dean College will bring their student talent to a worldwide audience. Parents, students, and interested parties will have the capacity to live stream all events online or on their compatible mobile devices.

      For anyone unable to watch an event live, a media portal will be available to host all of Dean College’s events for later viewing. In addition, live audio events will be available for download in podcast form through the media portal and iTunes.

      The first streamed event of the season will take place on Saturday, February 4th when the men’s basketball team hosts NHTI at 3:00 p.m.

      Viewers can access the video broadcast through the Dean College website at

      For more information about Dean College, visit For more information about Stretch Internet, visit


      Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

      Stretch Internet, based in Gilbert, AZ, was founded in 2003 by a former college athletics media relations professional who saw a need to provide affordable, high-quality streaming to college and university athletic departments. Stretch Internet now works with nearly 600 colleges and universities, high schools and professional sports organizations. A devotion to utilizing the best streaming technology possible and providing a first-class user experience – backed by the best customer support in the business – have helped Stretch Internet become one of the largest streaming media specialists in the sports industry.

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      Dean College School of Dance Presents: Choreographers Concert, February 10-11, 2017


      Dean College School of Dance Presents: Choreographers Concert, February 10-11, 2017

      The Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will perform a Choreographers’ Concert on Friday, February 10, 2017 and Saturday, February 11, 2017.

      Renowned guest artists from the Manhattan Dance Project will view selected student works and give insightful feedback to our student choreographers in our version of “So You Think You Can Choreograph.”

      Friday night’s performance will be presented as a straight concert without interruptions, whereas Saturday’s concert will feature live commentary from our guest artists and will be preceded by a preconcert lecture at 7 p.m.

      The Choreographers’ Concert will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 8:00 p.m. both nights.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, February 4, 2017


      Registration now open for Saturday with Dean on February 4, 2017

      Join Dean College on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a tour of campus, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the remainder of your day.

      Representatives of the Office of Admissions will be on hand to answer all your questions. We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

      Register for Saturday with Dean on February 4, 2017

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      Dean College Announces Appointment of Dean of the School of Business


      Dean College Appoints Dr. P. Gerard Shaw as Dean of the School of Business

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      Dean College is pleased to announce that Dr. P. Gerard Shaw has accepted appointment as the Dean of the School of Business.

      Having taught and provided leadership in multiple capacities at Dean first as an adjunct and since 2005 as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Shaw brings to this role the skills and commitment to take the School of Business to the next level. “His love of Dean is so obvious it almost goes without saying,” says Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Fishbein. 

      In addition to his new role, he also serves as the Director of the Dean Leadership Institute, which offers students, alumni and the local community the opportunity to interact with today’s business leaders. “Gerry’s labor of love is the Dean Leadership Institute, through which he has brought 75 senior business leaders to campus to share their insights with our Community.”

      In addition to his roles at Dean, Dr. Shaw's career has included serving as a Vice President of Student Affairs, working as a consultant in the Higher Education Consulting practice at Coopers & Lybrand and co-founding his own consulting practice.

      Believing that service to the community is vital, Dr. Shaw has served on the Board of Directors for the Hockomock Area YMCA for more than 15 years. He has served on the Development Committee at the Providence Country Day School, and taught CCD at his local parish.

      Prior to earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Boston College, he earned an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Washington Theological Union; an M.S. in Human Resources from Biscayne College; and a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University.

      For more information about Dean College and the School of Business, visit

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      Dean College Presents: Senior Showcase, January 27-28, 2017


      Dean College Presents: Senior Showcase, January 27-28, 2017

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Senior Showcase on Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28, 2017.

      Creating a performance from the ground up, our talented senior dance students share their choreography, performance and production expertise in this collaborative show.

      The Senior Showcase production will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online by visiting

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