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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

      05/09/2017

      This summer, enjoy an amazing experience at Dean College while earning college credit! Choose from our selection of science, theatre and sports-based two-week pre-college programs with amazing, one-of-a-kind opportunities. Overnight and day-only options available.

      Registration for any of the programs are now open here.

      To learn more about our Pre-College Summer Programs visit our page here.

      Information sessions about all our programs are open to the public at two different times. On Wednesday, June 7th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM we will be offering our webinar for those who cannot make it to campus. And on Tuesday, June 6th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM our on-campus session will be held in our Campus Center. If you are interested in any of our programs, this is a great opportunity to learn more about living, dining, activities and the program from our instructors and staff. 

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      Dean College Holds 151st Commencement, May 6, 2017

      05/06/2017

      Dean College held its 151st Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

      Dean College held its 151st Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. Over 350 students received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance. Continuing with tradition, the 2017 Commencement ceremony was held outside along Awpie Way.

      The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who encouraged students to never waiver from their dreams. “I hope you will take the insights, experiences, relationships and tools gained here – your can-do attitude and strong work ethic – in effect, your personal definition of The Dean Difference – to reach your dreams and, as Bulldogs, never settle and never lose sight of those dreams.” She reminded students that, “The Dean Difference doesn’t end as you exit with your diploma and begin your next chapter. I ask that you nurture that Difference.”

      Watch Dr. Rooney's speech here. 

      Additional remarks were provided by Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Karen Laven from Medway, MA and Valerie Davis from Brewster, NY.

      Watch Mark D. Boyce's speech here.

      Karen Laven was the first student speaker of the day. A Business Management major from Medway, Karen reflected on her journey at Dean. “In the fall of 2014, I made the decision to go back to school,” said Laven. “I wanted to teach my daughters perseverance; I wanted to keep going for my husband who took on the role of both dad and mom so that I could fulfill my dream; I wanted to keep going for my mother who sacrificed so much to come to the United States to give her family a better life,” she added. “And so, I stand before you today as proof that no matter where you are in your life, it is never too late to follow your dreams.” 

      Watch Karen Laven's speech here.

      Valerie Davis, a Theatre and Business Management double major from Brewster, NY began her speech with an interesting fact. “Do you know that, Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart? I’m telling you this because the world is filled with random, funny and interesting facts that we don’t know. Everyday we are constantly learning something new that will influence us and shape us to who we are – and that is what Dean has done for me.” She ended by urging students to “always hold onto your dreams like the otters hold on to each other, and never let them go.”

      Watch Valerie Davis's speech here.

      About Dean College: 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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      Watch Live: Dean College Commencement, May 6, 2017

      05/04/2017

      Watch Dean College's 151st Commencement via live stream.

      Dean College's 151st Commencement exercises will be available to view via live video stream!

      Commencement will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 on campus.

      Click here to access the live stream (available 15 minutes prior to start time).

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      Dean College

      05/01/2017

      Dean College will be celebrating its 151st commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

      Commencement speakers include Dr. Paula M. Rooney, Dean College President; Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees; and student speakers Karen Laven and Valerie Davis.

      For more information, visit www.dean.edu/commencement

      A live stream will be available for commencement the day of, You can access the stream here.

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