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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 to Host Saturday with Dean, February 6, 2016


      Join Dean College for an information session, followed by a tour of campus designed to help you better understand the Dean Difference. 

      Join Dean College for an information session, followed by a tour of campus designed to help you better understand the Dean Difference. Sessions begin at 10:00 AM and will allow plenty of time for you to enjoy the remainder of your day. Representatives of the Office of Admissions will also be on hand to answer any questions you have.

      Click here to register. 

      We can’t wait to welcome you to campus!

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      The Palladino School of Dance Presents Choreographers’ Concert, February 5-6, 2016


      The Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will perform a Choreographers’ Concert on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6, 2016.

      Join us for an evening of dance highlighting the choreography of selected upper class dance majors. Enjoy just the performance opening night or come and enjoy an evening of dance and witness renowned guest artists as they view and discuss selected student work on closing night.

      The Choreographers’ Concert will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at 8:00 p.m. both nights. Tickets range from $5-$22 and can be purchased online by visiting

      Additionally, the Palladino School of Dance has partnered with the Manhattan Dance Project to present master classes with top NYC teachers in dance, hip hop, tap, and ballet.

      Master classes will be taught by top industry professionals, including James Boyd, Bill Hotaling, Todd Shanks, Michael Vernon, and more! Visit for full biographies.

      Master Classes will be offered to dance students both Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days. Classes will be held within the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin. For more information and to register, visit and click on Boston, MA.

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      Dean College to Host FAFSA Day, January 31, 2016


      Join us for FAFSA Day on Sunday, January 31, 2016, sponsored by FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a non-profit, volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA. Students, families and adult learners are invited to receive help with applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 academic year. Learn more and register by visiting

      While on campus, why not check out Dean College? Join us for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference.

      Tentative schedule of events:

      10:30 Check-in (Campus Center)

      11:00 Brunch

      11:30 Info Session (Campanella Board Room)

      12:00 Tour

      1:00 FAFSA DAY (Technology Center)

      We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

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      Latest News on Spring 2016 Move-In

      Dean College looks forward to the start of our spring semester. Resident students should report to campus on Sunday, January 24th.  Commuter students who have been financially cleared may go directly to their first registered class on Monday, January 25th. For more information regarding move-in, click here.

      Please note that all activities for this weekend are on as scheduled.  If anything should change based on the impending weather, Dean College will post an update on

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      Dean College Approved to Offer B.A. Degree in Communications


      Dean College has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer a new stand-alone B.A. degree. Beginning in fall 2016, students at Dean College will be able to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

      This new B.A. program will prepare students for the world of work or graduate school.

      “Dean’s Associate degree in Communications has a proud history and great alumni,” said Dr. Michael Fishbein, vice president of academic affairs. “Our students have been asking to stay at Dean to finish their Bachelor’s degree in Communications and we are delighted to provide them with the option to do so.”

      Dean College now proudly offers 12 bachelor degree programs, including Arts and Entertainment Management, Business Management, Communications, Dance, English, History, Liberal Arts and Studies, Psychology, Security Management, Sociology, Sport Management, and Theatre.

      Additionally, Dean College offers associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year.

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