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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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      Saturday with Dean, September 10, 2016


      Saturday with Dean, September 10, 2016

      Our goal is to provide prospective students and their families as many opportunities to visit Dean College as possible.

      If you can't join us for a weekday visit, we hope that you'll spend part of your Saturday with us.

      On select Saturdays, we welcome you to visit Dean for an information session and campus tour. The information session, conducted by an admissions staff member, is followed by a campus tour given by a current Dean student. Your visit ends with lunch in our dining center. Other members of the admissions staff will also be on hand to answer all of your questions.

      The day begins at 10:00 AM and families should expect to spend about two hours on campus.

      Register for Saturday with Dean, September 10, 2016.

      Learn more about visiting the Dean College campus.

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      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students, September 5, 2016


      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students, September 5, 2016

      On Monday, September 5, 2016 new and returning students will move in and/or check-in to Dean College. Times and locations for check-in vary depending on a variety of factors, so be sure to check out the Dean College Move-In Day web page for all information. If you are moving in to a residence hall for the first time, you will also find some tips on what to bring and what not to bring to college. 

      New International students will check-in for International Student Orientation (ISO) on September 1st in the Campus Center near the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas.

      Students enrolled in the Arch Learning Community should check in for Orientation on Friday, September 2, 2016. Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

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      Dean College Children’s Center Accepting Applications for September


      Dean College Children’s Center Accepting Applications for September

      Dean College’s Children’s Center is accepting applications for the following sessions: (1) 2-day morning, 3-day morning, or 5-day mornings for preschoolers; (2) 4-day afternoons for pre-K children.

      Innovative and progressive, the school is NAEYC accredited and well known in the community for an inspiring preschool experience. Dean Children’s Center is a lab school for ECE majors, with teachers-in-training alongside credentialed teachers. The center has a very professional and caring environment for children to learn through exploration.

      The school uses a developmental approach to education which reflects current research in child development and peer conflict resolution. We are a regional resource to parents and educators on peer conflict resolution in young children and our lab school is a demonstration site for best practices in early education of children.

      Dean College Children’s Center is located at 144 School Street in Franklin. Parking is at 89 West Central Street. For more information, visit or call 508-541-1598.  

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      Dean College Welcomes Ernie May as Head Baseball Coach


      Dean College Welcomes Ernie May as Head Baseball Coach

      Dean College is pleased to announce the hiring of Ernie May to lead their baseball program. May was most recently the Assistant Baseball Coach at Harvard University, and will be taking over a program that is in the transition stages of moving from the NJCAA to NCAA Division III.

      May has an extensive resume having coached at the Division I, II, and III levels of college baseball as well as collegiate summer leagues. At the Division I level, May was assistant coach at Harvard and UMass-Amherst and Head Coach of Wofford College (South Carolina), which transitioned from D-II to D-I during his tenure. He was Head Coach of D-III Northland College (Wisconsin), where he was named the Conference Coach of the Year in 2014. As Graduate Assistant Coach at Springfield College, he helped lead the team to back to back Division II NCAA Regional Tournaments. May also served as the top Assistant Coach at Trinity College (Connecticut).

      May earned his bachelor’s degree at Keene State College, where he pitched and played first base for the Owls. He earned his master’s degree from Springfield College and is in the dissertation phase of his doctoral degree from Drexel University.

      Ernie May’s Accomplishments

      • UMAC Coach of the Year, Northland College, 2014
      • UMAC Conference Tournament #2 Seed, Northland College Division III, 2014 & 2015
      • NESCAC East Division Champions, NESCAC Tournament, Trinity College, Division III, 2013
      • NESCAC Conference Champions, Trinity College, Division III, 2012
      • NCAA New England Regional, Trinity College, Division III, 2012
      • UMASS Amherst Division I Atlantic 10 Tournament, 2009
      • UMASS Amherst Division I Atlantic 10 Tournament, 2001
      • Wofford College Southern Conference Tournament Team, 1998
      • UMASS Amherst Division I Atlantic 10 Conference Champion; Top 25 Team in Final National Pole, 1995
      • NE-10 Conference Champion NCAA Regional, 1992
      • NCAA Regional Springfield College Division II, 1992
      • Spearheaded the Wofford College baseball program’s transition from Division II to Division I
      • Coached 23 players that were drafted by Major League Baseball Clubs

      This past spring, the Dean College baseball team won the Region XXI NJCAA Championship and participated in the District Championship, where they finished as the runner-up to Monroe Community College. For more information on the baseball team and dean college athletics, visit  

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