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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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      First Year Convocation, Tuesday, September 15, 2015


      Dean College will welcome the 151st incoming class to campus with the First Year Convocation ceremony on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

      First Year Convocation is a Dean College tradition that welcomes freshmen to the Dean community. All freshmen attend this formal college induction ceremony headed by Dean College President Paula M. Rooney, college deans and other faculty and staff.


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      Dean College Children’s Center Hosts Preschool Exploration Open House, September 4, 2015


      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on September 4, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Parents of children 2 years old to 6 years are encouraged to bring their child to explore the school and learn about our program. Applications are being accepted for 5-day morning, 2-day morning, 3-day morning preschool programs or 4-day Pre-K program. Preschool begins on September 14, 2015.

      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, using 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 uses best practices in early education of children,” said Faith Nickolas, Director of the Children’s Center.

      Dean College Children’s Center is located at 144 School Street in Franklin. For more information, email Faith at or call 508-541-1598.

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      Dean Welcomes New and Returning Students, September 7, 2015


      Beginning Thursday, September 3, students from around the world will be arriving on campus to kick off the 2015-16 academic year!

      Friday, September 4, 2015 marks the beginning of International Student Orientation (ISO) and Arch Orientation. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas and Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

      On Monday, September 7, the remaining 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 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.

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      New Student Orientation, Friday, August 21, 2015


      Accepted and deposited students are invited and encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) session to become more acquainted with Dean College and all that we have to offer.

      The final one-day NSO of the Summer will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015.

      Visit to learn more about NSO and to register.

      The Dean College campus is conveniently located 5 minutes off Interstate I-495 at exit 17 (Route 140 South). Visitors should park in the Campus Center parking lot by the outdoor basketball court. Click here for directions. 

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      Dean College to Host 19th Annual President's Cup


      The 19th Annual Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Franklin Country Club. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Dean College Scholarship Fund.

      Throughout the past 18 years, the Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament has had a profound and positive effect on the education of Dean College students. Support from players and sponsors has helped the College raise more than $1,000,000 for Dean College scholarships and these scholarships have helped hundreds of students over the years. By sponsoring or playing in this event, you could help a prospective student attend Dean College.

      To learn more about the event itself, please visit

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