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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 Children’s Center Hosts Preschool Exploration Open House, March 21, 2016


      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 3 30 p.m. – 6 00 p.m. 

      Dean Children’s Center will host an Exploration Open House on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 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.

      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. Director Faith Nickolas states “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. For more information, call 508-541-1598.  

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      Dean College Women's Basketball NJCAA National Tournament Preview


      The Dean College women’s basketball team has been selected as the 12th seed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. They will play the fifth seed, Owens CC (Ohio) on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 2 00pm eastern time. 

      The Dean College women’s basketball team has been selected as the 12th seed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. They will play the fifth seed, Owens CC (Ohio) on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 2:00pm eastern time.  Owens is currently ranked 5th in the latest NJCAA National Poll and recorded a 26-6 record, winning the District I Tournament, 71-69 over Cincinnati State. Dean, currently ranked 19th in the poll, defeated Union County College of New Jersey in the District N Tournament to qualify for the its first national tournament.

      The Dean Women’s basketball program under Head Coach Grahm Smith have won three consecutive Region XXI (New England) titles under his watch.  This year they have set the school record for victories (24) and also a school record for most consecutive Region championships (3).  In his three years at Dean, the women have a 57-17 record.

      This year the freshman have carried the load, as Vianah Smith and Denisha Gardener led the team in scoring and rebounding, respectively. Smith averaged 17.1 points per game and 3.5 assists per game, while Gardener averaged 12.3 rebounds per game and was second on the team in scoring.  Freshmen Fataya Larry and Chelsea Johnson round out the newcomers who have been the main cogs for the Bulldogs, with Larry averaging 10.5 rebounds per game and 9.5 points per game, with Johnson being more of an outside threat, averaging 8.8 points. 

      Sophomore captain Morgan Turner has been playing very well during their post-season run, averaging double digits in scoring the past three games.  Turner has signed a letter of intent to attend DII Lemoyne College next fall.

      One of the strengths of this team has been their depth and the freshmen who see significant time off the bench are Kristen and Jordan Gomes, Iindia Pina, Jamaya Cleveland and Farrah Beatty.

      The NJCAA National Tournament is being hosted by Johnson County Community College in Overland, Kansas March 15-19, 2016. For more information on the tournament, visit All games will be streamed live and can be located at

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      Team Heading to NJCAA National Tournament

      The Dean College women’s basketball team defeated Union County College this past Sunday, 55-53, to capture the NJCAA Division II District N Championship.

      Down by five with two minutes remaining, the Bulldogs pulled out the victory with clutch shooting down the stretch. The lady bulldogs 26-4 record is the best record ever for a Dean women's basketball team.

      “Our goal from day one of pre-season was to advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Overland Park, KS,” said Head Coach Grahm Smith. “It is something that we focused on from the very first day.”

      The women won the NJCAA Region XXI Tournament last week for the third year in a row and they are the first Dean College women's team to qualify for a National Championship Tournament.

      “The Dean College Community is extremely proud of Coach Smith, his staff and our women’s basketball team making the National Tournament,” said Athletic Director Todd Vasey. “They have accomplished milestones that no other Dean’s women’s basketball team ever has. They have truly left a Legacy.”

      The women now await the NJCAA seeding procedure to see who their first round opponent will be in the NJCAA National Tournament. Games begin next Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

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      Spring Break 2016 Residence Hall Closing Information


      The residence halls will close at 6:30pm on Friday, March 11th.  The residence halls will re-open on Sunday, March 20th at 12noon.

      Prior to leaving students must do the following:

      • Ensure all trash is taken out of the room
      • Unplug all electronics
      • Unplug and defrost any mini fridge units
      • Lock all windows
      • Turn off the light, and lock the door

      Residents who live further than 500 miles away, and need to stay late due to travel arrangements must go to Chapman House by Wednesday, March 9th to finalize arrangements. Charges will apply. Food is not provided during Spring Break.

      Any questions please contact the Office of Residence Life at or 508-541-1838.

      Students are also encourage to stop by Chapman House or speak with their RD if they have any questions.

      To make transportation arrangements to get to either Logan Airport or TF Green Airport contact Kiessling Transit Reservations at 1-855-432-3315 or email


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      Dean College Presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, March 2-6, 2016


      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2016 through Sunday, March 6, 2016. 

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2016 through Sunday, March 6, 2016.

      Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is the highly inventive tale of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet as told from the bewildered view of two minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The screenwriter of the Oscar winning Shakespeare in Love, Tom Stoppard presents this Elizabethan comic duo the opportunity to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. You won’t want to miss our talented students perform this modern dramatic masterpiece!

      The Dean College production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will take place in the Performing Arts Studios Stage at Dean College, 61 School Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $5-$22 and can be purchased online. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

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