Faculty & Staff

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      Marc Arentsen, Dean, Palladino School of Dance and School of the Arts

      Marc M. Arentsen is the Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts. He is a master teacher, consultant, and artistic leader whose teaching expertise includes ballet technique, dance history, dance composition and choreography, arts administration, and artistic direction. 

      As a dancer, designer, and prolific dance maker, he has appeared in, produced and collaborated on numerous acclaimed dance and theatre works in Asia, Europe and North America. Originally from The Netherlands, Mr. Arentsen studied dance at the conservatories of Arnhem and Tilburg before earning his BFA in Ballet Performance at Friends University and his MFA in Theatre Arts and Dance at The University of Arizona. He has corporate experience in the tech world and is also proficient in four languages. Recognized for his vision and excellence in teaching in higher education, Mr. Arentsen previously was the Founding Chair of Dance at Belhaven University and the Founding Artistic Director of Polarity Dance Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.

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      Joan Phelps Palladino

      Currently a professor and dean emerita, Joan Phelps Palladino is the founder of the School of Dance at Dean College.

      Joan PalladinoHer degrees and studies in dance throughout Europe and the Caribbean, in addition to her service with state and national dance associations, prepared her to build a robust dance curriculum within a liberal arts environment. She established the Associate in Arts in Dance degree program at Dean College in 1980 and the Bachelor of Arts in Dance program in 2000. Her many awards and accolades include the Massachusetts Senate Citation for 50 years of dance at Dean College. Professor Palladino’s active teaching commitments include Creative Movement for Children as well as Research in Dance.
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      Kristina Berger

      Kristina, from Washington D.C., is an international performer, master teacher of the Horton Technique, and choreographer. Ms. Berger is a principal dancer with Erick Hawkins Dance Company and has been on dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College for twelve years.

      She is starting a full time dance professorship at Dean College this fall. Kristina has held dance faculty positions at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey School of Ballet, and Peridance Capezio Center with guest artist positions at La Guardia High School of Performing Arts, Taiwan National University of the Arts, and Lake Tahoe Dance Festival. She is a founding member of Zurich-based LordMasters artist’s collective and Lake Tahoe Dance Collective. Kristina has danced with Molissa Fenley & Dancers, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and Washington Opera Ballet.

      Other fabulous adventures include touring the nation as a dancer with Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus and being the first female to perform the virtuoso solo “Hanuman The Monkey King” as guest artist with Bali’s foremost gamelan and dance company, Semara Ratih as a member of NYC’s BALAM Dance Theatre.

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      Allison "Ali" Kenner Brodsky

      An adjunct instructor in dance at Dean College, Ali received her Bachelor of Arts in dance and psychology from Skidmore College.

      She is certified in Pilates and has taken workshops with Irene Dowd for a decade. Her choreography has been shown at venues such as the JoyceSoHo, Judson Church, Skidmore College, SWEAT (NJ) and Dance New Amsterdam.

      Ali is a guest choreographer at Providence College, an adjunct dance faculty at Salve Regina University and a dancer with LostWax dance company of Providence, RI. Ali teaches modern technique.
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      Audra Carabetta

      Audra Carabetta holds an MFA in dance from Smith College and a BFA in dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been dancing, teaching and choreographing in the Boston area since the late 90’s

      Audra has been on faculty at Amherst College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bridgewater State College, Holy Cross College, Tufts University, Ballet Arts Center of Winchester and Annemarie’s Dance Center. She has taught a variety of classes including, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, composition, dance history, world dance creative dance and dance pedagogy. She has had the pleasure of performing with choreographers and companies such as: Across The Ages Dance Project, Brian Crabtree and Dancers, Lorraine Chapman The Company, Daniel McCusker Dance Project, Marcus Schulkind, Weber Dance, the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company and The Boston Early Music Festival. Choreographically, she has received attention via awards and grants, and her choreography and dancing has taken her to places such as Holland, London, Canada and New York City. Her works have also recently been presented at Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, The Dance Place of Newburyport, Bowdoin College, The College of the Holy Cross, Smith College, Tufts University, The Provincetown Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, the Virginia Beach Performing Arts Center and The Massachusetts Dance Festival. 

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      Rebecca Cameron

      Rebecca, a part time adjunct faculty, has been teaching exclusively at Dean College since 1999. Initially,  she taught  courses in Public Speaking and currently teaches Communication Fundamentals.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Rebecca is also an Academic Coach and a Tutor in the Writing Center.  

      Prior to arriving at Dean, she worked for a decade in the financial service industry for General Motors Acceptance Corporation.  Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and holds a Masters Degree from Emerson College.  She studied a year on exchange at the University of South Florida and is a certified secondary educator.   

      Rebecca has been a resident of Franklin for more than twenty years and is very active within the community.  She has served in many capacities on both elementary and middle school Parent Communications Councils and now is part of the Franklin High School Boosters.   She has volunteered with Franklin Pop Warner and Franklin Youth Hockey Associations.  Rebecca was a two term member of the Franklin Finance Committee, eventually being elected as Vice Chair.  Furthermore, she has been part of search committees, long term financial committees, and override committees. Outside of Franklin, Rebecca served six years on the Christian Education Committee at Federated Church of Norfolk, spending four years as secretary.

      Most recently, Rebecca has become committed to health and wellness.  She completed the 2015 Kentucky Derby marathon and the 2016 Patriot and a half ironman.  As a foundation, she practices Kokoro yoga.  Rebecca is described by students as a witty, energetic fashionista. 

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      Amanda Donahue

      Amanda received her Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinios, and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic training from Northeastern University.

      She has taught and assisted courses in human movement, sport injury, drug use and abuse, and therapeutic exercise, as well as served as the athetic trainer assistant for the University of Illinois modern dance company and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
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      Ricardo Foster, Jr.

      Ricardo Foster, Jr. is the artistic director of UnytedStylz Productions.

      Ricardo teaches hip hop technique for the Dean College School of Dance and has worked with popular artists such as Jay-Z, NSYNC, En-Vogue, Uncle Kracker, Destiny’sChild, Naughty by Nature and RUN D.M.C.
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      Michelle Montanez Fox

      Michelle stepped onto the dance floor at the age of six, and never left. At the age of sixteen, she landed her first professional show as a soloist for the North Star Ballet.

       She has studied and performed a broad range of styles including ballet, modern and ballroom and received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Michelle has been professionally competing for over ten years in both American Smooth and Rhythm. Michelle is a six time Open Rhythm champion for Fred Astaire New England, and 2010 Rising Star Rhythm Finalist of the Fred Astaire World Championships. She was a featured dancer with the cast of Dancing with The Stars in the Disney Christmas Parade of 2009, and most recently, a featured soloist for the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards in 2016. Michelle has trained with world renowned dancers such as Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Jose Decamps, and Joanna Zacharewicz.  

      As an instructor, Michelle has been awarded Top Female Teacher in New England two years in a row, and was among one of the few teachers to be awarded a national Freddy Award. She was a featured instructor for NECN’s ‘Wedding Week’ and then became a manager for Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 2008, where her focus became training professional dancers throughout New England to be successful performers, competitors, and instructors. Michelle currently owns the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Franklin, and travels around New England training instructors and coaching professional couples in American Style Smooth and Rhythm. She has most recently started adjudicating for the Worcester Classic Ballroom Dance Competition and looks forward to bringing the world of Ballroom dancing to Dean College!   

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      Mark Harootian

      Mark Harootian, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, holds a BFA in dance from the University of Utah.

      He has performed with the Utah Ballet and the Festival Ballet Providence in solo roles at venues that include Disney’s Epcot Center, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Medal Plaza, and the Festival of White Nights in Pushkin Russia. He is a choreographer and director of educational outreach for Festival Ballet Providence. He will be teaching ballet technique.

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