Leaders in the World of Dance – JLDC Alumni Spotlight: Marina Vachon

Dane Teacher Marina Vashon and her students at JLDC in Newton

“JLDC is where I learned to love dance and thinking of the years I spent there helps me continue to push towards accomplishing all of my dreams and goals.” – Marina Vachon Nearing five decades of dance education in Newton, the students at Joanne Langione Dance Center consistently curate a life-long love of dance, whether […]

Dance Is More than Learning Steps: Reflections from the Class of 2022

class of 2022 reflections - june blog

“Thank you JLDC for giving me a space to be myself, and allowing me to create bonds and memories to cherish forever.” – Rebekah Jaffe, Class of 2022 The faculty at Joanne Langione Dance Center have always been committed to creating a family-like atmosphere amongst students. By celebrating the entire collective of dancers, generations of […]

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Shawn Mahoney

Shawn Mahoney began his ballet, tap, and jazz training at the Joanne Langione Dance Center and his early performing career with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre in Boston, MA. As an apprentice, Shawn danced for American Ballet Theatre before joining Boston Ballet. At Boston Ballet, Shawn performed in Petipa, Balanchine, Kylian, Forsythe, Bejart and others. Shawn performed as a chosen member of “Tharp!”, a national and international touring company directed by Twyla Tharp. Ms. Tharp invited Shawn to be part of the creative and choreographic process for her Broadway hit “Movin’ Out” and performed in Tharp’s “Red, White, and Blues”. Shawn performed with the Suzanne Farrell/Balanchine Project, Sean Curran Company, Washington Ballet, and Bale Estado de Goias. As an educator, Shawn has taught internationally for Festa de Danca in Sao Paulo and Bermuda Civic Ballet. Currently, Shawn is on faculty at Emerson College, instructing dance classes to actors and musical theatre students and is a teacher and lecturer at Days in the Arts. Shawn founded Mahoney Agency, representing dancers for national engagements for the Nutcracker Ballet. Shawn is a sought out mentor for emerging artists and choreographers in ballet and contemporary dance.