A Peek Inside Playdance

Playdance class in newton at JLDC

If you have ever been curious about what our preschool dance program Playdance class is like, look no further!  Let’s take a peek inside a typical Playdance class and talk about all of the things you can expect when choosing to enroll your little one into the world of dance at JLDC.  It’s never too […]

5 Things To Do Before Your First Dance Class

JLDC-Back to Dance Checklist Five Things To Do Before Your First Dance Class

Before getting into the nitty gritty of it all, let’s first acknowledge how exciting this moment is. Whether this is your very first class or it’s the first class after summer break, deciding to enroll in dance is a decision that will positively impact your life in many ways. For the students at Joanne Langione Dance […]

Benefits of Preschool Dance Classes

Preschool dance classes in Newton, MA

Studies show that learning to move to music benefits children in numerous ways that are essential to their early development. Before we are able to even speak, we use movement and motions to learn to communicate effectively and to learn and change ideas about ourselves, other people, and the environment around us. Every child is […]

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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.