A Love Letter From JoJo

In celebration of the Month of Love, Founding Director, Joanne Langione, reflects on one of the biggest loves of her life, The Joanne Langione Dance Center.

“I am filled with pride everyday as I observe a team of teachers in class, in the student corridor or in performance. How lucky I am to be surrounded by talent, love and devotion, and such fine people.” – Joanne Langione   In celebration of the Month of Love, Founding Director, Joanne Langione, reflects on […]

The Importance Of A Dance Convention: Un.Convention Boston

Jeff Lapes teaching dancers Hip Hop at Un.Convention Boston

Dance, as an art form, is a celebration of movement, expression, and creativity. For aspiring dancers, the journey towards their ultimate dance dreams involves not only honing technical skills but also immersing oneself in the rich and vibrant dance community.  One exceptional way to do this is by participating in dance conventions. In this blog […]

All About Choreography: 3 Tips To Help You Learn Choreography

All About Choreography 3 Tips To Help You Learn Choreography at JLDC in Newton, MA.

Embarking on a journey into the world of dance choreography is an exhilarating experience, and the Joanne Langione Dance Center provides the perfect backdrop for enthusiasts to explore their passion.    Each January, the students of The Joanne Langione Dance Center have the opportunity to perform in not one, but two dance performances. Starting with The […]

Finding the Right Dance Studio for Your Child:
6 Questions You Should Ask

Finding the right dance studio in Newton, MA.

Finding the right dance studio for your child can be a complex process, and be pretty overwhelming at first. It is a BIG decision, and wherever you select will become you and your child’s new second home. It opens up a door of opportunities and community for you and your child, and sets the foundation […]

Introducing theDANCELAB: New Dance Classes for Kids in Newton Beginning Fall 2023

theDANCELAB: New Dance Classes for Kids in Newton, Massachusetts.

The Joanne Langione Dance Center is once again breaking new ground when it comes to providing quality dance training to the greater Boston community. As the dance center embarks on their 48th season of teaching award-winning dance classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Acrodance and Creative Movement to toddlers through teens, they continue […]

Legacies Inside JLDC: The Passeggio Family Shares Their Story

Legacies inside JLDC

“JLDC is still the same supportive family that it has always been.” – Jessica Passeggio, Class of 1995 Joanne Langione Dance Center’s recent 2023 graduate Emma Passeggio, has quite the connection to the dance center. It has been the place she has called a “second home” for 16 years, but she isn’t the only member […]

The 3 Major Benefits Of Un.Convention Boston™ – Summer Intensive

Benefits Of Un.Convention Boston™ – Summer Intensive.

Un.Convention™  is a 4 day dance workshop that delivers the best aspects of a dance convention in an intimate, studio setting, offered exclusively at Joanne Langione Dance Center. Although there are many summer dance conventions, Un.Convention is a unique intensive set apart from the rest. Hence the name. . . the “UN” convention.  So why […]

Dance Lessons: SeniorSPEAK Sentiments from the JLDC Class of 2023


May is an extremely fun and exciting month at Joanne Langione Dance Center. May at JLDC means costumes, rehearsals, and lots of recital prep! But for the Senior Graduates, May can feel a tad bittersweet. Because with all of the recital preparation as well as the end of year excitement, also comes the reminder that […]

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 […]

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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.