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 […]

The Hip Hop Show: A Fun, Edgy, Upbeat Movement Experience For All Ages

Hip Hop Dance Class Recital in Newton, MA

Possessed by the beat of music thumping loud, enthusiastic audiences cheering, lightsticks flashing and dancers of all ages grooving – that is The Hip Hop Show, Joanne Langione Dance Center’s annual winter performance of all Hip Hop dance! This high-energy, jam-packed weekend of performances has become a favorite amongst the community as it is the […]

Dance, Art and Performance for Ages 3-18 years

JLDC - Summerdance 2023 - January 2023 blog post

What better way to escape the winter blues than to make plans for summer dance classes for kids! At Joanne Langione Dance Center, we are ready to welcome students new and returning to SummerDance – a program full of music, art, dance and performance for children ages 3 – 18 years old. With four state-of-the-art studios, […]

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 […]

Unique Gift Ideas For Dancers

JLDC Gifts for dancers

If you’re wondering what to get for the dancer in your life, look no further. We’ve put together a list of our favorite Joanne Langione Dance Center gift ideas to celebrate dancers of all ages. Plus, all JLDC Spiritwear is 10% in our Dancer’s Boutique November 25th – 28th with code JLDC10 at checkout!    […]

Best of Boston Adult Ballet Classes Now Being Offered at JLDC!

Adult ballet classes in Newton, MA

Adult Ballet Classes are now at JLDC! Five weeks into our new dance season, Joanne Langione Dance Center is humming along. Our hallways are filled with toddlers through teens coming and going each week for their dance classes, teachers are starting choreography for our Winter Concert and Hip Hop Shows, and costumes are being ordered! […]

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 […]

It’s Never Too Late To Start Dancing!

JLDC_Post_It is time to start dancing- August blog post

Have you always wanted to start dancing, but felt like the train already left the station? Well before we go any further, let’s make one thing clear. It is never too late to start dancing! Sure, there are some dancers that start at the age of 3, but just because starting young is the “norm” does […]

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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.