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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Preparing for a Performance with JLDC Faculty, Goldie Walberg

Preparing for a Performance or Recital with Goldie Wahlberg

You might think “preparing for a performance” solely means focusing on your rehearsals, classes, and making sure your choreography is ready for the stage. Technically speaking, you wouldn’t be mistaken. But other than the obvious, there are many other factors that come into play when preparing for a performance.  It’s time to dive into what […]

Gift Ideas for Dancers

Gift ideas for dancers JL Dance Newton, MA

If you’re wondering what to get for the dancer in your life, look no further. We’ve put together a list of the 20 best gift ideas for dancers, from essential equipment to elegant accessories, to celebrate dancers of all ages.  Gift Ideas for Dancers 1: Hydro Flask Water Bottle Keep your dancer hydrated with a […]

JLDC’s Four Decades of Excellence Honored by “Best of Boston” as Best Dance Center

JL Dance Lobby, Dance Classes in Newton, MA

Over the past 46 years, Founding Director Joanne Langione has brought new meaning to the word dance education especially since receiving best dance center in Boston in 2016. Since opening in September 1976 as a solo operation, the mission of the Joanne Langione Dance Center, Newton’s oldest school of dance, has remained unchanged:  “To preserve […]

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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.