COMPETITION

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COMPETITION

Competition helps keep students on the ladder of progress in performance and technique while giving them confidence and strengthening bonds with classmates.

“When I think of all of my years competing, I don’t remember which
trophies and ribbons I won, but of all the fun I had with all of you
practicing and working hard together.”

- JLDC GRADUATE, CLASS OF 2021

2021-2022 COMPETITION DATES

February 4-6, 2022 | March 4-6, 2022

Competitions naturally teach students to work as hard as they can to do the very best they can. At JLDC, School for Excellence students are selected to participate in competition at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

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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.