Revolutionizing Dance Education in 2024: A Family Legacy

How JLDC is Revolutionizing Dance Education in 2024

The Joanne Langione Dance Center in Newton, MA has been a star among dance schools in Greater Boston for over four decades. It is proud to be a family legacy school with an experienced faculty who many have called home for over 10 years now. 

For the past few years, JLDC has been gaining many successes through the implemented programs and structuring of the school, nurturing the needs of both students and parents. 

JLDC has always endured its tradition of excellence by preserving its legacy by being a family-run school, generation to generation. The Mother-Daughter story is what sets JLDC apart. Joanne Langoine, the Founding Director first opened the school in 1976 as The Dance Center. It was the first “Family Center” for dance in Newton. Joanne combined her dance and choreography skills to design a program that offers solid training, artistry, performing opportunities and fun to a wide range of students. 

Jamie Langione Endreny began her training with her mom, Joanne at JLDC. Today, Jaime leads the school as Executive Director, having joined in 2015 after a wide range of experiences leading arts organizations. It is clear that Jaime’s vision for JLDC is to expand its reach while continuing the school’s traditions. As you enter the halls of JLDC’s state-of-the-art facility you’ll be greeted by the historic photo gallery that she curated. Her daughter Livia now represents the third generation of JLDC dancers in the family.

The women-led school has always put an emphasis on the welcoming and supportive environment that it offers for its students, and the loving community that stems from those values.

theDANCELAB

Introduced by JLDC in the 2023 fall season, theDANCELAB is an individualized training program which helps dancers advance in performance technique. This new program prioritizes a small group environment to ensure that the instructors are attentive, and it focuses on specific fundamental techniques that will help dancers reach their greatest potential.

This program serves as a great foundation for younger students, as the exercises are tailored to both age and ability, where core strength, better flexibility, and improved posture are able to be developed. However, it is also an amazing opportunity for more advanced students to refine their skills and really challenge themselves in a safe space.

Un.Convention Boston

Currently in its 8th year, JLDC offers Un.Convention Boston, which is revolutionizing the standard convention; bringing it to the home studio, catering to student needs and creating a more welcoming environment where they can thrive.

Dance conventions are typically held in a hotel ballroom or convention center, and can consist of 200 plus dancers at a time. A major difference that sets Un.Convention Boston apart is the smaller studio setting. This creates a more approachable atmosphere where students can really be themselves and excel.

Sophia Lucia correcting a student during a master class.

Un.Convention Boston focuses on providing the highest level of dance education, true mentorship from world renowned dancers, and the opportunity to build lasting friendships inside the dance community. This event takes place twice a year in both summer and winter.

In the most recent Winter Un.Convention Boston, JLDC had a superstar lineup of master teachers which included Guinness Book record holder, dance prodigy, and Youtube sensation Sophia Lucia, Teddy Forance from CLI Studios, along with professional dancers Rory Freeman, Jeff Lapes, Michael Keefe, Chanel Aguirre, and Julia Dickey.

Reinventing the Studio Space

After the recent introduction of a 5th studio space, JLDC has created an exceptional state-of-the-art facility with many amenities. Not only are there several student gathering places for before and between classes, but also a Dancers’ Boutique offering student dress code dance apparel.

Something that makes JLDC a truly unique dance school is their black box style theater equipped with professional lighting for in-house performances. This space has a 16-foot high ceiling and welcomes collegiate opportunities for smaller audiences to enjoy informal showcases.

JLDC Annual Hip Hop Show dancers posing on stage.

The Hip Hop Show

The Joanne Langione Dance Center offers an annual winter Hip Hop performance! This high-energy and confidence-boosting performance has become a favorite amongst the community as it is the only one of its kind in the Boston area. Joanne Langione Dance Center’s 

Hip Hop program is popular with students who come only to study Hip Hop and also with students who want to add it to their repertoire of other dance genres, as it is offered to students of all ages and levels.


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About The Joanne Langione Dance Center

The Joanne Langione Dance Center in Newton, MA is constantly innovating and exploring new ways to adhere to the students and parents of the school, as well as challenge the standard dance education system with a fresh approach.

JLDC is a community school that provides a safe and positive environment while educating students in the many ways a proper dance education can inform their lives.

Learn more about The Joanne Langione Dance Center to see if it is the right fit for your child. 

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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.