Join us throughout the year for our innovative enrichment programs for children of all ages. From character themed dress up and dance parties, to outdoor pop-ups, renowned guest teachers and our popular holiday parties, JLDC Special Events bring family and friends together to celebrate the joy of dance.

Enrichment Programs at JLDC celebrate art and dance that feature performance, storytelling, guest teachers, themed classes, and special events


Come find out why we were named Best Dance Classes for Kids by Boston Magazine at our Fall Open Houses. Meet our faculty, visit our state-of-the-art facility, enjoy sample classes, dress code fittings & more!
Thursday, September 8th
Saturday, September 10th
Monday, September 12th


Our popular pop-ups are back! Join us around town this summer for some fun games and creative movement. FREE!

Best for ages 1-5 years yet all are welcome.

@ JLDC: Tuesday, August 9th | 3:30-4:15pm

@ THE STREET, CHESTNUT HILL: Wednesday, August 10th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ COLD SPRING PARK FARMERS MARKET: Tuesday, September 6th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ THE STREET, CHESTNUT HILL: Wednesday, September 7th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ COLD SPRING PARK FARMERS MARKET: Tuesday, September 13th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ THE STREET, CHESTNUT HILL: Wednesday, September 14th | 4:00-4:30pm

FALL FOR DANCE | Early September Classes

Can’t decide which class to take? Join us this Fall for a dance sampler! Dancers get to sample ballet tap, hip hop, jazz and tumbling with breaks for crafts and fun games! Fall in Love with Dance at JLDC’s FALL For DANCE! Come for the day or the week!

2 – 5 YEARS: 9:00-11:00am

Weekdays, September 6th – 16th


Grab your towel or yoga mat and join us for a fun, family event where music, movement and literature align to encourage exploration and imaginative play!

Best for ages 1-5 years yet all are welcome.

HYDE PLAYGROUND, NEWTON: Tuesday, August 23rd | 4:30-5:00pm

NEEDHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY: Friday, September 9th | 10:00-10:30am

NEWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: Monday, September 12th | 11:00-11:30am



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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.