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


Join us for our popular, Playdance Pop-Ups! Enjoy a fun, family dance party where music and movement come together to encourage exploration and imaginative play with new and familiar song and dance activities.

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

@ JLDC: Wednesday, June 5th |10:00-10:45am

@ JLDC: Wednesday, June 12th |10:00-10:45am

@ THE SREET: Thursday, June 13th |10:00-10:30am

@ LAND’S SAKE FARM: Friday, June 14th | 11:15-11:45am

@ COLD SPRING PARK: Tuesday, June 18th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ JLDC: Wednesday, June 19th |10:00-10:45am

@ JLDC: Wednesday, June 26th |10:00-10:45am

@ JLDC: Wednesday, July 10th |3:30-4:15pm

@ THE STREET: Thursday, July 11th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ JLDC: Wednesday, July 17th |3:30-4:15pm

@ JLDC: Wednesday, July 24th |3:30-4:15pm

@ JLDC: Wednesday, July 31st |3:30-4:15pm

@ JLDC: Wednesday, August 7th |3:30-4:15pm

@ THE STREET: Thursday, August 8th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ JLDC: Wednesday, August 14th |3:30-4:15pm

@ COLD SPRING PARK: Tuesday, September 10th | 4:00-4:30pm

@ THE STREET: Thursday, September 12th | 10:00-10:30am


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.

NEWTON LIBRARY: Tuesday, June 11th | 4:00-4:30p

NEEDHAM LIBRARY: Tuesday, June 25th | 10:00-10:30a

NEWTON LIBRARY: Tuesday, July 9th | 4:00-4:30p

NEEDHAM LIBRARY: Tuesday, July 23th | 4:00-4:30p

NEWTON LIBRARY: Tuesday, August 13th | 4:00-4:30p



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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.