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


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

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

@ THE STREET, CHESTNUT HILL: Thursday, September 7th |10:00-10:30am

@ COLD SPRING PARK: Tuesday, September 12th | 4:00-4:30pm


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: Monday, October 2nd | 11:30-12:00p

NEEDHAM LIBRARY: Tuesday, October 24th | 11:30-12:00p

NEWTON LIBRARY: Monday, November 13th | 11:30-12:00p

NEEDHAM LIBRARY: Tuesday, November 28th | 11:30-12:00p

NEWTON LIBRARY: Monday, December 4th | 11:30-12:00p



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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.