Introducing theDANCELAB: New Dance Classes for Kids in Newton Beginning Fall 2023

The Joanne Langione Dance Center is once again breaking new ground when it comes to providing quality dance training to the greater Boston community. As the dance center embarks on their 48th season of teaching award-winning dance classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Acrodance and Creative Movement to toddlers through teens, they continue their tradition of excellence with their newest program, theDANCELAB


What is theDanceLab?

theDANCELAB is an individualized training program for dancers to advance performance technique. This new program prioritizes a small group environment to ensure that the instructors are hands-on and attentive. 

From flexibility to leap height, turn stability to extension, theDANCELAB is there to advance fundamental techniques that will help dancers reach their greatest potential. 

theDANCELAB is an individualized training program for dancers to advance performance technique. This new program prioritizes a small group environment to ensure that the instructors are hands-on and attentive. 

By focusing on these elements, dancers can reach new heights of precision, elegance, and overall strength in their dance training.

For the younger dancers, this is more than just a dance class. It can be seen as a platform for building the strongest foundation possible. By learning new and exciting exercises tailored to their age and ability, young dancers can develop core strength, better flexibility, and improved posture from an early stage. 

For the more advanced dancers, theDANCELAB is an opportunity to refine their skills, improve their consistency and be inspired to step up to new challenges.


Individualized, Skill-based Enrichment

theDANCELAB originated from Joanne Langione Dance Center’s commitment to keeping up with the ever-changing dance world. theDANCELAB bridges the gap between traditional training and an environment where dancers can experiment, push boundaries, and discover their unique potential – something the dance center is proud to offer students. 

This fusion of innovation and tradition not only enhances a dancer’s skills, but also nurtures a spirit of exploration and creativity. 


Fall 2023 DANCELAB Offerings At JLDC 

Turn Lab: 

Whether you are looking to refine the basics or take your turning abilities to the next level, this lab offers a tailored journey that caters to all dancers’ aspirations. From flexibility to leap height, turn stability to extension, theDANCELAB is there to advance fundamental techniques that will help dancers reach their greatest potential.

Inside the Turn Lab, beginner and intermediate dancers will improve balance, strength and spotting techniques. This strong foundation paves the way for a seamless progression as they develop and grow throughout their dance training. 

For the more advanced dancers, this lab presents an exciting challenge, allowing them to master complex techniques such as executing multiple turn rotations, achieving impeccable fouetté turns, and conquering the intricacies of turns in second. 


Leap Lab:

The Leap Lab is designed to offer students a comprehensive deep dive into the world of leaps. 

Dancers will gain fundamental techniques that will serve as the building blocks for exceptional performance. As students progress, they will be introduced to an array of exciting leap variations, expanding their repertoire and artistry. 


Stretch Lab: 

Strengthening flexibility is one of the most important aspects of dance training. Inside the Stretch Lab,  JLDC’s expert faculty will guide students through tailored stretching routines designed to expand range of motion, body alignment, and to make sure each muscle group is properly engaged. Stretch Lab

The Stretch Lab is for dancers of all levels who understand the importance of flexibility in their dance training. Whether you are a beginner working on lengthening and proper body posture, or a more advanced dancer aiming to improve their dancing, this class offers the perfect blend of guidance and challenge. 


Skill Lab: 

This one-of-a-kind class is tailored for dancers eager to master challenging moves, expand their skill set, and refine their technique, all within an intimate setting with proper supervision and guidance. 

Dive headfirst into the world of dance skills such as aerials, illusions and impressive acrobatic moves. 

While exploring new skills, this lab places emphasis on strong dance technique, ensuring that the skills learned inside of the lab can be seamlessly integrated into choreography and performances. 


Strength Lab: 

The Strength Lab is a perfect opportunity to intertwine the beauty of dance and the power of strength training to create a stronger and more resilient dancer at JLDC. This lab is designed to equip dancers of all levels to meet the rigorous demands of dance, leaving students ready to conquer their dance goals. 

Through carefully curated exercises, dancers will enhance core stability, improve posture, and develop the strength needed for leaps, turns, and intricate movements inside of their dance technique. 


Foot Lab: 

As dancers, your feet are your most prized possession. Strong feet unlock the potential for intricate footwork, seamless transitions, and an important foundation for injury prevention. 

Through targeted exercises and dynamic techniques, dancers will build the strength that will allow them to excel in whichever dance genre they are passionate about. foot lab

Discover how foot strength can translate into enhanced artistry, exquisite pointe work, graceful relevés, clear tap sounds and agile hip hop footwork. The foot lab is a great way for dancers to build a new understanding of the importance of foot strength and how it translates to dance. 


Gain Confidence in Skill and Artistry

As the curtain rises on theDANCELAB, dancers have the chance to embark on a transformative journey. A journey that challenges them, nurtures their passion for dance, and guides them towards their goals at JLDC. 

Whether you are just starting out or have been dancing for years, theDANCELAB’s small group approach ensures that you will receive the training tailored to your unique strengths and ability.  

Step into the future of dance training with Joanne Langione Dance Center’s theDANCELAB. Unleash your potential, elevate your dance experience, and become part of a community that celebrates innovation, creativity, and the joy of dance right at JLDC. 

Visit theDANCELAB website for more information on classes, enrollment, and program details.

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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.