individualized, small group enrichment for dancers
to strengthen technique and explore potential

theDANCELAB is an individualized training program at JLDC for dancers to advance performance technique working on flexibility, turn stability, leap height and extension, correct body alignment, core strength and foot stretching skills. For our youngest dancer, theDANCELAB is a ‘tools in hand” training class to better understand and practice resistance using their own body weight to gain core strength, better flexibility, and posture.


One of the most important aspects of dance training is strengthening flexibility. Students will increase their range of motion by using proper body alignment, bands and blocks.


From working on a single pirouette, to mastering multiple turn sequences, beginner and intermediate dancers will improve their balance, strength, and spotting techniques. While more advanced dancers will work on executing multiple turn rotations, fouettés and turns in second. 


Students will build strength and flexibility in leaps and jumps. As dancers advance, they will learn new variations that they can implement into their dance technique. Advanced dancers should have full split flexibility.


Dancers of all levels will learn techniques such as chin stands, aerials and illusions. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals and progress towards achieving new skills, while advanced dancers will have the opportunity to refine intricate moves that will compliment their training.


Leave Strength Lab a stronger version of YOU! Age appropriate strength training allows students to meet the needs that dance physically demands.


The Foot Lab focuses on strengthening all of the muscles that we may not always think about but are extremely valuable to improve stability, control, and injury prevention. Advanced dancers may take class en pointe.


Our newest Lab is the perfect opportunity for dancers to refine their solo routines. Students will practice their choreography in small groups led by JLDC faculty and receive technical feedback and positive encouragement. Whether you are a seasoned soloist or learning your first solo, this Lab will elevate your skills and prepare you for success.


*Students must be enrolled in our Specialty Solo Program 



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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.