Unique Gift Ideas For Dancers

If you’re wondering what to get for the dancer in your life, look no further. We’ve put together a list of our favorite Joanne Langione Dance Center gift ideas to celebrate dancers of all ages. Plus, all JLDC Spiritwear is 10% in our Dancer’s Boutique November 25th – 28th with code JLDC10 at checkout! 


1. Winter Wardrobe Dress Code Update

Now that the cold weather is here, help your dancer stay warm with our large selection of winter dance wear. Long sleeve leotards, ballet sweaters, legwarmers and more…our Dancer’s Boutique is fully stocked with cold weather essentials for dancers. 

2. Your Very Own Playdance Playdate

Book a custom Playdance Playdate for you and your friends led by one of JLDC’s expert preschool faculty and celebrate your dancer with dress-up, movement, and more. Playdance Playdates can be customized to the theme of your choice. Inspired by the Nutcracker? Let the Sugar Plum Fairy make a visit! Still singing the Encanto soundtrack? Let’s have Mirabel lead the fun!

Call or email to inquire: 617-969-8724 / info@jldancecenter.com. Looking to make it an extra special gift, why not add in one of these extra sparkly ballet skirts to wear to the playdate? Just restocked and sure to fly off the shelves again. 

3. Personalized Private Lessons

Private dance lessons at JLDC, Newton, MA

Is your dancer working hard to master a particular skill? Or maybe they need a little extra help to gain more confidence in their movement? Give your dancer the gift of personalized instruction. Each 30-minute private lesson takes place in-studio and offers one-on-one time where the incredible JLDC faculty will provide individualized instruction to suit your dancer’s needs. Call or email to inquire: 617-969-8724 / info@jldancecenter.com.

4. Sweatshirt Swag

There are a ton of new items dropping in JLDC’s Dancer’s Boutique this week including these new sweatshirts. These stylish hoodies and crops come in a variety of styles and sizes for dancers of all ages. They are great for wearing to and from dance and to performances and competitions. Show off your JLDC pride! 

5. JLDC Water Bottle 

Keep your dancer hydrated with a JLDC Water Bottle. This insulated water bottle is leakproof and sweatproof, so it’s easy to toss in a dance bag. It keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours! Plus, check out a huge selection of dancer’s accessories in the Dancer’s Boutique – like cosmetic bags, bun builders, bobby pins and earrings – that make great small gifts or stocking stuffers.

6. Smile…You’re At Dance Long Sleeve Tees

The smiley face trend has hit JLDC! Help your dancer show off their JLDC pride in our new spiritwear long sleeve t-shirts from our Dancers’ Boutique. With a variety of fits, colors, and styles, we think they are perfect for popping over your leo on the way to dance! 

7. Logo Cross Body Bag

Need a place to stash your bobby pins or competition earrings before a performance.  Our trendy cross body bag is just the thing! Dancers can fit all their necessities right into this stylish over the shoulder bag while showing off their JLDC pride AND staying organized backstage! Just add lipstick and you are stage ready!

8. Tie-Dye Beanie 

This super cute limited-edition JLDC beanie is great for playing in the snow, hitting the slopes, or running into dance class! This, and all our Dancer’s Boutique items can be ordered online for curbside pick-up so your dancer can be surprised when they open their gifts. If you love the tie-dye trend you must check out this new sweatshirt too!

9. Dancing with the Stars. . . at Un.Convention 

Enjoy this popular master class workshop in Summer OR NOW. . . WINTER! Un.Convention brings all the best aspects of a large dance convention right to JLDC with small classes, personal attention and intimate showcase performances. It is a great opportunity for your dancer to learn and grow from some of the best teachers and choreographers from NYC to LA! Open to dancers of ALL levels ages 5 and up. 

Winter Un.Convention: December 21st and 22nd, 2022  REGISTER

Summer Un.Convntion: August 20th – 24th, 2023  REGISTER

10. Give the Gift of Dance – Ongoing Enrollment 

And last but not least, the best of all…the gift of dance! There is no better gift than what dance has to offer. JLDC’s award winning dance classes in creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrodance and more are offered 7 days a week. With ongoing enrollment, children can start their dance journey at any time! Thinking about adding a class? Have a friend who wants to join the fun? The JLDC community is ready to welcome you with open arms and pointed toes! It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year round! View all class offerings by age here!

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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.