Dear JLDC Family,
On September 10th, 1976, Joanne Langione Dance Center opened its doors at the Rebecca Pomeroy House in Newton. That spring, a small troupe of bright-eyed, toe-pointing young girls tottered onto a nearly colorless stage at Aquinas Jr. College for our very first dance recital. My life since then has been little less than a dream come true. Fortunate to have encountered such a receptive community all those years ago, it is now and has been for 39 years your generous and unflagging support in good times and in bad that has given me a place I call home—that has given me JLDC.
Looking out from the stage at Regis this weekend, I was humbled not only by the sight of the nine different audiences that helped us celebrate this landmark year, but by the memory of the kind and countless audiences that have sustained us across the years, through the many incarnations of this happy school. I am particularly grateful to those pioneering students, teachers, and parents who labored through the “early years” to establish an enduring tradition of excellence. Your legacy endures in every pirouette, in every dancer’s first tutu, in every tear on the face of a departing senior. All that we achieve today at JLDC is indebted to your example and dedicated to your memory.
With love and gratitude,
Who We Are…..
We adhere to our mission of creating a “community based school” educating our students to the many ways in which a proper dance education can inform their lives: creating life-long lovers of dance whether a student chooses to dance professionally or whether she dances for the simply joy of it.
Our students become leaders in the world of dance: professionally, intellectually, and spiritually as performers, directors, choreographers and educators.
Every aspect of our program supports our core values of good training, work and fun. Our instructors constantly challenge students to hone their natural talents and encourage them to compete against their own sense of excellence.
Founded in 1976, Joanne Langione Dance Center is, by conviction a “school that creates the well-rounded, diverse dancer” with a curriculum tailored to develop in our students proficiency and versatility. Building on a classical foundation, our students train in modern and contemporary peaking their intellectual curiosity, self-motivation, and capacity for hard work. We encourage them to find their uniqueness and what dance means to them.
Much time is spent training but we believe that creating, composing and performing are important tools for our students to develop and discover talent.
Ours is a gathered community, in which students with different interests, talents, and perspectives come to express themselves.
Joanne Langione Dance Center
The Dance Center: A Dance School in the Newton Community
Ages: 9 mos- 18 years. (toddlers- high school grads)
Year Founded: Sept, 1976
Director: Joanne Langione
Location: 35 Border Street, Newton, Ma
Programs: School Year and Summer Programs
Faculty: 13 ( many of whom have been with JLDC 10 years)
Mission: To preserve and foster a future generation of well trained dancers in the Newton Community. To serve as a community school, to create a common interest in dance as an art form where students can interact, learn about themselves through dance and grow, to create family-friendly productions, allowing children and teens, community members and family access to professional quality productions presenting dedicated JLDC dancers of all ages.
Building: The JLDC facility located on the first floor at 35 Border Street, includes three fully-equipped, air-conditioned studios, dressing rooms, student and parent lounge areas, a dancer’s boutique and administrative offices. The entrance to the school is located off the parking lot in the rear of the building. Free parking is available behind the school, on Border Street and there is also metered parking on Elm street.
Instruction: Classical Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Pre-School
Awards: Ballet Exams administered by American Academy of Ballet. School For Excellence adjudicated performances.
Teams: The JLDC Dance Team, The Senior Jazz Team, The Jazz Club, Teen Dance Collective
Concerts: Winter “Student Choreography” Concert, The Young Stars Repertory Concert, The School For Excellence Awards Performance, Year-End Recitals
Community Service: Performances at Harvest Fest, Mayor’s Open House, Retirement Communities, NSHS Spring Tertulia