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,