Joanne Langione, Director
Joanne Recognized by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
On Saturday, June 2nd Joanne Langione was presented with a Commendation from the City of Newton. Linda R. Plaut, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs along with Kathy Hassinger and JLDC Alum and former professional dancer Shawn Mahoney presented the award.
“Commendation to Joanne Langione for her 42 years of teaching dance in the City of Newton. In recognition of the creativity and dedication Joanne Langione has brought to the teaching of dance in Newton and beyond. She has given the gift of dance to people of all ages – from 6 months old babies to adults, at her West Newton studio. Joanne has inspired students to be their best, teaching them to become more self-confident, creative and physically fit. She has been a role model to so many with her business professionalism, leadership and community service.
On behalf of the residents of the City of Newton, it is only fitting and proper that I, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, recognize Joanne Langione for her extraordinary years of dance education and applaud her continuing efforts to improve the lives of her students.”
Dance Educator and Choreographer
A graduate of Regis College with a degree in French Literature and Linguistics, Joanne concentrated her studies in dance, choreography, and theatre in New York City.
Continuing her dance training in New York after college, Joanne trained with legendary dance teachers David Howard, Finis Jung, Lynn Simonson and Luigi.
While studying at University-Paris- Sorbonne as a Rotary International Fellow, Joanne’s dance credits include performance with Peter Goss Compagnie de Danse and The Matt Mattox JazzArt Company. Falling in love with choreography while a student in Paris, Joanne enjoyed creating pieces that combined modern dance, la poesie francaise and drawing. Returning to Boston, Joanne danced with American Dance Repertory Theatre, and The Becky Arnold Dance Co, at Tufts University.
Joanne has collaborated with many professional theatre troupes choreographing productions for the Newton Country Players Theatre Company, The Arlington Players, Boston Lyric Opera and creating pieces of choreography for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Dance.
In 1976, Joanne opened The Dance Center establishing the school as the first “Family Center” for dance in Newton. At the Dance Center, Joanne combined her dance and choreography background to design a program that offers solid training, artistry, performing opportunities, and fun. She taught Ballet and Jazz at several levels and holds the Teacher’s Advanced Professional Certificate from The Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston affiliated with the American Society. Joanne is a recipient of the Elsa H. Kemp Memorial Award in teaching.
The Joanne Langione Dance Center has been her “home” for the past 40 years.
Joanne’s toddler dance program “Playdance” was featured on the PBS special: Dr Penelope Leach’s “Your Baby and Child”.
Joanne proudly featured her very first complement of 7-9 year old dancers in a full theatrical collaboration with Bob Mc Grath’s Sesame Street Tour in 1988.