February 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Dancer Recruited by Ohio State University

Demarest, NJ: February has been an exciting month for Academy of the Holy Angels senior Natalie Quinn. Just a week after Quinn and her teammates from the AHA Varsity Dance Team captured their fourth national title in small varsity hip hop, the Dumont teen was recruited for The Ohio State University Dance Team.

AHA Varsity Dance Coach Jenny Sweet reported that OSU only recruits dancers, and does not hold auditions.

“This is a huge accomplishment, and we are so proud of her!” Sweet said, adding that OSU is currently the best college dance team in the country. The team is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Division 1-A, and part of the Big 10 Conference.

“My first thought when I heard that I had been invited to join The Ohio State Dance Team was pure happiness,” Quinn said. “Over the past two years, joining this team was a major dream and goal of mine, so when I first found out that I was given this incredible opportunity, I was overwhelmed with gratefulness and excitement.”

Quinn started dancing at age two, and hasn’t stopped since. 

“I definitely discovered a newfound love for dance, specifically dance teams, in my high school years,” she added. “My inspirations to keep on improving and growing as a dancer have been some of the top college dance teams in the country, especially The Ohio State Dance Team.”

In addition to earning four national titles with the AHA Dance Team, Quinn has received the Lindsay Bennett Memorial Scholarship. She explained that this scholarship was launched by the friends and family of Lindsay Bennett, a 19-year-old University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebel Girl Dancer, who lost her life in an accident that involved a drunk driver.

In recent weeks, Quinn was also named to the Academy of the Holy Angels’ Principal’s List for maintaining a grade point average of 95 or higher.

Asked how she manages to excel in so many arenas, she responded, “I definitely have had my fair share of sleepless nights over the past four years, however, I have managed to balance all of my dance, academics, and personal life by sticking to a consistent schedule throughout the week.”

Daily to-do lists help her ensure she completes all of her responsibilities.

Quinn has planned an exciting and busy future for herself. While she is dancing for OSU, she will also be on the pre-med track.

“I hope to one day become a physician,” she added.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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