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Dancing Arts Center Welcomes International Dancer

by Karyn Edison


The Dancing Arts Center is proud to welcome International Irish Step Dancer Attracta Quinn to its summer and fall programs.

Quinn has traveled around the world for competition and performances, including North America, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, and Russia.

Quinn first on right

In 1999, she joined the cast of Lord of the Dance, and went on to perform with Lord of the Dance in Epcot Disney World, The New York New York Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, and in The Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. After more than two years of performing, Quinn taught dance at the O’Shea/Chaplin Academy of Dance in Brighton, Massachusetts, while attending Boston College to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. During this period, she also became a registered certified Irish Dance teacher with the prestigious Irish Dancing Commission, An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, in Dublin, Ireland. 

After graduating college Quinn worked in Los Angeles, California and Derry, Northern Ireland, and came home to Boston to open The Quinn Academy of Dance in November, 2008. 

“It is a thrill to have Attracta join the Dancing Arts Center as an Irish Dance instructor. Her rich experience, talent and enthusiasm will thrill our summer dancers and provide them with the type of well-rounded program we strive for year-round,” says Dancing Arts Center Director Karyn Edison.

As a child of two Irish immigrants Quinn began dancing at age seven with the O’Shea/Chaplin Academy of Dance in Brighton.  She went on to win many local, regional and national competitions and qualified every year for The World Championships. She has won eleven consecutive New England Regional titles and placed top ten annually at the North American Championships for solos along with many New England Regional and North American titles for team dancing.  At age ten, Quinn was the youngest of a group invited by the Soviet Union to perform in 1990. She toured Russia for two weeks performing for sold out shows.

About the Dancing Arts Center:
The Dancing Arts Center, located in Holliston, Massachusetts, provides instruction in
classical ballet, modern dance, improvisation, character, jazz, Pointe, and choreography, and offers a variety of other performance-related classes through the year.  DAC’s teaching foundation is based on the philosophy that good dance training awakens the senses and stimulates emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. It believes in nurturing each student’s desires, and enhancing their love of dance, through creative expression, exploration, and discovery. Its small class size fosters careful, and progressive development of each student’s artistry. For more information about the Dancing Arts Center (dance school), Dancing Arts Academy (academic and dance day school) or the Dancing Arts Ensemble (not-for-profit performing company), contact the director, Karyn Edison at 508-429-7577 or visit the website