Dance Program

MND Cougars Dance Teams proudly represent Mount Notre Dame!

The purpose of the MND Dance Program is to help our students develop skills, character, teamwork, and friendship by creating teams that entertain audiences as well as achieve the competitive goals set for each team and each individual dancer. We will honor the great legacy of the MND Program and those who have paved the way for us by always dancing with passion and working hard to reach our fullest potential.

The Dance Program is comprised of two teams: Varsity (grades 9-12) and Junior Varsity (grades 9-12).

All teams compete locally and regionally. The Varsity Team qualifies for and competes in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship (NDTC) held each February in Orlando, Florida. The NDTC is the only national-level dance team championship that is endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national service and administrative organization for high school athletics and fine arts programs in speech, debate, theater, and music. Each year, there are an estimated 10,000 spectators in attendance. The competition will be broadcast on ESPN2 and will reach more than 90 million homes this year. It is an honor to compete at this level each year!

The Cougar Dance Program is blessed to have a coaching staff of highly trained, award-winning choreographers and coaches. It is their skill and expertise that drives MND’s dancers to excel! The MND Varsity Dance Team is a highly competitive dance team comprised of 9th -12th graders attending Mount Notre Dame. These talented young dancers work year-round to develop their dance skills and prepare for a season of tough competition. In addition to competing, the Varsity Team also enjoys participating in service activities to help their community and the opportunity to perform at various events, including: church festivals, college basketball games (UC and Xavier) and MND half-time performances.

The Varsity Dance Team is nationally-recognized for their pom and jazz routines, qualifying and competing each year at the UDA National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida. MND’s Dance Team has been awarded many top ten finishes at the National Dance Team Championships and placed 14th this past winter in the competition.


The JV Team is in its second year as a competitive dance team. This team is open to girls in the 9th-12th grades at MND. The JV Team was created to give dancers the opportunity to work on their skills before participation on the Varsity Dance Team. The JV Team also gives upper-class women the change to be involved in the dance program, but with a less intense commitment.

The JV Team attends several local and regional competitions as well as performs at community events. We look forward to a great first season with the JV Dance Team and it’s future successes.

MND Dance Team Coaching Staff

Lauren Crook
Program Director / Varsity Head Coach

Morgan Quatman
Varsity Assistant Coach

Leah Basil
JV Head Coach

Kennedi Jefferson
JV Assistant Coach