Quinlan Sharkey Was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised on the family farm outside the city. As a young girl she would dance everywhere she went so the choice to enroll her in ballet lessons was obvious. At age 4 she started taking classes at the local community center dance studio where she took ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and tap. Through the encouragement of her teachers Quinlan started to pursue ballet professionally and auditioning for schools throughout Canada and the United States. She spent a year training at The School of Alberta Ballet before moving to New York City to become a trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School and graduated in 2022.