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Educator, Writer, Advocate for Dance and the Arts

Osceola County School for the Arts, Dance Faculty

Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts, Director


Is a nationally-recognized dance educator who has used her businesses and talents to serve the Central Florida community in Florida for the past 31 years. Dr. Austin has over 40 years of teaching experience in the private sector, University, public school system and community education as well as frequent guest teaching, lecture demonstration, artist-in-residencies and conference presentations to her credit. She is a recipient of the NDEO Outstanding Dance Educator Award for the Private Sector and a former Teacher of the Year in Osceola County. Austin is an active member of several state and national dance organizations, is currently on the NDEO Board and the Board of Directors of Dance and the Child International-USA. Dr. Austin is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at conferences throughout the United States in addition to her teaching and writing and was actively involved in speaking and mentoring through webinar and ZOOM formats in the immediate response to COVID. Dr. Austin is a freelance choreographer having worked for professional and community theatres, Nickelodeon, Universal Studios - Florida, the Orlando Magic, the Florida Motion Picture Association and various musical theatre productions. Austin is a full time ballet instructor at the Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, Florida. She is active in her home community and serves as Lay Leader of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden where she has also taught Sunday School for the past . Austin is the mother of three children and a devoted mentor to many more.  


PhD in Comparative Studies, Fine & Performing Arts

B.F.A. Dance Performance (FSU)

M.A. in Dance & Theatre (UH-Manoa)

Florida Dance Association

National Dance Education Organization

Dance & the Child International

British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Fellow and Life Member

National Registry of Dance Educators

International Association of Dance Medicine & Science



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