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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 West Orange and Lake county communities in Florida for the past 28 years. Dr. Austin has over 36 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. In October of 2005, she was awarded the Outstanding Dance Educator Award for the Private Sector by the National Dance Education Organization. Austin is an active member of several state and national dance organizations, is currently on 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. Dr. Austin is a freelance choreographer having worked for Nickelodeon, Universal Studios - Florida, the Orlando Magic, the Florida Motion Picture Association and various musical theatre productions and is the full time ballet instructor at the Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, Florida. Austin is active in her home community and is an involved member of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. 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

Society of Dance History Scholars

National Registry of Dance Educators

International Assoc of Dance Medicine & Science



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