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Edwin G. "Ed" Austin, Jr., Associate Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, served as Artistic Director of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble (1985-2011).  He directs, choreographs, adjudicates, and is a Master Teacher of international dance forms. His creative works have been featured on television, and in concert and festival performances in more than 35 countries.

Ed now accepts requests for teaching recreational folk dance groups.  His recreational dance focus is international in scope. Appalachian clogging and Welsh folk dance have been areas of concentrated interest and research, and he is well-versed in western, central and eastern European dance styles.

He is presently serving as Immediate Past President of the National Folk Organization of the United States (NFO). Having lived in the Polynesian Islands of Samoa (1973-74) where he was first introduced to Siva Samoa (Samoan Dance) his love for this culture has led him to his current research of the Taualuga, an ancient dance ritual still practiced in the islands and among diaspora communities in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.  Ed is a past board member of Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d’Arts Traditionnels (CIOFF), American Sector.


BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble and Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble, Budapest, 2010
Pictured top center:  Ed Austin and Mihalyi Gabor, Artistic Directors




















Recognitions & Accomplishments

USA, Kentucky Dance Institute, Instructor, 2012 - 2016; Program Director, 2016
Wales, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Adjudicator, 2007-2014, 2016-present
USA, National Folk Dance Organization of the United States, President 2013-2015 
BYU, Cougar Clogging Classic, Director, 1985-2014
BYU, International Folk Dance Ensemble, Artistic Director, 1985-2011
USA,  Clogging Hall of Fame, 2010
Hungary, Ambassador's Award for Cultural Diplomacy, 2008
France, Festival de Confolens, 50th Anniversary,  2007
BYU, University Faculty Advisory Council, Executive Committee, 2005-2007
Canada, Drummondville Festival Mondial des Cultures, 25th Anniversary, 2006
BYU, Research and Creativity Award, College of Health and Human Performance, 2002
USA, Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies, 2002
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Light of the World, Choreographer,  2002
PRC, Guangzhou Academy of Dance, 40th Anniversary Concert, Choreographer, 1999
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah Pioneer Sesquicentennial      Celebration, Celebration of Nations, Artistic Director, 1997
Korea, Seoul, Summer Olympic Games, Opening Ceremonies, 1988