He obtained the Master of Arts, specialization in Dance and Integrated Multimedia at the California Institute of the Arts (ColArts). At the North Carolina School of Arts, she receives her Bachelor of Fine Arts, specialty, Dance. Artistic Director of the Hartel Dance Group, brings his extensive experience to this new endeavor. For 10 years he held the position of Artistic Director of Dalton-Hartel Dance, which tours nationally and internationally, throughout Europe, South America and Korea, participating in prestigious festivals such as the Vignale Dance Festival, the Florence Dance, the Festival of the Versiliana and Festival in Italy, the 5th Festival of Dance to Make, Mercosur, Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, the VI International Dance Seminar in Brasilia, Brazil, receiving critical acclaim. He dances for 5 years as a soloist and co-choreographer for Pilobolus Dance Theater, performing around the world and on television. Also in the following companies: The Frank Holder Dance Company, Dendy Danza y Teatro and the Philadelphia Opera Company, José Limón Dance Company, Dances we Dance, The Charlotte Opera, Valley Forge Dance Theater, among others.
His choreographies have been presented in New York City, at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the Mulberry Street Theater, the Hudson Guild Theater, the Dance Theater Workshop, the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center and the Church of San Marcos among other places. Choreography for: the Teatro Nuovo Company of Turin, Italy, the National Ballet of Surinam and the National Ballet of Paraguay, "En el Octavo Día." In 1995, he was co-choreographer of the Opera, "The Magic Flute", directed by John Eliot Gardiner, which toured Europe for four months. He was selected by the Department of State of the United States of North America, to function as a Culture Specialist in 1990, and since then he has traveled through Central and South America on behalf of American Art and Culture for the teaching of Dance and conducting conferences.
She currently coordinates the Modern Dance Program at the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma College. Benefited by the Fulbright Scholarship, invited by the National Ballet of Paraguay and the Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes, he is developing an important teaching and choreographic work from July to December 2009 in Asunción- Paraguay
Associate Professor of Dance (Modern Dance)
Austin Hartel has led a distinguished career as a dancer and choreographer.
Hartel was co-choreographer and a soloist for five years with Pilobolus Dance Theater, making appearances worldwide and on television, twice on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 1989, I have left Pilobolus to found, with Lisa Dalton, Dalton-Hartel Dance, which has since toured throughout the continental United States, as well as Hawaii, Europe, Korea, and South and Central America.
Hartel has danced with, among others, the José Limón Dance Company, Dances We Dance, the Frank Holder Dance Company, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Tandy Beal.
In the spring and summer of 1995, Hartel was an assistant choreographer for the Mozart opera The Magic Flute, directed by John Eliot Gardiner, which toured Europe for four months.
Hartel's choreographic commissions include works for Company Teatro Nuovo of Turin, Italy, Akasha Dance Company in Chicago, the National Ballet of Surinam, the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City, and the New Arts Festival in Fort Myers, Florida.
In 1990 Hartel choreographed the Lucien Rochat commercial “Figure Meccaniche,” which won the prestigious Italian Key Award for best commercial of the year.
Hartel has taught throughout Italy, the continental United States and the Hawaiian Islands. From 1990 to 1993, Hartel worked as a cultural specialist for the United States Information Agency. Under this program, he shared his beliefs on dance with people of other cultures by teaching, choreographing and performing and by giving television and print interviews throughout South and Central America.
Hartel received his bachelor of fine arts degree in dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a master's degree in dance and integrated media from California Institute of the Arts. He also studied classical ballet at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and the Washington School of Ballet. He trained with such influential teachers as Duncan Noble, Richard Gain, Doug Nielson, Ernestine Stodell and Betty Jones.
Hartel joined the faculty of the OU School of Dance in 2001.