Mr. Augustyn trained at the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada and was invited to join the National Ballet Company of Canada in 1970 where he became Canada’s most renowned male ballet dancer of the 20th century. In 1973, he and Karen Kain won a special award for the best pas de deux at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow.
Throughout his illustrious career Mr. Augustyn danced all the major classical roles as well as a number of significant contemporary roles and has danced on nearly every major stage around the globe.
He has worked with the most highly celebrated choreographers including Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Maurice Béjart and Glen Tetley and has partnered renowned ballerinas including; Carla Fracci, Karen Kain, Marianna Tcherkassky, Evelyn Hart, Gelsey Kirkland, Galina Panova, Eva Evdokimova, Cynthia Gregory, Marie Christine Mouis, Veronica Tennant and others including the famed Rudolph Nureyev in Songs of a Wayfarer.
Augustyn has guest performed with Boston Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Beijing Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Talin Ballet.
Mr. Augustyn has been decorated with three honorary degrees and in 1979 was bestowed the most distinguished title of Canada, Officer, Order of Canada (O.C.). He co-produced and hosted the television series, "Footnotes, The Classics of Ballet", first aired on Bravo Television and authored the accompanying book, "Footnotes, The World's Best Loved Ballets".
Mr. Augustyn has guest taught Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Alberta Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Beijing Ballet and others.
He is trained in the Cecchetti method and is an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering.
Frank Augustyn is an Associate Professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY where he served as Chair for 19 years.