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Shake your tail feather with Ballet Austin’s free day of dance

Staff Writer
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Amy Gentry, right, author of the debut novel “Good As Gone,” is the guest on this week’s “Statesman Shots” with co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga, left, and Tolly Moseley.

Want to learn those “Polyswagg” dance moves the women of the ReQuest Dance Crew pull off in Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video? You can at Ballet Austin’s free “Come Dance” day of dance classes.

Once a year, Ballet Austin offers everyone a chance to try out the many different kinds of dance classes offered at its downtown Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. Third St.

On Sunday from 1 to 5:45 p.m., every hour on the hour will see a whole slate of options from Hip Hop, Intro to Flamenco, Brazilian Samba, Bollywood and, of course, ballet. Kid-friendly dance classes for children ages 5–10 will be included.

Advanced signup is not required, but it’s encouraged.

Check out the entire lineup at balletaustin.org/dance-fitness/come-dance

— Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

See the Umlauf for free

Thanks to its fundraising efforts during the citywide Amplify Austin campaign, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is offering free admission — but just through the end of August.

Located next to Zilker Park at 605 Robert E. Lee Road, the museum’s 6-acre grounds and exhibit pavilion have dozens of sculptures made by Charles Umlauf, the late modernist artist and University of Texas art professor

For a special exhibit, Umlauf museum curators have re-created the artist’s studio in the museum gallery.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Find out more at umlaufsculpture.org.

— Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Ms. Lauryn Hill returning to Austin

Earlier this month, Ms. Lauryn Hill’s “Austin City Limits” episode aired to widespread critical praise. Now the Golden Era hip-hop queen has announced plans to return to the venue this fall with her new tour “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling.”

The show is scheduled for Nov. 27 at ACL Live. Tickets will set you back $52-$152 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.; check out acl-live.com for more information.

Earlier this year, Hill hosted the Diaspora Calling! Festival in Brooklyn. The event featured a variety of artists representing different parts of the African diaspora and included performances from Machel Montano of Trinidad, Stephen “Ragga” Marley of Jamaica and Stonebwoy of Ghana.

— Deborah Sengupta Stith

For the touring shows, Hill promises each show will include special guest performances.

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