Music thumps, sweat slings and Shepherd Allen slices his arms through the air like a tipsy airplane, fires off an exaggerated salute, then swoops low in a back street version of a classic ballet plie.
Twenty minutes into Allen’s hip-hop dance class at Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School, a hazy curtain of exertion drops over the room. Outside, someone pauses at the window, peering in on the 20 or so students strutting away.
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Shepherd Allen teaches hip-hop classes at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School, 501 W. Third Street. Cost is $17 per class ($15 for students or seniors), with discounts for multiple classes.