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Whether you’re a Balanchine aficionado or a dance noob looking for an introduction to American ballet that won’t leave you squirming before intermission, this weekend’s performance by the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center will reward. The company is premiering two new additions to its repertoire—“Walpurgisnacht Ballet” and “Emeralds”—both by Balanchine; the latter is a classic from the choreographer’s seminal Jewels ballet. “Emeralds” should breeze by: It’s abstract (which means don’t try to pick out a plot because there isn’t one) but only about a half-hour long. Its calling card is the stunning green costumes—women will float across the stage in calf-length tulle skirts. Expect Farrell’s treatment of the dance to hew closely to its original staging—she not only danced with Balanchine and was among the original cast of Jewels, but she was among his most important choreographic “muses.” Also on the stage tonight are two classic pas de deux: one from Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (choreographed to Mendelssohn’s music) and the scène d’amour from Romeo and Juliet, another classic mid-century ballet by Maurice Béjart. For this kind of performance, consider breaking out your black-tie attire. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$119. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.