Retiring from the New York City Ballet symbolically marks the end of a dancer’s career, and while most performers probably relish resting their joints and keeping their feet planted on the ground, many former NYCB performers remain professionally linked to the dance world. Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, performing this weekend at American Dance Institute, are two such artists. Whelan retired in October 2014 after a 30-year career with the company but continues to debut new works around the world. Soto left the company in 2005, after 24 years, and teaches full time at the School of American Ballet. At ADT, the former partners collaborate once again, this time on choreographer David Neumann’s Hagoromo, a work-in-progress adapted from a Japanese Noh drama about a poor fisherman and a fallen angel who connect on a stormy night. Described as a “movement-theater artist,” Neumann creates more experimental works than the classical ballets Whelan and Soto performed in New York, but Hagoromo will still showcase their immense skills in an environment blessedly more intimate than Lincoln Center. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville, Md. $20–$30. (855) 263-2623. americandance.org.