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As they’re portrayed in popular culture, ballets seem like evening-long affairs of tutus and movement-based interpretations of vaguely European fairytales. In reality, the majority of large ballet companies perform more short, experimental pieces than they do elaborate stories of swans and pumpkins, but the American Ballet Theatre offers a bit of both during its stay at the Kennedy Center. From March 26 to 30, its dancers will take on Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, set to soaring music by Sergei Prokofiev. Before that, for its first two performances in D.C., the company will highlight three of its longtime favorites: George Balanchine’s “Themes and Variations,” Antony Tudor’s “Pillar of Fire,” and Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo.” The latter piece, set to music by Aaron Copland, takes place in the American Southwest and features a lead performance by soloist and copmany star Misty Copeland. She’ll be back in D.C. to perform Swan Lake with the Washington Ballet in April, but for now, enjoy her turn as a joyful cowgirl. The company performs March 24 to March 30 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$119. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.