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Creative partners Emily Crews and Isabelle DiGiovanni (pictured) understand that being made fun of is a performer’s occupational hazard. But by incorporating physical comedy into “Faux Pas de Deux,” they beat us to the punch—giving audiences permission to openly point and laugh, instead of forcing them to keep hold in their chuckles until the ride home. The two friends, along with several guest dancers, turn modern dance on its ear with weird pieces about mother-daughter relationships and falling out of love, all set to bluegrass and cheesy tunes such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Sight gags using skateboards and toilet paper make the show enjoyable for the whole fam: Kids who sit still through traditional dance performances only under the threat of a public ass-whoopin’ will need little incentive to behave themselves for the entire show. It may still be more wickedly fun to play spot-the-bulimic or snicker at the tube-sock-enhanced bulge of a male dancer in a bodysuit, but at least releasing that chortle here won’t get you bounced out of your box seat. “Faux Pas de Deux” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $16. (202) 269-1600. (Sarah Godfrey)