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Never let it be said that the Washington Ballet conforms to traditional notions of what dance should be. The troupe’s latest program, “ICONS!,” showcases cutting-edge works from a host of nonconforming—and well-respected—choreographers. Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies focuses on a village where all of the children have died, Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling features tutus and kilts fashioned by designer Isaac Mizrahi, and Paul Taylor’s Esplanade abandons dance steps in favor of skipping, running, and other everyday movements. The three pieces offer an innovative alternative to ballet’s usual swans and fairies. Whatever: The show might force you to reconsider the way you think about dance, but my longstanding favorites—Michael Jackson, Crazy Legs, and the D.C. Bad Boys—are secure on their pedestals. Watch, but don’t tip, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. $40-$55. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)