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Blame hormones. Preteen and teenage boys and girls often find themselves in trouble because they don’t know what to do with the dynamic forces coursing through their veins. Carla Perlo (pictured), founder and director of Dance Place and the modern-dance troupe Carla & Company, is known for using movement to help kids. She created an after-school group called the Energizers, which gives adolescents a positive way to keep busy. In the group’s infancy, members helped with neighborhood cleanups and served as ushers at Dance Place events. Now, they attend life-skills workshops, study dancing and drumming, learn computer skills, and perform administrative tasks. That’s not all: They step. A year ago, the Energizers participated in a 10-week stepping workshop; soon after, they formed the Dance Place Energizers Step Team. Under the direction of Carla & Company member Hermione Rhones, the group choreographs and performs original routines based on the intricate step dances made famous by historically African-American sororities and fraternities. See them in action when the Energizers take part in a night of dance also featuring Carla & Company and the studio’s junior corps, the Dance Place Moving Company. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 269-1600. (Maori Karmael Holmes)