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Place your weight on the ball of your foot. Move your legs quickly, precisely. Round your hands with well-separated fingers. Keep a flowing, informal port-de-bras. George Balanchine—one of the most influential 20th-century classical ballet choreographers—will always be admired for the tailored movements he created for a dancer’s body. He quickly made an indelible impression on the American dance scene after he left his native Russia in 1933. In performances of pieces ranging from his first U.S. work, Serenade, to such popular favorites as The Nutcracker and Don Quixote, Balanchine’s legacy is vigorously maintained by the many dance companies he inspired. “First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty, if you’re very lucky,” Mr. B once said. The Pennsylvania Ballet and San Francisco Ballet pay tribute to the ballet master at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. $26-$73. (202) 467-4600. (Ayesha Morris)