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Alvin Ailey dancers may well be the most exciting, versatile, and virtuosic dance performers on the American stage. The Washington Ballet has decided to close its season with contributions from two Ailey veterans, in a program that features choreography by Dwight Rhoden and a guest performance by Desmond Richardson (pictured). Rhoden’s world-premiere Pomp, a playful exploration of the rococo, is filled with dramatic flourishes, stunning leaps, and rapid-fire petit pas. The dancers’ hands and arms become plumage as they pose and posture, almost voguing. Huge metal arabesques hang from the ceiling, like open quarter notes suspended sideways, and the dancers swing from them like children at play. Richardson, a truly gorgeous dancer, makes a perfect lead, mixing attitude, athleticism, and grace. Antonio Carlos Scott, another former Ailey dancer, composed the clever faux-Baroque electronic score, which adds samples of Handel and Rameau to drum ‘n’ bass loops. Also on the bill is Jiri Kylian’s Nuages, a duet named for the haunting Debussy melody to which it’s set and marked by ethereal, gravity-defying lifts. Finishing up the program is Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, which deconstructs fashion as a symbol of physical constraint. The dancers strip away their ’50s party clothes to reveal their unrepressed selves with the encouragement of a live percussion orchestra. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $30. (202) 467-4600. (Holly Bass) NOTE: THESE ARE UNCORRECTED. PLEASE SEE GREENS AND LASERS FOR CORRECTIONS.