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Don’t be misled by the company’s staid name—Le Ballet National du Senegal does not perform classical, western-identified dance in pink pointe shoes. Established in 1960, the year Senegal became independent, this 30-member entity specializes in acrobatic, traditional West-African movements accompanied by propulsive drumming and rhythmic kora (a harp-like instrument) and balafon (a xylophone with wooden keys) playing. The company’s program for the evening is titled Pangols, which is a Wolof word meaning the spiritual nature of all living things. The evening’s 10 choreographed works are intended to display the spiritual relationship between man and his environment, says artistic director Bouly Sonko. Described as a fine-tuned version of his company’s 1995 U.S. tour offering, this year’s format includes homages to farmers and a chief who resisted the French colonialists, as well as revels showcasing the role of the drums in wooing the opposite sex. But even if you can’t always comprehend how the main theme is being conveyed, it’s difficult not to be wowed by the abilities of the dancers to isolate, control, and steadily move their stomachs, hips, and bottoms while frenetically shaking their arms. Composed of athletic performers from numerous largely rural tribes, outfitted in brightly colored, baggy garb, and a variety of unique headdresses, the group dispense gymnastic gyrations that should make hiphop breakers envious. Sonko will lead a discussion at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $12-37. (703) 993-8888. (Steve Kiviat)