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Mark Dendy is hot right now, for good reason: He’s led his own dance company for 15 years, but rather than become codified and stylized, his work remains innovative and freewheeling. His latest piece, Rituals, features dancers from George Washington University and the University of Maryland in a site-specific dance commissioned by the Kennedy Center. The performance begins in the lobby and works its way through the space until the performers and audience arrive in the theater. Dendy will also present What Becomes a Legend Most, a version of his Vaslav Nijinsky-inspired Dream Analysis that received raves in New York last January. Dendy’s work is often an inversion of what’s expected—a flip-flop not only of dance conventions, but of what fans might expect of him as a choreographer—whether that means choreographing a classical ballet or including a psychiatrist in his creative process. Should you attend this weekend’s program, you can safely expect Oscar Wildean wit and engaging choreography. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $23. (202) 467-4600. (Holly Bass)