The Phillips Collection's new exhibition Degas's Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint traces impressionist master Edgar Degas's devotion to ballet as represented in his art from the 1870s to 1900. The exhibition features works from some of the world's finest collections. And it will also be the focus of the museum's "Phillips After 5" October cocktail event, presented in conjunction with the Washington Ballet. The ballet's Septime Webre will offer his perspective on the Phillips's exhibition in a discussion, while company members will offer a ballet-basics class and trainees of the Washington School of Ballet will offer a demonstration during the event. The exhibit remains on display through Jan. 8, 2012. "Phillips After 5" with the Washington Ballet is Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Tickets to the exhibition are $12. Call 202-387-2151 or visit phillipscollection.org.