JANET SHIBATA, a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet, came to the company from the American Ballet Theater two years ago, and has since gotten a toehold on the Washington dance scene. The company finished its northeastern tour in Vermont Saturday and opens its winter season tonight at Lisner Auditorium with five performances, including the world premiere of resident choregrapher Choo San Goh's "Scenic Invitations," in which Shibata is a featured soloist. Shibata picks her five favorite ballets:

1. In the Glow of the Night, choreographed by Choo San Goh: "The pas de deux is very special to me, and the music, by Bohuslav Martinu degrees, makes an emotional connection."

2. Fives, also by Choo San Goh: "A favorite because of the music [Ernest Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1 for String Orchestra], the spirit, the attack, the energy everyone produces. It's pure fun."

3. Giselle, a classical ballet: "I love the romantic period and the story: a poor young village girl who falls in love with a member of royalty and dies of a broken heart."

4. Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan: "I think everyone understands why that would be a favorite. The score by Prokofiev is also very beautiful."

5. Voluntaries, choreographed by Glen Tetley: "Dancing to a live organ concerto [by Francis Poulenc] was inspirational, and the choreography is ethereal. You try to create the illusion of being weightless, of not touching the ground."