Women’s Works will celebrate its fifth year and honor Belfast Dance Studio’s 25th year with an exciting new show of solos, duets and group works exploring the female perspective.

This year’s show, “A Look Inside,” will be presented Friday Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 7 at 2 and 7 pm. at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St. Tickets are $12 for evening shows, $10 for the matinee, and $15 for families. Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.

“A Look Inside” turns our stories inside out and offers a window into what is usually unseen, unheard or unspoken. Provocative, humorous, edgy and fierce, the show acknowledges the joys and challenges of womanhood in the 21st century, without setting for a narrow prescription of what “woman” means.

The program includes “Essence and Form: Seeking Mary in the House of Pyhtias” by Katenia Keller, works with one of her recent paintings where the circle and the square form a relationship that expands and contracts proportionally into infinity. In this dance, the square represents the form of structured work life with its limits and repetition and masculine side; and the circle represents essence, the feminine creative intuitive side.

“Untying the knot” by Shana Bloomstein plays with the concept/definition of marriage, exploring whether the definition of modern marriage is just an elusive enterprise or an act of true integrity and tradition. Movements will explore the seclusive nature of marriage with both quirky humor and subtle judgment while ultimately searching for a deeper understanding of self.

“Skating Between the Sacred and Profane: Naïveté in Binary Perception” by Heléna Melone explores the zig-zag path between seemingly oppositional qualities or spheres of the psyche as, not so much confusion but the natural pathway of exploration and growth.

Bloomstein and Jesse Phillips-Fein’s “me in the suit, you in the white” explores the blurring of the line between masculine and feminine, life and death, self and other. “Hauswerk” by Hanna DeHoff offers a 1950s fantasy — if Doris Day popped pills — and “girls just wanna have fun” by Lisa Newcomb has fun with the infamous Cyndi Lauper tune.

Bloomstein, originally from Freedom, began moving in pre-school with Newcomb and never stopped. As a teenager, she performed professionally with Arthur Hall and in Stella Dance Theatre. She continued her studies at Hampshire College, where she met Fulbright Fellow Nia Love. Bloomstein moved to New York City to join Love for four years as an original member of Blacksmith’s Daughter Dance Theatre.

DeHoff grew up in Camden and attended Camden-Rockport schools. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and of the University of Maine in Orono. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in German and traveled abroad for two years before relocating fro some years to New York City to pursue a career in dance and theater.

Keller has studied many forms of movement and dance. She founded Flying Feet Dance Theatre and created 13 full-length works, which she performed with the company. She is Dance Artist-in Residence for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and choreographer and dance director for the Maine Dance Institute.

Louisos grew up dancing socially with her family and at every other opportunity. She trained in the Boston area until enrolling at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst as a scholarship dance and culture major. There she studied a variety of styles from ballet to West African; later, she studied Indian dance in India with Ranjaana Devi and West African dance in Senegal and Gambia with Chuck Davis.

Melone, recently returned from dance studies in Egypt, has taught and performed throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom; studied flamenco and belly dance with Roma in Spain and Turkey; and was interviewed for her knowledge of flamenco for the novel “Flamenco Academy,” as well as for Oprah magazine. She is a juried arts educator with the Maine Arts Commission, as well as a dance instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Newcomb has been founder/director of the Belfast Dance Studio since 1985. Her passion for dance lies in all forms of African and Caribbean traditions. She was introduced to African dance locally in 1980 by Arthur Hall, who became her teacher for many years and a regular guest artist at her studio from 1985 through 2001. Her studies also have brought her to West Africa, Brazil and frequently to New York City.

Proudman trained with the Classical Ballet Academy of Connecticut and the Boston Ballet, later performing with them at the Music Hall and with the Lyric Opera Company of Chicago. In Maine, she was a soloist with the Portland Ballet and full-time member of Ram Island Dance Company (1984 through ’91). She taught ballet and modern dance with Portland Ballet, Ram Island Dance, People to People, Bossov Ballet and Belfast Dance Studio.

Phillips-Fein is a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, where she grew up dancing at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Her choreography has been produced at many New York venues and supported with grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Dance Theater Workshop, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. She currently studies Cuban dance with Richard Gonzalez, and Haitian dance with Peniel Guerrier and teaches at the high school level.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.