Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St., will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an all-afternoon celebration Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.

BDS founder Lisa Newcomb of Montville said dance is a shared experience that celebrates life, whether it is done in a class setting, socially or enjoying a performance.

“This upcoming 25 year celebration is a way to thank the community for keeping dance alive in our community,” she said.

The afternoon will feature free performances, classes and demos, as well as a raffle to support the studio’s Children’s Dance Scholarship Fund. The event will conclude with a street dance in front of the studio.

A free mini-sampler of classes will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., children five years old and younger and their parent are invited to experience Music Together, and everyone age six to adult can try the studio’s staple, African dance. At 1:30 p.m., the choice is yoga and swing/Lindy Hop for teens and adults. At 2 p.m., children age seven and older can try hip hop fusion while active older adults can check out Zumba Gold. At 2:30 p.m., there will be an all-ages family class and belly dance for teens and adults.

From 3 to 4 p.m., Newcomb and local dancers Shana Bloomstein, Heléna Melone, Joan Proudman, Hanna Dehoff, Katenia Keller, Alexandra Pitre and Karen Alberti will present dance performances. The day will conclude with dancing in the street, right outside the studio, with live music.

“Dance has always been my passion. I feel so thankful and grateful to have been able to share it with my community for the past 25 years,” said Newcomb.

For more information, call 338-5380.

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