TWO OF WASHINGTON'S most consistently compelling dancemakers resurface this weekend after long hiatuses, each offering works both familiar and new.

Choreographer Cathy Paine and her small company seem to have found success abroad as well as at home. Just back from a tour of Great Britain and Hong Kong, they touch base this weekend at their longtime roost, The Dance Place. They will be presenting a program of five works, including the premiere of "Brake," a dance set to music by the unlikely combination of Johann Strauss Jr. and the Eurythmics. Paine, a warm, technically astute performer, has created some of the funniest, most structurally lucid and pungent dances in recent memory.

Marina Keet, this city's premier authority on Spanish dancing -- not to mention South African and Swedish ballet -- comes into the limelight about once a year to produce and direct a grand and authentic evening of that country's folk traditions. Working with a group of loyal local performers -- as well as Charo Linares, a specialist in the flamenco style -- she offers the spectator a rare glimpse of traditional regional dances such as the Castilian fandango antiguo and the Galician pandeirada. This year, Keet expands her repertoire to include "Bolero," a devilishly rhythmic dance for 15 dancers created in collaboration with percussionist Richard Trythal. CATHY PAINE AND FRIENDS -- Friday and Saturday at 8:30 at The Dance Place, 2424 18th Street NW. Tickets $7, $6 for students and seniors. Call 462-1321. FIESTA ESPANOLA -- Saturday at 8:15, Marvin Theater, 800 21st Street NW. Tickets $8. Call 842-5387.