An introduction to contemporary modern dance. Students learn the terminology and practice the fundamental movement vocabulary of modern dance. Classes consist of a full body warm-up, specific modern dance exercises, traveling step patterns, short dance combinations, and improvisational assignments. Class activities are designed to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythmic awareness and musicality, and self-expression. The course presents the history, theory and significance of modern dance through lectures, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, or assigned performance attendance. For more information about class content/format, please call (413) 775-1262. This if the credit-free option of DAN 111/112.