These classes are designed to develop modern dance knowledge, experience, techniques and expression necessary for appropriate level modern warm-ups, center combinations, improvisation and performance level choreography. Students develop age and level appropriate spatial awareness and articulation of the body; improve physical control, balance, coordination, alignment, strength, flexibility, and stamina; and become practiced in improvisation, movement, and expression. In all classes, an age and level-appropriate understanding of proper body mechanics are taught. Students develop age and level appropriate musicality, including an understanding of phrasing, rhythm, and counting. The essential principles and evolution of the twentieth century modern and post-modern dance are studied through various movement techniques.