At the forefront of a period of artistic and feminist enlightenment in the early twentieth century, a new dance genre began to evolved in America. As this “art dance” developed, it was variously referred to as “aesthetic,” “interpretive,” “barefoot,” “free-form,” and “figure” dance. Eventually, this new form became known as Modern Dance primarily through the inspiration of three American muses: Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, and Ruth St Denis.Through class discussion and documentary film, OLLI participants will encounter an enduring tapestry of preeminent dance makers who emancipated the world of Modern Dance through their artistic passion, their primacy of vision, and an intuitive conception of art in dance beyond the superficial. Our journey through the pioneers also includes Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, and their significant disciples. Facilitated Discussion. Listening to Music or Other Audio. Viewing Videos.