Eurythmy

 

The basis of Eurythmy, is an exact grasp of the qualities inherent in speech, sounds and tones. The vowels, consonants and musical intervals are studied in their relationship to the human form. The movements derived from sounds and tones are the same movements found in the development of an embryo. Such movements can be observed as contracting, expansion, unfolding, enclosing, narrowing or widening, surrounding or separating.

For this reason, eurythmy may be considered as and archetypal language made visible through movement. It is a discipline that enhances ones ability to experience the forces and forms of nature because every form is a movement that has come to rest.

Eurythmy can have a harmonizing influence on the growing child, providing him/her with health giving and rejuvenating forces as well as making the child more adaptable and sensitive to what is brought through the rest of the curriculum and life as a whole.

In the pedagogical eurythmy lesson, the student learns how to move and orientates him/herself skillfully in space. Through studying artistic works of poetry and music, the student learns to form and conduct his/her own movements in such a way that the body gradually becomes an expression of what the soul experiences. In addition, the student realizes while practicing eurythmy with others that an artistic presentation only can be successful if ones own contribution selflessly is integrated into the whole. In this way, social skills are also promoted.

Eurythmy is introduced into the kindergarten on a weekly basis. It is a regular part of the weekly schedule in grades one through eight. Classes take place in the eurythmy room and are accompanied by a pianist.