Eurythmy

Alla Bikchurina
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Eurythmy: Course Description

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eurythmy-movement, gesture and rhythm connected to speech and tone-is a unique part of the Waldorf curriculum. It helps to refine gross and fine motor skills, develop spatial and body awareness and provides a deep connection with the inner nature of music and poetry and helps develop flexibility and presence of mind. The students’ expressive gestures arise out of the sounds of speech and the tones and intervals.

Through learning these gestures the children form an inner connection to the qualities inherent in the elements of language and music, a process which both engages the whole human being whilst supporting the development of linguistic and musical literacy. Eurythmy also works with the polarities of levity and gravity not just physically but essentially through the inner experience of the soul, with what can be called ensouled movement and is therefore more akin to dance than gymnastics. It supports and deepens the curriculum of the grades.

In the Early Childhood Program and early grades, poems, stories and music come alive through movement guided by the teacher. Practicing the elements of eurythmic movement helps the children become more graceful, more coordinated, more alert and more at ease with themselves. Eurythmy also reveals blockages and hindrances within the movement organization. In the later grades, increasingly complex exercises improve listening skills and concentration. Eurythmy is an art of movement that engages the whole human being.

The social capacities of the children are strengthened as they learn to move harmoniously together. Working with the geometric forms and their transitions in three dimensional space help the children to have a more comprehensive experience of the principles of geometric form and cultivate an inner sense of orientation. Eurythmy is taught in groups, though as therapeutic eurythmy it is usually taught in one-on-one situations. It requires its own specialized space, ideally incorporating a sprung wooden floor. The architecture of the space must provide enough room for group movements yet offer a contained environment, free of external distractions. Like all good art, eurythmy provides subtle yet powerful nourishment for the soul life.

Second Grade: Through moving to rhythms, rhymes and beat, through clapping and stamping more consciously for example really follow the beat of 2/4 music, the child takes hold of his body. Spiral forms and exercises requiring rapid changes of direction nurture the child’s flexibility of soul and thinking and begin to awaken their interest in the world around them. Geometric forms as mirror picture forms, and specific eurythmy exercises such as “We Seek One Another “ or “I and You” work further on developing spatial awareness and imagination and also foster the sense of cooperation in the children.

Faculty:                      Alla Bikchurina
Class Dates:              September 6th, 2012 – June 7th, 2013
Curriculum Area:       Movement

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