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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.

Fifth Grade: Specific eurythmy geometric form exercises such as “Energy Dance” and “Peace Dance” or basic simple triangle formations are practiced to help enliven the interest in and the feeling for the wholeness of humanity. Poems connected with the curriculum (history, geography, botany) are used. In music children continue to learn and practice beat, rhythm and pitch. Exercises such as: “Inner and Outer have conquered”, concentration, and to poems which imbue the Greek rhythms like the hexameter and music, help the children find balance between their inner forces (imaginations, feeling, and initiative) and the outer world. The choreography of the Apollonian forms based on grammar is continued. These exercises help the children enliven what they study in main lesson. There is continous work with rod exercises for posture, strength and flexibility.

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

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