by Gabriella Vasas-Turnbull our new Eurythmy Teacher
“Eurythmy lets the soul life flow outwards and thereby becomes a real expression of the human being, like language; eurythmy is visible speech.” Rudolf Steiner
From end of February, the timetable of the school expanded with fortnightly eurythmy lessons for the Kindergarten groups, Class 1-2 and for parents and staff.
Engaging with eurythmy engages and fosters the growing child, evolves the social fabric of the class and creates many smiling children who are enjoying the movement.
Learning in eurythmy means that the children and adults exploring meaningful movement, developing:
– bodily and kinaesthetic awareness spatial orientation, lateral thinking and subtle, feeling capabilities;
– a healthy relationship to self and others;
– an understanding of form and metamorphosis;
– knowledge of the relationship between time and space and how movement exists through the interplay of these two elements;
– a harmonious relationship between qualities of expansion and contraction and the three directions in space;
– movement in symmetrical forms and choreographic skills;
– performance skills which encompass, age appropriately, an awareness of ensemble members and audience; appreciation for their own and others’ works.
Making in eurythmy begins with imitation of the teacher’s movements and combinations of patterns and gestures which give expressions to simple characters from stories and poems as well as to forms in the world around them in combination with the Main Lesson.
In the festivals, the children will be able to show these stories and poems through movements and gestures specific to eurythmy.