High School Eurythmy
Eurythmy is the art of movement that attempts to make visible the tone and feeling of music and speech. Eurythmy helps to develop concentration, self-discipline, and a sense of beauty. This training of moving artistically with a group stimulates sensitivity to the other as well as individual mastery. Eurythmy lessons follow the themes of the curriculum, exploring rhyme, meter, story, and geometric forms.
The ninth grade currently has eurythmy for a quarter of the year. It is a time to make the movements more consciously out of themselves. Through poetry and music, they explore major and minor as modes of expressing feeling.
The tenth grade has eurythmy incorporated into one of the morning lesson blocks, usually their poetics block. They learn about meter and how to move it and about the different aspects of a poem, meter, alliteration, content, and how to bring these elements into motion.
The eleventh grade has eurythmy as part of the Parzival block. They learn about the relationship of the vowels to the mythical and physical planets, relating this ancient wisdom to the story and to the different characters in the book. Ritual, the nobility of knighthood, and the orderliness of the chivalric world are explored through eurythmy forms in space as a deepening of the experience of Parzival’s journey.
Eurythmy is an important element in the twelfth grade Trancendentalists block. As expressed by writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman, students look through the lens of the earthly and the cosmic, through their own biographies and the realm of the zodiac, exploring the ideas of the Trancendentalist writers in movement. As a culmination of their eurythmy studies, seniors create their own eurythmy forms from original interpretations of the works of these great American writers.