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Eurythmy

Eurythmy is a form of movement originally developed by Rudolf Steiner on both spiritual and scientific principles. It combines language, music, and dance into a whole. On the stages of Europe it is recognized as an artistic genre. At Pine Hill, children take eurythmy once or twice a week beginning in first grade. Speech eurythmy, through poetry and stories, makes visible the formative gestures of vowel and consonant sounds; tone eurythmy, primarily through classical and folk music, makes visible the elements of music, such as pitch, interval, the major, and minor modes.

Eurythmic gestures and movements allow children to develop balance, spatial coordination, fluidity, grace, rhythm and breathing. In the later grades, it gives children a way to understand the formative powers at work in language and music and to express in gestures a wide range of feelings. Eurythmic work is often incorporated into dramatic productions.