The expressive movement art of eurythmy came into being at the beginning of the twentieth century under the guidance of Rudolf Steiner. Pedagogical eurythmy has been an integral part of the Waldorf School curriculum since its founding.
Eurythmy is directly connected to every aspect of the human being, from organic processes to artistic expression. As a movement art, eurythmy can be described as visible speaking and visible singing. It is taught as speech eurythmy and tone eurythmy. The spoken word in verses, poems, stories, and the tones and intervals of music are essential elements of expression. The human being becomes the instrument that speaks and sings through gesture and choreography. The physical body allows for the expression of great beauty, harmony, and feeling.
In ninth grade, students arrive at the high school with various backgrounds in eurythmy. Their introduction to eurythmy here is a complex group formation with copper rods. Elements of spatial awareness are the foundation of the rod work. Each of the several exercises focuses on a specific aspect, e.g., the sense for right and left, front and back, or up and down. Precision in these skills and teamwork are of great importance.
In tenth grade eurythmy, the students are asked to perfect both a poem and a music piece. Style and expression are discussed and explored, and the choreography and gestures of each piece are completely memorized. Group work gives way to individual work, and in the end each student performs alone in front of the class, having to stand on her or his own throughout an entire piece.
In the eleventh and twelfth grades, students take at least one eurythmy block electives. The eurythmy block electives are dedicated to different themes to allow the students to focus on and deepen their work in a particular element. The Eurythmy Troupe is also available as an elective for tenth through twelfth graders.