The movement art known as eurythmy, developed by Rudolf Steiner, is unique to Waldorf schools. It may at times resemble dance, gymnastics,
and theater, but its aim is ultimately to harmonize the child’s soul-spiritual nature with the body, by making the body a more flexible
and responsive instrument of the soul’s intentions. Eurythmy classes feature recitation of verses or stories by the teacher, and piano accompaniment for parts of the lesson. In moving to music and the spoken word, the children become aware of different rhythms, repetitions or rhymes, tone color, moods, and the narrative arc.
The first grade curriculum starts out with the reenacting of fairy tales and simple verses. As the grades progress, the students move to increasingly complex music or poems, and are involved in choreographing pieces themselves. By learning the vocabulary of eurythmy gestures, the children form an inner connection to the qualities inherent in language and music, as well as an appreciation for the principles of geometric form.
Eurythmy helps children become more imaginative, graceful, coordinated, alert, and at ease within themselves; it also greatly enhances spatial orientation, peripheral perception, and awareness of others.