Dear Tucson Waldorf School Community,
I hope that you all have had a restful and rejuvenating winter break. This time away allows for reflection and re-commitment to our life paths and the new year ahead.
When we return, our community will welcome Karen Gallagher, a visiting eurythmist who will bring this unique form of movement to all of our students, faculty, and parents. She will have a piano accompanist, Mari Tomizuka, joining her for classes in the Grades. Classes will begin on January 16th.
What is eurythmy, you ask?
Eurythmy is a unique and integral component of Waldorf education, embodying the holistic and interdisciplinary approach that defines this educational philosophy. Developed by Rudolf Steiner, eurythmy is a form of expressive movement that combines elements of dance, rhythm, and speech. It is considered an essential part of the Waldorf curriculum, fostering a deep connection between body, soul, and spirit.
In Waldorf schools, eurythmy is introduced early in a child’s education and continues throughout the entire school journey. The practice is not just about physical movement but is also a means of artistic expression and a way to explore language and literature in a kinesthetic manner. Students engage in eurythmy exercises individually and in groups, creating harmonious movements that are often linked to the subjects they are studying. This integration of movement with academic content helps to reinforce learning in a multi-sensory way, appealing to different learning styles and enhancing overall comprehension.
Beyond its academic benefits, eurythmy in a Waldorf School also serves as a tool for personal development and self-expression. Students learn to attune themselves to their bodies, emotions, and creative impulses, fostering a sense of inner balance and coordination. The emphasis on group eurythmy performances also cultivates a strong sense of community and collaboration among students. The art form encourages students to express themselves in a non-verbal, embodied manner, promoting self-awareness and confidence.
Here’s a lovely, short video to bring eurythmy to light for you: Kamaroi teacher Video – Eurythmy
Additionally, Ms. Gallagher will invite parents of grade school students to come and observe a little “performance” class toward the end of her stay just before the Rodeo break so that you can see your child’s class work firsthand.
Though Ms. Gallagher will only be with us for five weeks, she plans to be fully involved in offering eurythmy to our students, our parent community, and our faculty. Please stay tuned to Parent Square to learn more about her upcoming community offerings.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone when we return on January 8th and want to wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!