Definition of eurhythmics in English:


(US eurythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmy)

plural noun

  • [treated as singular] A system of rhythmical physical movements to music used to teach musical understanding (especially in Steiner schools) or for therapeutic purposes, evolved by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

    • ‘Although the authors warn teachers not to use the games as a formula and to be more experimental, a game each week could become so rewarding that eurhythmics may appear throughout the lesson.’
    • ‘At a very early age, Finkelstein was introduced to piano, Dalcroze eurythmics, and ballet.’
    • ‘Numerous sessions by outstanding presenters are sure to stimulate your thinking and revitalize your teaching, with topics ranging from composition, biofeedback, eurhythmics, chamber music and diversity.’
    • ‘In the 1910s, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze taught eurhythmics to the locals here; there was theatre, music and dance, too.’
    • ‘There are several schools in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, France and England teaching eurythmy in a variety of styles.’
    • ‘Her interest in Steiner led Melissa to eurythmy, the art of movement and its therapeutic and educational benefits.’
    • ‘Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, inventor of eurhythmics, definitely had the right idea here.’
    • ‘Jaques-Dalcroze called his system ‘rhythmic gymnastics', although it is popularly known as eurythmics.’
    • ‘Illness is disharmony and treatment may include not only medicine but also art therapy (painting, modeling, music, singing and creative speech), eurythmy, and counseling.’
    • ‘But perhaps most architecturally visible, every Waldorf school centres on a theatre, a community centre where every pupil can learn to perform some music, a recitation, dance, drama, or the special Steiner practice of eurhythmy.’
    • ‘This ballet mixes elements of folk dance from the Balkans with eurhythmics in order to tell the story of the beautiful Yana, her fiancé Momchil and the Dragon.’
    • ‘Students majoring in martial arts roles go through a strict training, involving acrobatics and eurythmics.’
    • ‘But Kasai has also studied modern dance, classical ballet and eurythmy, and very consciously welcomes external influences into the butoh tradition.’
    physical activity, movement, exertion, effort, work
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Early 20th century: from eu- ‘well’+ rhythm + -ics.