January 23, 1982
Professor Robert Abramson of the Manhattan School of Music held three eurhythmics workshops in the Kenyon Dance Studio, in which students skipped in circles according to the mood of the music being played, stood on one foot in rhythm and bounced a ball in time to the music. Eurhythmics, developed by Swiss composer and music education theorist Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, explored the relationship between musical expression and movement. As Carol Duncan '83 explained in The Miscellany News, "Dalcroze became interested in this subject when he saw that musical training too often excluded instruction in expression, emphasizing technique instead.... Participants...were instructed to, among other things, bounce a tennis ball and pass it in a circle to the beat of music; form patterns and shapes with a group of people without speaking; walk, run or skip in a circle at varying tempos while imitating the music's mood; do exercises in balance, conducting, clapping various rhythms and imitating an orchestra using one's voice... Participants seemed enthusiastic and ready to apply what they had learned in their dancing, singing or playing of an instrument."