Ruhala believes children learn by experience first and foremost and therefore we aim to provide rich experiences for them to play in. "Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Play is becoming a fashionable, scientific part of education these days and the arts have always been deeply connected to play. "Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
RIGHT & WRONG
At Ruhala, we emphasize there is no right or wrong in art but just individual expression; which ought not be judged. This frees the child to live out their inner world without fear. "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."
One teen said to his father while watching a Ruhala Intro to Acting class:You pay for this? He did not think all the foolishness and play of the young students was worthy of paying tuition. But a wise man made a pile of wealth in his creative genius. . . "Stay hungry, stay foolish."
When we watch the students find their comic spirits we know they are healthy. . . "Comedy is acting out optimism."
Kids and adults alike empathize with our good friend Harry Potter and the glorious imaginative rides he takes us on. Ruhala theatre and dance classes are designed to bring out the imaginations of the students. "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to imagine that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
-J. K. Rowling
From all this play and imaginative creativity come a whole person with compassion, teamwork, authenticity and vibrant spirit! We hope to see you all next week!
Yours in Song & Dance,
Mark & Celina Ruhala
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