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February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

Hope Stone Inc is a combination of dance, overall wellness, spreading of art, community, and goodness. I have been involved with Hope Stone since 2004 and have loved every second. I have taken dance class, been involved behind the scenes and dance performances, seen performances, volunteered, interned at the office and continue to promote the goals of the organization. Not only does Hope Stone offer dance class, Hope promotes growth through dance and community awareness. By sharing the word to the young, those at risk of life without art, Hope Stone spreads the power of movement one person at a time.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

not only is being involved with Hope Stone good for my body, it is good for the soul. Those that work with/at Hope Stone are warm and welcoming in all ways possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to more at risk youth, work in a bigger space with more dancing room, maybe even multiple dancing rooms, hire more dance teachers, spread the word greater by dancing more often and getting the word out.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 24, 2010

Knowing Jane Weiner's sense of groundedness in personality, movement, and inter-relations, when I was coming back to her dance studio after 5 years of not dancing professionally I felt so reasurred in body, mind, and soul. After hearing other dancers in the community talk about the accepting environment and then committing to see my own needs as an artist come to life, I instantly acted on what I considered a safe risk. I was welcomed and my artistic spirit rekindled. With increasing competition in the arts and performance in America, people of all ages and arts need a place to go that is safe and supportive not critical and demanding. We are apt to listen to sick fools who think tongue lashing is the way to increase talent and that the superstar is the only star; this is our greatest misfortune as a society. Artists change society for the better when they have a healthy body, mind, and strong spirit. Hopestone is a beacon of light in a dark as dark can be artist's world. Hopestone also encourages cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary art education which is what our youth need today; they are so eager, we need to support them...all of us will be held accountable for what we do and do not do...Hopestone and Jane Weiner are setting a great example and I think they should be rewarded for their intention and efforts. If you are wondering if this is really true my only response is: experience it for yourself or create/find an environment near you...I am sure HopeStone would be glad to help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Feeling the gratitude today for the opportunity to have met great artists, teachers, musicians, technicians, board members, pets, and employees who are associated with this organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Wonderful memories of freedom and self-realization, sharing life with others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

devoted, willing, open, reliable, savvy socially and technologically (most of the time).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Consider supporting young artists (junior high, high school, college) who want to learn about arts and life and serve their society both with art and with other social needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 24, 2010

Hope Stone is an extradoniary organization that allows children and adults from all walks of life to experince the arts. I have had the honor and pleasure to see and learn from the wonderful dancers/instructors at Hope. This organization is an asset the Arts Community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have taken several dance classes at the studio.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy the staff and the outreach that Hope does for the arts community.

Ways to make it better...

More classes!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 24, 2010

Hope Stone is an amazing organization dedicated to helping promote the arts for young people. As an educator at the Aldine Independent School District, Hope Stone arranged for free concert tickets to it's annual performance. Many of these students had never seen a professional dance performance. Staff from Hope Stone also came to teach at the school's summer intensive, and welcomed these students to Master Classes held at the Hope Stone Studio. Ms. Jane Weiner's capacity to share her art and vision, and welcome all to her facility make this organization unique in it's outreach. Several of the students who attended these events are currently dancing at the college level, and have been inspired and motivated by vision and power of Hope Stone Inc, and it's director.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

opening a door for students to travel beyond their immediate environment to pursue a life in the arts.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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February 24, 2010

i have danced since i was three years old, but after college i got away from it. after that, finding a challenging yet WELCOMING adult dance class became really difficult. until i found hope stone... every time i walk in there, i not only feel like part of a family, but i feel confident and like a real dancer. as long as you have the passion for dance and community, hope stone is the perfect studio, no matter your age or dance level. it's simply the best.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the constant high level of energy- new teachers, projects for kids, community involvement, and a very high level of dance instruction in a relaxed environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very energetic and passionate. and SWEET! somehow everyone at hope stone is just nice and open and lovely.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the lives of children and adults in houston. every child in houston could have access to dance, music and art, and parents could have a positive, enriching place to send their kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 24, 2010

Hope Stone and Jane Weiner have had a positive influence on my career and artisitc direction. This unique organization helps each child mold into a strong and creative individual. I want to be just like HOPE STONE!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the cream of the crop.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the world. Or at least a large chunk of it. It is amazing how much is done with such a small amount.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 24, 2010

I have had the opportunity to work with Hope Stone in Houston and have to say that this is a First Class Organization. Setting the gold standard for other organizations who look to make a difference in their community. Highly recommended.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff. Professional and extremely driven.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Hope Stone is a haven for all ages. My mother, who is 82, has been doing Tai Chi at the studio twice a week for a year and the experience has given her renewed strength, balance, and confidence. Mom was also asked to participate in the company's onstage performance, and now she can waltz too.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, kind and generous.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 23, 2010

hope stone is love hope stone is equality hope stone is home it makes us feel part of a community - it is professionalism and respect - freedom of expression with conscience - it's waltz and rap - young teachers learning to teach the love for creative movements to a toddler - dogs hanging out - big joe and his body symbolizing perfection - structure and imagination - cereal boxes as donation - real musicians alive playing congas - our communitarian food in the kitchen - the neighborhood as our gang - adolescents thinking about climate change - older citizens mixed with the company dancers - kids exposed to professional mise en scenes - partnerships with other texan organizations who share our style of living - and jane weiner / see it to believe it - bellisimo regalo - proud of being part of it - una experiencia a replicar !

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my exposure to houston diversity - being a witness of the production of a young dancer who needed a bit of success to develop her/his own voice

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

as i open the door, i feel different

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

beautiful - true exponents of what hope means -

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer young mothers with babies and toddlers the possibility to express fears and dreams - to find a way out through art- to diminish risk and get stronger in soul, spirit and body

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Hope Stone is lead by one of the most giving woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has a way of making everyone she deals with feel special. That quality permeates her organization! Jane and Hope Stone Inc. work tirelessly to enable children with a stronger sense of self worth and appreciation for art. Hope Stone is also a sanctuary for us adults to go to for art and revitalizing. I can offer no constructive feedback other than I hope you have the funding the stay around for a long time.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Where do I begin? Perhaps it could inhabit a larger facility to be able to expand their work to include many more kids that need the kind of outlet she so expertly provides. It could also employ and train some great people to help in that expansion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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