Hope Stone Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   135 reviews

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Location: 1210 West Clay Suite 26 Houston TX 77019 USA

Mission:  Hope Stone, Inc. is a unique organization dedicated to presenting authentic dance, music, and theater performances as well as embracing and nurturing the createive and expressive side of children through the positive, empowering experience of the performing and visual arts.
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston, Throughout Texas, New Orleans
Programs: A dance and theater ensemble made up of professional dancers & performers, founded in 1997. The company, under the direction of artistic director Jane Weiner, is an organization with equal emphasis on the presentation of authentic dance, music, and theater. During the past 12 years, Hope Stone Dance has performed through out Texas, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, and Mexico. Local Houston stages have been The Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center, D!verseWorks, Miller Outdoor Theater, the Jewish Communiy Center's Kaplan Theater, Houston Community College's Heinen Theater, and the Hobby Center's Zilkah Hall. The company is housed at Hope Center, a facility located in the heart of the Montrose area in Houston, TX. This 3500 sq. foot facility also accommodates adult and children's and movement classes designed to sharpen both the mind, body and soul. The company, now entering its 12th year, has performed for five years at the Cullen Theare, presenting such works as The Cooking Show, 's~ a tale of possession, SEE Me, and A Village of Waltz. They also established the Lemonade Stand, a summer festival of dance, this past year.
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EIN 76-0519238
713.526.1907
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Stone is a home for art and people and community. It is a family full of boundless creativity and love. Everyone is welcome and there is such a positive energy radiating from the place.
I was lucky enough to work as an intern with Hope Stone for two summers. During the year, I participated in dance classes there. All of my experiences there were really valuable and the family and home I got out of it is life-changing. I'm so grateful. Hope Stone's passion for the arts is golden.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with Hopestone as an intern during the summer of 2012. This was my second summer interning at the studio, and just as the summer before, I had a blast!! I love the atmosphere at Hopestone. I always feel at home there, and I love interacting with the dancers and the teachers. Hopestone attracts all types of dancers from professionals to students who are brand-new to the art form, and Hopestone provides an environment in which dancers from all over the experience spectrum can come to be challenged as well as nurtured technically and artistically. I love it, and I would recommend this studio to everyone from the seasoned professional to the first-time student!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional dancer I first met Jane, Hope Stone's CEO, on a master class while attending Houston Community College. Since then I became a regular client, taking modern classes from her and getting to know more about the organization. One thing led to another and I found myself teaching at her children's program and as part of her staff at the Hope Stone Kids program, a program designed to make arts education as a priority in kids of all ages lives. 7 years later and I can proudly say that I am a part of Hope Stone's vision to educate our young citizens to problem solve, to have compassion, to learn to socialize, to accept one another, to listen, to trust, to respect and be respected and to share. All that through music, dance, theater, writing, photography, art. As a professional artist and a teacher, I hope to see many more programs like this in schools and community centers all over the country.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It is impossible not to believe in arts education when you are involved with Hope Stone. We see everyday how dance, music and theater make a difference in a child's life. This is a great organization that educates and empowers children and teenagers through art. The whole staff is very commited to every child and very competent and entusiastic! In order to reach more children with this program funding is extremely important and necessary.

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

reach more children and teenagers in educating and empowering through the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

YES Prep was the fortunate and grateful recipient of a grant that allowed us to bring a Hope Stone dance teacher to our middle school campus for a series of eight master classes. Students were selected based on their indicated interest in dance, and they participated in the weekly workshops with Roberta, a professional dancer. Her positive spirit and patience helped some of the less-confident students blossom and made all feel comfortable expressing themselves through movement. She and Hope Stone's CEO (Jane) were proactive troubleshooters who wanted to make sure all students had a meaningful experience -- even those who were reluctant at first. I appreciate this opportunity, and I hope our paths cross again.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a busy professional who seeks refuge in dance, I cannot say enough positive things about Hope Stone. The teachers are top-notch and unlike other adult dance classes, there is an emphasis on technique. Jane Weiner has boundless energy, which she devotes to making art, sharing art, teaching art, and just making this world a better place. If you, or anyone you know, has any interest in dance, Hope Stone is the place to get your dance on!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have studied dance for many years in different countries and cities in the U.S., and Hope Stone is one of the most welcoming and supportive studios I have had the pleasure of being involved with. It is also the only place I have studied ballet as an adult where we are taught all aspects of technique, and the classes are not simply a means to generate revenue. I have also had the honor of working with Jane on the Illuminations Project, and have witnessed how her enthusiasm and dedication motivate others to get involved and volunteer. Jane is an inspiration, and Hope Stone a home for those of us impassioned by dance.

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

learning directions for the head in ballet!

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

a shared love of movement.

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

supportive, kind, and unpretentious.

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

change the lives of many children, and adults. Also, it could bring live musicians to all classes, and thereby heighten our appreciation for music in addition to movement and technique.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I moved to Houston 4 years ago, and had lost all hope of finding a place where I could go back to my dancing and find an art-dance community with which I could be involved. I went for a class at Hope Stone and realized that that was it! The place is open, full of generous people and a great sense of community that take art and art education seriously. My 17 year-old son is part of the Youth Sound at Hope Stone and I couldn't be happier for him, as I see that he has also found a place to exchange and learn and grow in his artistic expression. I have volunteered for events and at the studio and I feel privileged to be able to help in some way.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is the people that make a place special and Hope Stone is extremely special! "Heart" is a word that comes out in any conversation with folks who volunteer, work, attend classes, or raise funds for this organization. Ana Trevino Godfrey and her Prelude Music class is a joyful, upbeat, fun experience. Your child (and you) will leave each week already looking forward to the next session. Not only is she talented & a terrific teacher, she - like the rest of the staff at Stone Hope, is simply an inspiration.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The variety and number of classes offered at Hope Stone makes it a little unusual for an organization of its size. While a dance studio and dance company, dance is not the sole focus of classes for people of all ages. If I had children, I'd send them here---and I've recommended people with children to check it out. The dance company is among the best performances companies in Houston, offering thoughtful and often quirky work to entertain and provoke thought. Much of what they do is done with an eye toward humanitarian concerns. Browse their website and checkout anything they offer that catches your eye. Children to adults can find something at Hope Stone.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This place isn't glitzy and perfect - the parking could be better, studio could be larger... But it has a big heart and brilliantly serves a diverse clientele. Jane and her crew work tirelessly - whether it's class offerings or dance performances - they keep things fresh which can be hard to do when you've been around for a while. What keeps me going back to their adult classes time after time is the commitment to quality and ability to attract world-class teachers and musicians. Thanks Hope Stone for being a sanctuary for the soul and a "chapel of the arts."

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone Inc's 3-fold mission has something for everyone. There are classes for adults, teens, and kids with scholarship opportunities. There are dance performances that help raise funds, promote causes, and raise the level and diversity of the arts in Houston. And finally, the arts outreach programs for at risk youth. As a frequenter of their adult classes, you can't beat the quality of their teachers paired with the laidback and welcoming vibes. Jane's really given Houston and the arts community quite a gift!

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

fundraising, classes

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

the positive attitude and energy

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

welcoming and competent

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

New to Houston and a recent grad, I came to Hope Stone to continue dancing and because I was intrigued by their service-minded mission. The strong sense of community at Hope Stone welcomed me instantly and the teachers and other dancers invigorated me artistically. Before long, I became a volunteer, helping with administrative tasks once a week and occasionally staffing events. I love Hope Stone's unique model that puts outreach and service at the heart of its mission yet still maintains an outstanding class schedule and professional company. Hope Stone showed me that amazing work can be done when you use your passions to address real needs, and I know they are instilling this kind of purposefulness in the life of every person who walks through their doors.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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