Hope Stone Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   135 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently joined the community at Hope Stone as a New Year's resolution for 2012. I was impressed to be around such a diverse group where the positivity flows all around this quaint little space. I had decided to go back to a part time hobby of mine after not getting tondo it for 8 years as I put myself through college and started a family. I was quite tense and nervous. I knew I would be rusty and behind for a while, therefore not enjoying it as much because that's just the way it is for me. I was happy to see all types there. From professionals to average people, and very young to very old. I decided to try out an intro ballet class and felt so happy to see much older women dancing much better than I and living their life to the fullest. It is neat to watch the professionals in their element and dance alongside them. It has been a place for me to meet like minded people who dance for dance sake and just live to move their bodies in expression. I am a very recluse person right now. I have two young children and i am a stay at home mom and I don't hire help because you just can't trust people these days. I have found a safe place in Hope Stone and feel like a part of something again. The owner, Jane Weiner, has a comradery with her staff and every person that walks in her path can feel the impact of her heart. She truly has a vision and empowers others to experience what the arts can do for the integrity of the human experience.

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  

I am a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. My son has been a part of Hope Stone Kids for two years and loves it. He actually wants to go to class. The teachers are warm and genuinely interested in him a a performer and as a person. Hopestone teaches children to find their own talent and love of art instead of trying to be cookie-cutouts of everyone else. My son is a bit shy and they have fostered his love of singing and acting and helped him do his first performance. We would not go anywhere else.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

It is not often that one finds a company that so clearly gives back more than it is given, but Hope Stone unmistakably rises to the top of this list. I have had the privilege of spending countless hours each week working with Jane and her company over the last few years, and in many ways they have essentially become like a second family to me. The experience of creating art with a group so genuinely dedicated to their work and to each other has not only redefined my ideas of what is important in life, but I also believe that everyone who walks though those doors cannot avoid taking with them some part of the Hope Stone essence of love, support, and cohesiveness, and spreading it to others when they leave the studio. Jane and her company continue to create amazing dance and art, and beyond this provide an incredible outreach program that has so obviously impacted the lives of countless children, many of whom are at-risk. Hope Stone is unique in its selfless mission to instill a love of music, dance, and art, as well as to nurture creativity and expressiveness.

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

and it would perform miracles.

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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7 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone is a lovely place. It's so artsy and friendly-everybody knows eachother. Jane is so cool for starting it and the teachers are very nice and helpful. I hadn't done dance since kindergarden, but I'm glad I started it up with Hope Stone. I love it! I've really learned a lot.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

meeting interesting people who are nice and experiencing something new.

Ways to make it better...

I had had previous (real) dancing experience beforehand and maybe started a little earlier.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

sometimes, its hard to go for a 2 hour class on a school day. It conflicts with time occasionally.

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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6 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone is a wonderful place to dance, act, move, laugh, and cry - you can be your true self. The organization offers classes for children and adults (even seasoned adults) as well as providing rehearsal space and housing an awesome dance company.

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

seeing the kid's perform; seeing the company perform; taking classes; and volunteering

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

How giving the people are at Hope Stone.

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

Very friendly and helpful.

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

Reach a lot more kids who do not have the money to experience the arts. Open more locations so more people have the opportunity to move.

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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6 people found this review helpful

Quality instruction reaching children who otherwise wouldn't be exposed to the arts is what I love about Hope Stone. The children are exposed to a creative environment that takes pride in teaching expression of one's self through dance. Jane's high energy level is definitely contageous!

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

I always enjoy Jane's creative choreography and writing for a show. Extremely creative!

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

All the volunteers and staff I've met are always willing to work together for the good of the project at hand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone's Kid's Play Gala had 60 kids on stage for 60 minutes to a sold-out audience! Hope Stone Rocks!!

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

seeing what a difference Hope Stone makes in the lives of the kids who attend. So great to see them grow and learn to express themselves instead of abusing themselves.

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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4 people found this review helpful

Hope Stone provides an amazing space as well as amazing teachers to help transform children's lives! I have been witness to the maturing, increase in self-esteem, and overall happiness of the children that go to Hope Stone and work with the instructors there. The amount of love Jane and her staff have for these children and adolescents is incredible! Thanks so much Hope Stone for transforming my life!

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

the improved quality of children's lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it a national organization.

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

the love and compassion for the children.

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

extremely loving, kind, and helpful

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

expand

Ways to make it better...

Hope Stone was in every city and state.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love Hope Center!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

For the past six months I have been working as an intern at Hope Stone Inc. and I feel so blessed to have found the opportunity to work with such a wonderful organization. At Hope Stone, the people are warm, caring, passionate and incredibly hard working. From the very first day I began helping out, I felt welcomed and enthusiastic to begin helping out. It's so wonderful to know that an organization like Hope Stone exists to bring the arts to kids in the Houston Area, while supporting dancers and creating/presenting beautiful dances with the company.

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

always kind, respectful, passionate & encouraging.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I have been part of the Hope Stone family for several years now, and feel blessed to have these wonderful people and this amazing organization in my life.

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

The number of friends that I have made here that I now consider my second family.

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

Do an amazing amount of good and help and inspire a huge amount of children.

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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