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November 5, 2012

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February 28, 2010

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. I... more

November 5, 2012

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!

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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

February 28, 2010

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.

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

learning directions for the head in ballet!

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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

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I am an arts professional. I am a not a dancer or a choreographer but am a passionate and knowledgeable supporter of contemporary dance. I travel widely and work with performing arts organizations around the United States and abroad.

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

I take Yamuna and Gyrotonics classes at their studio and attend their professional company performances. I am so moved and inspired by director Jane Wiener's vision, as a choreographer, as an educator and as an individual creating positive change.

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

I love the vibe of their studio. I love watching their process of creating new performance works. I am always impressed by the quality of their graphics and marketing material. Great volunteer base.

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

I have had the pleasure of meeting or working with most of the staff and and company. They are all professional, inspired, dedicated, talented .

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

Have more money for technical production, take their show on the road, clone their educational programs around the country, adequately compensate their dedicated and passionate staff, dancers and other artists

Ways to make it better...

They had a newer floor in the studio. More money would fix this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

My eight year old son is now in his third year at Hope Stone. Jane and her staff are extraordinary professionals - the consistency with which they treat the children (kindness, gentleness, clear guidance) is unwavering. I can see in my son the confidence he has engendered by being a member of this troupe. The grant-making institutions that support this enterprise should be commended for their crucial financial support. Hope Stone delivers the goods!

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

watching how Hope Stone enriches the lives of children.

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

fully versed in imparting to the children that art is a serious endeavor requiring their constant attention, and both mental and physical discipline. In so doing, the Hope Stone staff encourages joy and exploration.

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

change a corner of the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

The teachers here are fantastic and very good about getting the kids excited about the arts. Several kids from my daughters school go here with her and they all adore it!

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

artists, dancers, photographers

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

reach out to even more children and have an even larger facility.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Hope Stone is such a nurturing place for artists of all ages. My 9 year old has enjoyed their fantastic free KIDS PLAY program (something we couldn't afford without the scholarship) and I have enjoyed drum lessons. Jane is passionate about the arts which inspires the children -- as do her productions on the big stage. They see her onstage and then get to leap up there themselves in their own productions. We love Hope Stone!

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

the enthusiastic feeling I get everytime I walk through the door. The entire staff is passionate about the arts -- in fact, we see them supporting arts events throughout the community. It's truly a family experience for us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Hopestone has been a wonderful addition to our program at Krause RTC. We are a facility that serves 65 teenagers from child protective services and the juvenile department of probation. So many of our kids are gifted in the arts but have never had oppurtunities to learn and grow in this area. Hopestone helps to expand their horizons, strengthen their skills, and gives them something positive to cling to in times of struggle. What they do is described best in the words of one of our 15 year old boys who participates in dance. "At the start of class I was frustrated, but now that its over I feel my negative feelings have been erased and replaced by positive ones" Thank you for supporting our kids! Krause Children's Center Katy, TX

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

I have watched numerous chldren participate in Hopestone over the past two years and each one comes a way with a gift. Some learn they have strengths and talents they wouldn't have epxected, others find positive coping skills to replace drugs and cutting

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

Watching the kids try new things- step outside their comfort zones and expand their horizons.

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

Always kind, talented in their fields, timely and consistence. They are wonderful role models for our kids.

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

Reach out to even more kids and help change their lives.

Ways to make it better...

We had more time.

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

Funding and time

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

Hopestone is a blessing that everyone should have a chance to try.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Hope Stone says yes. My son has autism. He has a severe speech delay and trouble with motor skills, but he has the heart of an artist. He gets to dance, act, make music and make friends at Hope Stone because they accept everyone. There are a few children that don't have learning differences who go to school with him and are also in his dance class. I know that their getting to see him at Hope Stone makes them more accepting of him at school because they've seen him shine there.

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

they love my son.

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

creative, energetic, kind.

Ways to make it better...

found them sooner!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Hope Stone is the ideal setting for my daughter. The staff are working artists who share their skills, passion for their art, and most importantly their work ethic with students. While learning their art and having fun young students begin to understand that their is a component of hard work and perseverance that is required.

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

my daughter's view of life. She is positive about not only her art but also her school. She is willing to work hard to achieve her goals. I attribute this in great part to her Hope Stone experience.

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

their can do attitude.

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

dedicated, professional, and extremely knowledgeable.

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

change the lives of trillions children and make the world a better place. Learning the value of hard work and cooperation builds a strong society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

The Kids Play program at Hope Stone has been fantastic for my child who has been attending for several years. Being part of the program has given her confidence and grace. Without the scholarship opportunities there is no way we would be able to participate.

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

my child's overall demeanor.

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

the amazing programs put on at the end of the season. the kind people who work with the children.

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

warm, open, caring.

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

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have attended yoga classes over the past several years at Hope Stone Inc., as well as attended ballet classes before that. The quality of instruction is excellent; the environment is always high quality; teachers and staff who work and volunteer there are professional AND fun to work with. Classes offered change over time, so there is a steady variety of classes to choose from...as well as the popular favorites that so many students enjoy.

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

the results...curious...my body and mind benefit from attending classes and coming into contact with the lovely people connected to this organization.

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

The emails provide great info, but I could do without tongue-in-cheek humor in written information? Too many words to wade through...

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

Consistent growth and quality in all facets of their effort.

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

Helpful and enthusiastic.

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

Sprout wings. More outreach. 'Owner' (?) could take a vacation. Improve sound system for dance classes.

Ways to make it better...

They moved the studio closer to my house! (Driving in Houston is so dull.)

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

Houston.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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