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.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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1 person found this review helpful

Hopestone is a organization that believes in art for all.

I am a strong believer that all should have the opportunity to heal, learn and grow through art. Hopestone is an organization that has allowed me to share and teach dance to others. In the process I have found that when people are finished with the dance class they are excited that they have the opportunity to dance, express themselves and learn. Usually they express to me that they are glad that dance classes exist and that they try to go to gyms and work out but it doesn't feel as good for the body.

Children in my experience have the same experience., minus the gym part They enjoy the creative choices in a structured environment. I have seen growth and joy from big to smalll!

Everyone progresses at their own rate and all victories are celebrated and acknowledged in this art and dance organization. This I find is different from any other of its kind in Houston.

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

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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I moved back to Houston with the intention of moving to New York City after I saved up some money. On my journey I needed to keep my dancing skills intact and found Hopestone. I started by taking class, then I started to volunteer, then I was asked to help with the childerns programs, then I was asked to be a company member and teach technique class.

Not only do I have the opportunity to change lives through dance in Houston but I have found a place that has allowed me to do so with such ease.

I currently have no intention on moving and look forward to growing with and in this community called Hopestone.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Hopestone is not just a dance studio but a center for the arts. I came back to Houston after Graduating from college and was looking for a place to continue my dance education. I went to many different places around Houston and I felt like Hopestone had the types and level of classes that would help me in continuing to grow as an artist. I eventually became a volunteer, a outreach/Hopestone Kids assistant teacher, a modern teacher, and a dance company member of Hopestone. Besides the high caliber of programs and classes at Hopestone, I call it my Arts home because of the caring, passionate, talented people I have connected with there. -Jackie

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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I became an intern at Hope Stone right after I graduated from college and moved to Houston 2 years ago. At this time I did not have a job yet in the Houston area, but I knew Hope offered a welcoming start to jump into the Houston arts community. It is a place I can go to take class; to continue growing as an artist, to come back to my center, and to be with others who share my love for learning about movement. Jane has had a huge impact on my dance education since college. She and the entire Hope Stone staff have such a generous, genuine, and positive energy. One of the most positive programs that this organization has in effect is HopeWerks; a residency program that allows young and growing artists the opportunity to use the space for artistic creation and production. I have been a part of 2 HopeWerks so far and have applied for the opportunity to have my own residency. Hope Stone is definitely an asset to the Houston arts community. It is one of the few organizations in Houston in which I have felt at home.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I started going to Hope Stone about a year ago right after graduating from college and joined the company. The classes offered are great and I always fall in love with all the instructors. Not only the classes and instructors are great, the staff at Hope Stone are very nice and friendly as well. Overall, this place is full of love and warm people. Going to the Hope studio is now a part of my daily routine. I can't start a day without taking a class there.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Hope Stone not only fills our lives with art through wonderful performances and classes for both children and adults, but provides a to go place for the former dancer who enjoys working out in a caring, loving, easy going, welcoming, always improving environment like their's.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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I first started taking class at HopeStone a few years ago participating in the adult dance program, I was immediately impress by the level of their instructors and the welcoming atmosphere. A year ago I had to go through foot surgery and was unable to dance for a while, Jane suggested a few classes a could participate on with a cast on my foot that would help me stay in shape and aid my recovery, I loved the classes and I have kept coming back to them in addition to ballet now. The diversity and quality of the classes offered is again impressive. On the other hand the wonderful job they do with the children and with their performing company is what every city needs to keep the arts alive and thriving.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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It is hard to find only a few words to describe the awesome force that is Hope Stone, Inc. From the moment I stepped into the studio with the Hope Stone Family, I knew that I too had come home. From the smell of freshly made coffee to the laughter of children ages 2-92, there is never an uninspired moment in this amazing space.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2011

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I was welcomed into the Hopestone fold with loving, open arms and made to feel at home right away. I am a musical accompanist for modern and improv dance classes at Hopestone for both children and adults, and have recently joined the teaching staff. Jane Weiner sets an incredible tone of inclusiveness and participation in what goes on at Hopestone, whether it be novice adult dancers, or children learning drums, theatre, or dance.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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This organization's ability to create community through the arts is amazing! Hope Stone Kids nourishes the needs of children through arts education. Cultivating Creative Thinkers in all parts of our city. I know young adults who took class throughout their childhood and continue to take class and volunteer at Hope Center. This is a very special organization this is changing the way we value arts education.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I serve as a teacher, student, stage manager and superfan of Hope Stone. Everyone is accepted there. The kids are learning peace and humanity through arts discipline. It's beautiful to watch. The Company of dancers are amazing people and artists. Jane Weiner is a powerful force of GOOD. The board of directors have a vision that serves our community through enriching us with new performances and growing new artists that will be balanced and peaceful people.

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

The peaceful community feeling that is there. Watching the kids grow into their power.

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About every week

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2010-2-01

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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.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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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.

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About every week

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2010-2-01

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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.

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A lot

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Definitely

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2012

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I moved back to Houston 2 years ago and found my home at Hope Stone. It is not often that I can recommend both beginners and professionals to the same studio but this is the case with Hope Stone as they have an incredible teaching staff tha is able to teach all levels. Their resident professional dance company Hope Stone Dance presents work of the highest caliber every season and their children's and Teen Programs are constantly producing great young talent! Do yourself a huge favor and find out more about Hope Stone, you'll be glad you did!

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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