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Hope Stone Inc
February 3, 2010

I am a former professional dancer who takes ballet classes at Hope Stone. I continue to be impressed with the organization and Jane Weiner, its director. Each time I walk into the Hope Stone studios, I enter a world where everyone is friendly, welcoming, encouraging, and inclusive. The dance world can be very intimidating and during the course of my career, I have never found an environment as warm as Hope Stone. When class is over, I literally don’t want to leave. Hope Stone has an incredibly talented team of instructors who take a genuine interest in the students. When I watch the teachers interact with the children in Kids Play, I am absolutely amazed at the level of patience, compassion, and encouragement given. The children love their Hope Stone experience. I see the delight in their eyes when they arrive. Each child is treated as if he/she is special. Not only do the children have a blast, but they leave with a renewed sense of self-worth. It is a joy to watch these children as their personalities explode and their spirits soar. Through its programs, Hope Stone has fostered an environment where everyone flourishes regardless of age, race, ability, socio-economic background, etc. I have seen only positive results in my own dancing since attending classes there. I am appreciative that Jane continues to strive for higher standards each and every day. The results of her efforts are evident in the quality of the facilities, instruction, productions, and overall growth. Hope Stone has definitely raised the bar in the promotion of arts and culture in the Houston.

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

very helpful, knowledgeable, and dedicated.

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

1)expand its goal of providing year-round arts education and mental health improvement for at risk youth, 2)build larger studios, and 3)reach a broader audience by touring and performing in other cities/states.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I am a former professional dancer who takes ballet classes at Hope Stone.