Hope Stone reaches hundreds of children a year with mindful arts education taught by passionate, seasoned professional artists in multiple disciplines. The instructors teach love, respect, self discipline, and countless other invaluable life skills while providing the highest quality instruction. The joy of a Hope Stone classroom is indescribable.
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."
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 take classes in the adult ballet program at Hope Stone. The organization provides first-rate instruction that is on par with what Houston Ballet offers through its adult program and I am happy to support it by taking class there and making the occasional donation. It's the programs for children and youth, though, that really set Hope apart. While waiting for my own class to begin, I've been able to listen in on some of the youth classes. What they are getting from those programs cannot be measured. The philosophy is that everyone is entitled to experience art, and Hope makes it happen.
I work with a Girl Scout troop in Houston's Third Ward and Hope Stone graciously came to our rescue when we were working on some dancing skills. They were delightful to work with coordinating the scheduling of the meeting, and then an absolute joy on the "big day!" Our little girls, for those moments, felt like true dancers. It was something I will never forget. Thank you Jane, Roberta, and Hope Stone!
Three of my children attended Hope Stone last year and loved it! They have s great variety of classes and wonderful teachers. It was such a wonderful experience for them. Unfortunately we live far from the studio and since the classes for my childrens ages fall on different days of the week only or oldest returned this year for Youth Sound. That being said my 13 year old son absolutely looks forward to class every week!
My 11 1/2 year old daughter has had a great experience. Hope Stone has helped build her confidence, she's made friends she wouldn't have made elsewhere and she's developing mentored relationships with a variety of adults. While the program itself is age appropriate and process oriented, the final performance is very polished. I feel my daughter has learned a lot about behaving professionally in a supportive and inclusive environment. We couldn't afford this without the scholarship. Hope Stone is a great resources for the community and a great community to be a part of.
These reviews look totally fake. Almost all of the 90 reviews to date were posted in a month, back in 2010. Fifty three of them were posted in 5 days! But there's been nothing recent. So someone from the owner sat in front of the computer everyday and posted bogus, glowing reviews? Is this place good, or should I stay away. I'm totally suspicious at this point
Thank you for posting about our organization. I can understand the impression you received, and want to assure you that all the posts on this site are legitimate and from our clients and parents. The time period the posts were submitted was as a result of our organization routing the link to our constituents and encouraging them to post their experiences and thoughts about Hope Stone. I would like to encourage you to visit our Studio and participate in a free class of your choice to form a first-hand opinion of Hope Stone. Our class listings can be found under "class schedule" on our home page at www.hopestoneinc.org. - Amy Pearl, Managing Director
My daughter took classes at Hope Stone for nearly four years, and received a scholarship each year. She was treated with respect and love, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Not only did her self-esteem and appreciation for art grow, but she developed an awareness of the importance of diversity. The staff are amazing, as is the leadership. I definitely recommend Hope Stone to those searching for an opportunity to unleash the "hidden artist" in us all.
My child attends Hope Stone on scholarship and absolutely loves it! I hear geat positive feedback and am very thankful and please with Hope Stone. One of the acutal comments is " I can be myself, I don't have to act ghetto. I can talk and be comfortable". Wow, what a great testomonial!
Hope Stone loves getting its hands dirty in the community, spreading arts appreciation and fun for children of all ages. I thoroughly loved participating in their programs and continue to do so whenever I can. Their name could not be more apt - they bring hope and joy, and they have a groundedness and stability that makes everyone feel accepted and valued.
Hope Stone is a remarkable place. Upon entering the studio, the creative energy is palpable. Jane Weiner, the director,is a rare and unique talent. Not only is she an innovative choreographer, she is also an exceptionally gifted teacher and a truly generous spirit with an enduring commitment to the arts and their ability to cultivate peace and humanity in the world . Her capacity to inspire others, especially young people is tremendous. The kid's classes provide a joyful and supportive environment where kids can express themselves, explore their own creativity and collaborate with others. Everyone at Hope Stone has been wonderful. I feel very fortunate that both my daughter and I have the opportunity to learn from professional artists who are so passionate and dedicated.