Hope Stone Dance Returns for a 20th Birthday Performance 

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Hope Stone Dance Returns for a 20th Birthday Performance 

“Collective+Hope” joins Hope Stone Dance and community partners from The Hope Project

Houston, TX (February 20, 2018) – Hope Stone celebrates its 20th Anniversary presenting Collective+Hope, an evening performance of unity and hope, demonstrating we all possess artistry no matter our backgrounds or circumstance as Hope Stone Dance returns to the stage with four community partners from Hope Stone’s arts education program The Hope Project.

Hope Stone Dance brings back its joyful “squared dancer” (2012), a good ol’ hoedown that joins the performers with music composed and performed by Marc Hennessey; an excerpt from “coolest news on planet earth, chapter 1” (2017), a duet with Brit Wallis and guest artist Christopher Gray (appearing courtesy of Houston Ballet); and the pièce de résistance “steak tartare” (The Cooking Show, 2005) bringing Jane Weiner back to the stage with former company members Susan Blair and Penny Tschirhart.

Jane Weiner’s “squared dancer” is quite possibly the most beautiful 25 minutes of movement to have come out of the Houston dance community in recent years. In a world filled with bigotry and prejudice, “squared dancer” imagined a time when a communal hoedown can jubilantly begin.

– Houston Press

Also performing are community partners from The Hope Project: students from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston in a powerful percussion performance, senior citizens from Brookdale West University dancing with High School for the Performing and Visual Arts students, and Browning Elementary students on violin and in spoken word monologues.

The Hope Project currently serves over 1,100 students, ages 2-99 years, The Hope Project reaches diverse populations through music, dance and theater classes. This mindful arts education program has expanded from its beginnings of 20 children and now impacts homeless youth, the elderly, physically and intellectually disabled children and veterans. The goal is to foster creative citizens who learn teamwork, compassion and problem-solving abilities that are essential to the success of our growing communities and businesses.

“I am filled with gratitude as Hope Stone marks 20 years of art-filled teaching, creating and presenting,” remarked Jane Weiner, Hope Stone, Inc.’s Founder & Director. “Reflecting back on our first arts education classes and the dance works created, it is an honor after 20 years to remain a vital part of Houston’s art and arts education community. Collective+Hope is truly an evening that embodies our vision – Art for All.”



March 9, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall

800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

Tickets: www.thehobbycenter.org or call 713.315.2525



Hope Stone, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization consisting of the choreographic endeavors of Artistic Director Jane Weiner through Hope Stone Dance, a professional modern dance company, and The Hope Project, an arts education outreach program that reaches underserved populations in Houston.  Founded in 1997, Hope Stone strives to unlock the innate creativity of children and adults through the performing arts.  Hope Stone is located at 2726 Bissonnet St, Suite #240-513, Houston, TX 77005. For more information, visit http://www.hopestoneinc.org or call 713-526-1907.

Hope Stone is grateful to the following sponsors and foundations: Brown Foundation, Charity Guild of Catholic Women, Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Dance Source Houston, Wayne Duddlesten Foundation, The Fant Foundation, Favrot Fund, The Fender Music Foundation, Fondren Foundation, Twilight and Marc Freedman Foundation, Frost Bank, The Hobby Center Foundation, Hollister-Clagett Family Foundation, The Holthouse Foundation for Kids, Houston Arts Alliance, Jennings Dincans Charitable Fund, The Kaplan Family Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, McCrea Foundation, The Nugent Foundation, The John M. O’Quinn Foundation, Sequoia Foundation, The Simmons Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Women for the Arts.

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