Best Dance Company Houston 2008 - Hope Stone
Most Houston arts companies would say that they want people of every color, size, age, gender, ethnicity and ability in their audience. Hope Stone goes one better and puts people of every color, size, age, gender, ethnicity and ability onstage, too. Choreographer/artistic director/resident janitor Jane Weiner (hey, that's her joke, not ours) is the driving force behind the dance company and school, and it's her "everybody's welcome" philosophy that guides the group. Hope Stone most recently premiered Weiner's ballet SEE ME at Wortham Center with a cast that included a child, a blind man, a pregnant woman and a prima ballerina. It was a highlight of the Houston arts season.