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Bonnie Schuetz at the DT Summit. Photo by Rachel Papo

"I still learn something every time I go to the Summit," says Dance Teacher Summit ambassador Bonnie Schuetz, who has operated Boni's Dance & Performing Arts Studio in the Houston, Texas, area for more than 30 years. "I think my favorite thing is just to sit around that roundtable and talk." At last year's, she gave a seminar talk on working with preschool-age dancers.

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Hope Stone Dance performs coolest news on planet earth, chapter 1, a work in progress at Moody Center for the Arts. Photos by Sam Gentry, courtesy of Hope Stone

When Jane Weiner and her team walk into Browning Elementary School in Houston, the kids yell, "Hope Stone is in the house." Weiner, founder and director of Hope Stone, Inc., jokes that the school teachers wish they received that kind of treatment. "They call it Hope Stone Day," she says, proud of the learning environment she has built at the school through The Hope Project.

ope Stone founder and director Jane Weiner. Photo by Simon Gentry, courtesy of Hope Stone

Browning Elementary is one of 11 sites that Hope Stone teaching artists visit during any given semester, to offer dance, music, drumming, theater—or any combination. Classes are free of charge for the students; some schools contribute for her services, while others are supported by grants, foundations and individual giving. Weiner is quick to point out, "We are not an after-school program. Our classes take place during the day as part of the curriculum."

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