Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

BergenPAC Students Dance At Carnegie Hall In A NIGHT OF INSPIRATION

Dance students from the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC will take the stage at Carnegie Hall as part of A Night of Inspiration.

BergenPAC Students Dance At Carnegie Hall In A NIGHT OF INSPIRATION

Dance students from the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC will take the stage at Carnegie Hall as part of A Night of Inspiration.

The event features a mix of music, dance, and spoken word performances from diverse traditions. The production will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium and is led by acclaimed producer, composer, and music director Ray Chew, and co-produced with his wife and business partner Vivian Scott Chew, a global music marketing executive.

Ray Chew has served as music director for American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, and Showtime at the Apollo, and produces special events like the Macy's Annual Fireworks display and Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting and a special supporting Broadway Cares - One Night Only: The Best of Broadway. He and Vivian also co-produced bergenPAC's 2021 virtual gala.

"Vivian and Ray Chew are friends, board members at bergenpac, and advocates for arts education, bringing exceptional experiences for all audiences," Alexander Diaz, Executive Director at bergenPAC, said. "We are honored and humbled to be part of this amazing event."

The students train at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC with Dance Director, Roberta Mathes, ballet teacher, Yucari Kobayashi, and their stellar NYC professional faculty.

"How excited we are to have this amazing opportunity for our ensemble dancers! It's going to be an exhilarating experience to perform live at Carnegie Hall with the phenomenal Ray Chew, his 64-piece orchestra and a choir of 150 voices," Mathes said. "We are so grateful to be a part of this collaborative evening of song, dance & inspiration!"

The evening will feature an all-star roster of artists from around the globe, including Regina Belle, Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Jekalyn Carr, Olen Cesari, Anthony Hamilton, Donald Lawrence, Cantor Azi Schwartz, and Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Dancing with the Stars veteran Val Chmerkovskiy will also perform an original dance number to show solidarity with his fellow Ukrainians suffering through the war with Russia.

Mathes will provide choreography and the students from The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC participating are:

Raphaella Bamonte, Tenafly

Maia Brown, Teaneck

Soleil Carayol, Cliffside Park

Naama Faitelson, Englewood

Zahara Grady, Englewood

Gabriela Guadalupe, North Bergen

Makayla La Bode, Paramus

Kana Lee Torres, Fort Lee



The Emmy Award–Winning Comedian, Samantha Bee Returns To NJPAC This April Photo
Due to popular demand, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) adds second show to see Emmy Award -winning Comedian, Samantha Bee who will bring trademark satirical comedy to the stage on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8th at 8 PM.

The Middletown Arts Center Presents SEUSSICAL, Produced By The MAC Players Photo
The MAC PLAYERS, Middletown Arts Center's community theater group, kicks off its 2023 season with Seussical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!

Mayo Performing Arts Center Presents DISNEYS WINNIE THE POOH: THE NEW MUSICAL STAGE ADAPTA Photo
Disney's Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation, created and directed by Jonathan Rockefeller, will be arriving at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown for two performances on Saturday, March 18 at 1 pm and 5 pm.  Tickets are $19-$39. 

Andrew Lloyd Webbers CATS Will Play Mayo Performing Arts Center From, March 10-March  Photo
One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Morristown's Mayo Performing Arts Center from Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12.


More Hot Stories For You


Come In From The Cold For A Night Of Laughs At The COMEDY CORNER At Township TheatreCome In From The Cold For A Night Of Laughs At The COMEDY CORNER At Township Theatre
February 7, 2023

Joey Callahan will be headlining the next comedy show at the Comedy Corner at Township Theatre on Saturday February 18 at 9:00 PM. Joey has performed at comedy clubs and casinos across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

THE SECRET GARDEN Comes to Music Mountain TheatreTHE SECRET GARDEN Comes to Music Mountain Theatre
February 7, 2023

The enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style. The Secret Garden will be presented on weekends from February 3 - 19, with a total of 12 performances. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM.

THE ROSENBERG/STRANGE FRUIT PROJECT Comes to the New Jersey Repertory CompanyTHE ROSENBERG/STRANGE FRUIT PROJECT Comes to the New Jersey Repertory Company
February 7, 2023

New Jersey Repertory Company will present The Rosenberg/Strange Fruit Project written by John Jiler and directed by Margarett Perry. The play stars John Jiler and clarinetist, Lee Odom. Performances run March 9 through April 2, Thursdays & Fridays 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm

ONLY HUMAN Comes to Vivid Stage This MonthONLY HUMAN Comes to Vivid Stage This Month
February 7, 2023

Vivid Stage, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, will present Only Human: Stories of Connection from February 23 through March 5. The evening is made up of seven short plays by the playwrights Barbara Blumenthal-Erlich, Laura Ekstrand, Steve Harper, Stephen Kaplan, Mark Harvey Levine, Matthew Weaver and David Lee White.

Leading Artists Perform, Discuss, and Celebrate Author Philip Roth at Weekend-Long Festival Next MonthLeading Artists Perform, Discuss, and Celebrate Author Philip Roth at Weekend-Long Festival Next Month
February 7, 2023

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the anchor cultural institution for the city of Newark and the state of New Jersey, in collaboration with the Newark Public Library, will present PHILIP ROTH UNBOUND, a weekend-long festival that will celebrate, challenge and explore the life, legacy and work of novelist and Newark-native Philip Roth, on what would have been his 90th birthday weekend.