Our Way to H.O.P.E Christmas Event

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Our Way to Hope 2nd annual Christmas Event

Our Way to H.O.P.E. is an organization run by Karen Pena...Julie Mantari's mom. Last year, Julie started asking questions about how she could help out the homeless and the underprivileged families in the area....and so this organization was created! Here is some information on the About page on the Our Way to H.O.P.E website:

"Our Way to H.O.P.E. was founded in December 2015 to help those in need. We are a section 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. We know first-hand the struggles and obstacles thousands of people face in the city of Paterson and we are committed to do anything we can to mediate those concerns. Our first Christmas program in 2015 was able to feed over 120 people and we were able to donate bags of clothes and gifts to all those who attended. The joy and excitement during our Christmas event inspired us to continue our work and establish an organization which strives to assist the most vulnerable among us."


Thursday, December 22, 2016

6:45 pm: Dancers arrive. We will promptly set up and be ready to perform at 7:30. The show will run approximately 20 minutes.


Father English Community Center

435 Main Street

Paterson, NJ



FREE for dancers. 

We are currently getting ticket pricing information for any families who wish to attend the entire event.


  • Criss-cross leotard
  • Tan dance tights and dance boots (Seniors, bring ballet slippers/pointe shoes)
  • Hair in a low bun.
  • Light make-up (not as bright as stage make-up), RED lipstick.
  • Rhinestone headband
  • Holiday Costume


Each participant:

  • must have good attendance to their weekly Performance Team class
  • have good attendance in their other weekly dance classes
  • must attend the scheduled dress rehearsal(s) on Thursday, December 8th & Saturday, December 10th.


Form at the studio to be signed by Monday, October 17th.


Gotta Dance has a minimum participant requirement. We reserve the right to cancel the event if we do not meet the required number of participants. Each dancer must be accompanied by an adult chaperone that evening throughout the performance.  

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