Kobi & Addul

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Kobi Kennedy Brinson

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Kobi Kennedy Brinson moved to Charlotte in 1997 from Columbia, SC where she lived for a short time after graduating from Harvard Law School.  Ten years later, she fell in love with Charlotte Ballet after seeing a performance featuring the West Charlotte High drumline.  In 2010, Kobi founded the Step Up Soiree which has raised over $100,000 for the recruitment, training and development of dancers of color.  She was an active member of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2015, and is currently a dedicated patron and subscriber.

In her professional life, Kobi is a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, which is an international law firm serving clients across the globe.  She defends clients in regulatory enforcement actions, as well as class action litigation.  As a part of Winston’s commitment to pro bono service, Kobi works on behalf of children through the Guardian Ad Litem’s office on appellate matters, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont on issues related to immigrant minors.

Kobi serves on the Trinity Episcopal School Board of Trustees and The Arts Empowerment Project Advisory Board, and is a member of Jack and Jill of America. Inc., The Girl Friends, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She and husband, Ron, have two children and a devoted dog named Mike the Dog who all love her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her favorite pastimes are being a Soccer/Golf/Gymnastics Mom, collecting art, and, of course, dancing – which she does whenever and wherever possible.

Before joining the corporate world, she represented indigent clients, so dancing on behalf of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte (LANC) combines her passion for ballet and helping people who need legal assistance to meet their basic needs.


  1. John & Sarah: $66,080.00
  2. Patty & Juwan: $19,970.00
  3. Gene & Sarah: $9,240.00
  4. Jennifer & Drew: $9,125.00
  5. Kandi & James: $3,255.00
  6. David & Elizabeth: $2,625.00
Total Raised: $110,295.00

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Addul Manzano

Hometown: Santiago De Cuba, Cuba
Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 10

Addul began his training at 11, attending the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. He was later selected to join The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso. Since moving to the United States, he has danced with BALLETNY, Columbia City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Terpsicorps and Washington Ballet. He has performed numerous principal roles including George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo and The Four Temperaments; Jonathan Harker in Dracula; Prince Charming in Cinderella; and Snow King and Sugar Plum Cavalier in Nutcracker. Some of Addul’s favorite performances include George Balanchine’s Rubies, Alonzo King’s SALT and Dwight Rhoden’s Artifice.

A few fun facts about Addul:

Why he dances: For love and to inspire others

Favorite outdoor activity: “I love to go for hikes with my family.”

Favorite choreographers: George Balanchine and Marius Petipa

Favorite thing about Charlotte: “The amazing green parks and wonderful community.”

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont & Legal Aid of NC-Charlotte

The Access to Justice Campaign raises funds for LSSP and LANC, which together ensure a full measure of justice for those in need in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties by providing vital legal advice and representation for people who can’t afford to pay an attorney to help guide them through the civil justice system during a crisis.  LSSP and LANC serve families, children and individuals in our community, people like seniors, veterans, disabled individuals and immigrants looking to the legal system when their livelihoods and wellbeing are threatened.  Assistance provided by LSSP and LANC ensures that everyone in our community has the same opportunity for justice and to meet their basic needs relating to safety, health and stability.

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