Patty & Juwan

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Patty Lambert

Civic Leader,

Many words could describe the multiple facets of this Gemini, but two highest on the list are Passion and Purpose.  Patty feels passionate about many things in life, some being food, drink, faith, equality, bettering the world, love of family and friends (not necessarily in that order).  One specific passion near and dear to her heart is the integration of quality arts education into the formative years of a child’s life. Patty has witnessed transformation and a sense of purpose in others from the power of creative and innovative thinking through music, visual art, performance and composition.  Personally, it has given her a voice (a quite loud one at times) and confidence to speak up for what is right.  She has seen children in all areas of our community, including her own, given a new route to success and higher education through their experience with the arts and specifically, with the help of Community School of the Arts (CSA), as well as Charlotte Ballet.  Patty’s experience with CSA has been over a 13-year span as a parent, a volunteer, and for the past 5 years as a member of their Board of Directors.   Anyone who has been around her as she talks about CSA clearly sees her passion for and belief in this organization, which provides top-notch quality arts education to ALL regardless of their circumstances.  If a person wants to learn, CSA will teach!

Patty was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in and around Charlotte and educated at UNC-Chapel Hill.  She used the platform of Oral History and Theater to center her Honor’s thesis on America’s homeless and their life stories.  After graduation she moved to London and worked for MacWorld Magazine.  Not a stranger to raising money (but still not a big fan!), Patty settled in Charlotte and worked for National Kidney Foundation and, later, NationsBank.  For the past 21 years, Patty has concentrated her time in a variety of volunteer and civic organizations throughout North Carolina while raising 3 boys (Alec 21, Louis 19, and Nate 15) with her husband, Chris, of 25 years. Don’t feel sorry for Patty having all that testosterone in her household – she loves being Queen….albeit NOT the Dancing Queen.

Speaking of ABBA, recent Board members of Community School of the Arts took advantage of Patty’s passion and purpose and badgered her to dance for her favorite non-profit, CSA.  The pressure was unceasing and relentless.  Patty caved …for the purpose of her passion…to see lives transformed and communities inspired through outstanding and accessible arts education.

A few fun facts about Patty: 

Youth Dancing Experience: One Ballet/Jazz/Tap class when she was 4 years old

Current Dancing Experience: Inappropriate, middle-aged “mom dancing” at concerts.

Dancing Awards: Queen Valentine of the 7th grade February Cotillion Class.

Memorable Moment: During a trip to NYC, Patty, her mom, and niece spent time with the late actor/comedian Robin Williams in his dressing room after his Broadway show, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

Childhood Dream Job:  Professional actor, not dancer….actor.  A plea to the audience on March 3…please be kind!!


  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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Juwan Alston

Hometown: Round Rock, TX
Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 3

Juwan began dancing at the age of 15 at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX. He was awarded the Senior Hip-Hop Scholarship at the Texas Association of Teachers Dancing Inc. convention in June 2012. He began serious study of ballet at Dancers Workshop in Austin, TX. In 2013, he attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on scholarship. He then attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2014, where he performed in ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Susan Jaffe, and Ethan Stiefel. Currently, he serves as a Professional Mentor for Texas Future Dance Educators, Guest Faculty for the UNC School of the Arts Preparatory Dance Program, and a freelance master teacher/coach. Since joining Charlotte Ballet in 2015, he has performed in ballets by Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden, Alonzo King, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Sasha Janes, David Ingram, and Mark Diamond.

A few fun facts about Juwan:

Dancing Since: Age 15

Favorite vacation spot: The Bahamas were pretty great, but I want to continue exploring to find that one extra special place

Favorite thing about Charlotte: I love how vibrant the city is. It’s my first time living in a metro-type area, so I’m very excited to explore all that Charlotte has to offer

Advice for aspiring dancers: “Don’t give up, no matter how hard it gets. Keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to say yes.”

Community School of the Arts

Community School of the Arts demonstrates that arts education transforms the human spirit and improves our region’s quality of life. CSA unleashes the creativity of future generations and brings joy, confidence and a sense of accomplishment to its students. CSA takes pride in actively nurturing Charlotte’s future innovators, leaders and arts enthusiasts.

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