Dr. James Johnson and Patricia Lambert

Supporting: Dancing with the Big Sky Stars 2020 for Big Sky Senior Services, Inc.



James B. Johnson, M.D.-Celebrity Dancer

Dr. Johnson was born in Tacoma, WA and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. He attended Westminster College of Salt Lake City and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He worked for several years at the University of Utah in an immunology research laboratory before pursuing a medical career, graduating from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2014.  He completed his internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center the following year, and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in 2018. His wife has a Ph.D. in exercise physiologist and is a former Asia Olympics skier. They enjoy travel, board games, and dance. They have a new baby as of 2019 who keeps them busy.

Why did you want to participate in this competition?

I enjoy dancing, and it’s hard to beat doing so for a good cause.

One interesting fact that most people don't know about you.

I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Who is a senior in your life that has been an inspiration to you, why?

My later maternal grandmother, Elaine, who lived into her mid 90s and was in her own home the entire time.  Even later in life when she needed some help, she was still out doing yard work with a walker, shooing deer away from the flowers, and chasing squirrels away from the bird feeder.  She was a a great example of independent living as a senior.

Patricia Lambert-Instructor

Patricia Lambert is the owner of Dancing With Patricia, LLC.  Patricia first fell in love with partner dance in the eighth grade when she and her now husband, Jarrett Lambert, performed together for the first time to “Tale As Old As Time” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

After studying locally and nationally with a variety of instructors in ballroom, Latin, swing, and country, and having assisted in organizing dance classes and events beginning in 2010, Patricia began teaching regularly in the Billings community in 2012. 

Nationwide training in dance, dance education, private and large group coaching techniques, and dance physiology, as well as her degree with specialization in education, have provided Patricia an ability to work with a broad spectrum of learning styles, physical limitations, and abilities. Her studio emphasizes two specialties: west coast swing and training with wedding couples.  Patricia’s SwingKidz program is in its fourth season and is open to students ages three to twenty-four, and her adult program ranges to all ages and ability levels.

This is Patricia's 5th year as an instructor for Dancing with the Big Sky Stars.

Who is a senior in your life that have been an inspiration to you, why?

My grandparents were my best friends growing up... I learned about cooking, crocheting, knitting, and coffee dates from my grandma, and I loved

beach time and watching the history channel with my grandpa.  They were a huge part of my childhood and growing up!


We are dancing in honor of Joe, a client of Big Sky Senior Services.

Jo is 91 years old and he has lived in his home for over 30 years. He owned the Conoco service station at the corner of 24th Street West and Grand Avenue for 20 years before going into custom woodworking building garages and doing home remodeling.

He still has a passion for woodworking and you will find him in his shop working on his latest woodworking project and on the weekends you will find him on the dance floor, dancing a Waltz or Foxtrot. But with his failing eyesight he looks forward to having the staff from Big Sky Senior Services come to his home and help him clean his house every week. We are honored to dance for Joe.

Dancing with the Big Sky Stars 2020 is unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19. People's Choice voting will remain open through April 17th. We are so thankful for the dance teams dedication and support! 

If you would like a ticket or table refund please email

Photos taken by Patricia Marie Photography.

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