Photos of the Month - June 2018

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Although we LOVE all of our participants at I LOVE DANCE, we select a few to highlight each and every month.

Additionally, we LOVE meeting Celebrities and people whose achievements and creativity qualifies them for special recognition.

We hope you'll check each month to see who we feature -- all deserving a huge round of applause!

BRAVO and THANK YOU to those whom we are delighted to show our extra appreciation...
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June 2018
Performance Photo Of The Month
“Glamorous Life”
Front Row: Olivia Briganti, Carissa Berman, Phoenixx Brito, Gabriella Kuchefski
Middle Row: Kadence Cook, Gianna Caputo, Delainey Doyle, Jadyn Buchanan, Kylee DiSanto
Back Row: Coreena Barkley, Natalie Lucas, Emma Mehlberger, Riley Fanelli
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Overall High Score / 12 - 14 Age Division
Dance Teacher: Justine Reeves
Vanzant Dance Academy
Jessica Cieri & Justine Reeves, Directors

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June 2018
Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
Bay City, Michigan
Liliana Jean Czapiewski
Dance Teacher: Brianna Wilson
On Pointe School Of Dance
Christy Sierakowski and Brianna Wilson, Directors

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June 2018
Teacher Photo Of The Month
Dallas, Texas
Sheena Laramore with Guest Judge, Donna Grant
Sheena’s Dance Academy
Sheen Laramore, Director

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June 2018
Celebrity Photo Of The Month

Debbi Halfhill with Kim McKimmie

Debbi Halfhill owned and directed Debbi's Dance Etc in Washington State from 1976 until 2008, when she moved to Las Vegas. During those 32 years in Olympia, her amazing choreography won numerous high-scoring awards at I LOVE DANCE and she trained more former Sweethearts and HeartThrobs than any Dance Studio in the United States.

Kim commented, “She has to her credit more working professional Dancers than any Dance Teacher I've ever met - anywhere - from any Dance Studio in the United States. This is really saying something and is a huge testament to her ability to TEACH DANCE and MORE - by teaching Dancers the skill-set for a career in the Performing Arts. A Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Miss Debbi because of her many achievements and because I am a FAN!”

Now, with it being the 40th Anniversary of ILD, it was a “real kick” to reflect on all the fun times we’ve had and how vital a role Debbi Halfhill has always played on a local and regional level with I LOVE DANCE and for many, many years, Nationally as well. She spent 10 days or more with ILD every July for many years. Miss Debbi was a member of the Master Teaching Faculty for the Sweethearts and Heart Throbs when Kim McKimmie produced full floorshows with about 25 dance routines and Production Numbers with over 100 cast members. She was with ILD in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria and at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Nowadays, Miss Debbi works as Business Manager at Illusion Projects remaining in the world of showbiz, this time with a twist of magic. Working with magicians worldwide, Illusion Projects creates original illusions and stage props for shows on the Las Vegas Strip, Broadway, Cruise Ships throughout Europe and Asia. Debbi also performs all over Las Vegas with a 55+ dance group and volunteers with worthy causes like Dress For Success. She continues to guest teach in Las Vegas at former ILD Sweetheart, Heather Shanahan’s Dance Studio. She is super busy - like always - but took time to be with ILD at the Portland Competition during her former Dance Studio’s 10th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of ILD.

Kim said, “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Debbi handed the baton to Andrea Patton and Michelle Hager of whom we are both so proud for keeping the same professional standards. But then again, I can’t believe it’s been 40 years of ILD.”

The bottom line is Miss Debbi has had DANCE and LOVE at the forefront of everything she has accomplished her entire life. She is such a wonderful role model for young women and has more achievements than Kim McKimmie could recount in a brief presentation speech.

Debbi Halfhill is a real Celebrity and such a deserving recipient of an I LOVE DANCE Lifetime Achievement Award.
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