Photos of the Month - July 2020
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...

Until we are actively producing Competitions again, we will be featuring a "Quote of The Month" as well as featuring inspirational content on our Facebook posts.
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    July 2020
    Quote Of The Month
    From Maya Angelou

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    Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

    An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director, but became most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright, and poet. One source of Angelou’s fame in the early 1990s was President Bill Clinton’s invitation to write and read an inaugural poem. Americans all across the country watched as she read “On the Pulse of Morning,” which begins “A Rock, a River, a Tree” and calls for peace, racial and religious harmony, and social justice for people of different origins, incomes, genders, and sexual orientations. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Oprah Winfrey, who has called Angelou a mentor says that “Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she did it all. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love.”
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    July 2020
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Jenn Vossmer

    After being an I LOVE DANCE Sweetheart from Ohio State (six times throughout her teens), Jenn Vossmer has built an astounding career as a dancer, showgirl, and choreographer for over 18 years all over the world. Through childhood, she studied with The Moving Company, with Ms. Cheryl Ohlemacher, and she started her professional journey touring with Kim McKimmie and The Sweethearts to Australia. Soon after, Royal Caribbean flew her to Finland to become part of the cast for one of their brand new ships. After cruising the Caribbean, Las Vegas called for her. She made the leap to move there and started performing in many shows throughout the years, including the famous iconic show “Siegfried & Roy”. From being a “SIREN” on a pirate ship at Treasure Island, to a burlesque dancer in “THE VAMPS”, to the lead dancer in “The Tony Perry Show” at the Paris Hotel and Casino... Vegas quickly became her home. Jenn’s performed with big names; Black Eyed Peas, Wayne Newton, Kenny Ortega, Sonya Tayeh, Shaquille O’Neil, Carrie Underwood, and Christina Aguilera. She has been in numerous magazines, newspapers, movies, videos, shows, and even books! The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association has named her an Ambassador, representing the city as part of a select elite group of women. They are the Showgirls for the city, taking pictures, being on the news, traveling, and sharing their knowledge of why Vegas is truly such a great place.

    Yes, traveling is one of the major perks Jenn has gotten to experience! Living in the Bahamas performing in “Jambalaya,” then to New Orleans performing as the lead dancer and headlining in a show called, “Thrillusions.” After that, she danced her way to Myrtle Beach to perform for the “Hard Rock Park.” There she also learned how to ride a Harley, execute some aerial work, and dive off of a 10 meter board while flipping in the air with a partner! Her aerial knowledge doing the lyra carried her to Greece. There she performed for one of their famous singers, Adonis Ramos,in the Athens Arena filled with thousands of people. Dance has literally taken Jenn around the world to many places including Istanbul (performing for the Ford family), Italy, Monte Carlo, Canada and Mexico.

    Jenn started out in the choreography world as an assistant choreographer, working on projects for Sega, Universal Studios Japan and Disney. Now she is the choreographer for one of the top agencies in Las Vegas called, “Alway’s Entertaining”. They specialize in industrial shows/ events for companies such as Toyota, Lexus, LaQuinta, MGM, State Farm and hundreds more, putting on shows for intimate crowds to rock star crowds of thousands. She is also the stage director for every show they do. From the lighting, singers, band and specialty acts... Jenn does it all! She was featured in a short film with Alway’s Entertaining about tourism in Vegas. Maddox & Calvin, her sons, made their debut in it!

    Speaking of her sons. Maddox is now 8, and Calvin is 5. They have grown up going to rehearsals, events, and shows with their mama. Jenn loves being able to share her love and passion with them and her boys are the stars of her show. Those two are the light in her world. This Showgirl Mama is living out her dreams, and sharing her passion with millions!

    Pictured: Jenn with Maddox and Calvin
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    July 2020
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Allison Meinert with ILD Staff member, LaTasha Tillman
    Allison’s Dance Center
    Allison Meinert, Director

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    July 2020
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    Kim McKimmie with Melissa Manchester

    In December, 2012, Kim attended a concert in Sydney where she was alternating between dancing out of her seat and crying. Actually crying due to the poignant artistry and pure magic of this amazing performer. The venue was a small club that was part of Miss Manchester’s Australian tour and it was surprisingly not sold out. (Amazing considering she once sold-out playing Carnegie Hall!) Regardless, she is a consummate professional who gave it her all for the small crowd and made Kim feel that she was singing to her personally.

    Of course, Kim knew all the words to every song and was in awe of her voice and piano-playing ability. Kim was also in awe of her beauty, style (she moves great on stage) and her friends. Thanks to technology, she introduced Barry Manilow (Melissa started out in the biz at a back-up singer for both Barry Manilow and Bette Midler before her solo career) who appeared on a huge screen to sing a duet with her. Likewise on screen was her friend and collaborator, the late Marvin Hamlisch, who greeted her audience.

    Not only is she beautiful - but NICE and has such a poetic soul within the MANY songs she has written. Melissa’s received TWO Grammy Award nominations and was awarded one for “Best Female Vocalist” in 1982. Two of her songs were motion picture theme songs and both were nominated for Academy Awards. She has starred on stage, television, screen and she co-starred with Bette Midler in the film For The Boys. She composed for Disney The Great Mouse Detective and co-wrote The Lady And The Tramp.

    What a mega-talented Singer/Songwriter and Actress! This native New Yorker now lives in Los Angeles and is an adjunct professor in the popular music program at the University Of Southern California. How lucky are her students?

    She recently was part of an online concert helping the City of Los Angeles with 100% of the proceeds going to the City of Los Angeles COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

    Although she has recorded over 20 CDs -- if you ever have the chance to see her perform -- don’t miss it.

    Here’s just a few of her memorable songs that Kim heard her perform back in 2012...

    Don’t Cry Out Loud
    Midnight Blue
    Theme From Ice Castles (Through The Eyes Of Love)
    You Should Hear How She Talks About You
    Just Too Many People
    You’ve Got A Friend
    (with Barry Manilow)
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Quote of the Month

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Sweetheart of the Month

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Teacher of the Month

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Celebrity of the Month

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2021 ILD Season
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2021 ILD Season Schedule
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