Photos of the Month - January 2022
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...

We also feature a "Quote of The Month" as well as featuring inspirational content on our Facebook posts.

    January 2022
    Quote Of The Month
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Born: August 13, 1899 - London, England
    Died: April 29, 1980 - Los Angeles, California

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    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was an English film director and producer, referred to as the "Master of Suspense". He pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He had a successful career in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies and became renowned as Britain's leading filmmaker. Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955. Hitchcock became a highly visible public figure through interviews, film trailers, cameo appearances in his own films, and the ten years in which he hosted the television program “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. He also fashioned for himself a recognizable directorial style, and the term Hitchcockian is now often used to refer to his style of filmmaking. Hitchcock's stylistic trademarks include the use of camera movement that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. In addition, he framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative forms of film editing. His work often features fugitives on the run, alongside "icy blonde" female characters. His films are marked by a macabre sense of humor and a somewhat bleak view of the human condition.

    Among the most celebrated, imitated, and beloved directors of the 20th century, Alfred Hitchcock is widely seen as the father of the thriller.

    Hitchcock was studying engineering at London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation when, in 1914, his father died suddenly, prompting him to drop out in order to help support his family. Highly interested in the then new industry of film production, he made his first foray into movie making when he was hired at the London branch of Famous Players-Lasky as a title card designer. There, he gained experience in writing, editing, and production management, and was eventually assigned his first film as a director, "The Pleasure Garden" (1925). Collaborating with his wife, the writer, script supervisor, and editor Alma Reville, almost from day one, Hitchcock would make a name for himself as a director just a short while later with his first thriller, "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" (1927). After directing England's first talkie, 1929's "Blackmail" (1929), Hitchcock began churning out a number of high-tension films that would soon become classics, including "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "The Lady Vanishes" (1938). Eventually, he would relocate to Hollywood, making his American film debut with the Selznick International Pictures mystery "Rebecca" (1940). Even more iconic thrillers would follow, including "Notorious" (1946), "Dial M For Murder" (1954), "Rear Window" (1954), and "To Catch a Thief" (1955). In 1955, Hitchcock expanded his reach into television, producing and hosting the anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS, 1955-1965). He would remain best known as a filmmaker however, directing beloved films like "Vertigo" (1958), "North by Northwest" (1959), and perhaps the most venerated thriller of all time, "Psycho" (1960). His output would slow during the '60s and '70s as he experienced health problems, with his final film "Family Plot" (1976). Hitchcock received the AFI's Life Achievement Award in 1979.

    Alfred Hitchcock created more than 50 films!

    Sir Alfred Hitchcock made history on the sets of his most famous films. Perhaps this is why we are still talking about his movies decades later. He changed the way films were made and altered the industry forever. He was a pioneer and a visionary, whose timeless classics are perhaps more revered now than when they were originally released. If only he were still around today, he would certainly use today’s technology combined with his keen observations to examine our current fears with his fearless filmmaking.
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    January 2022
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Chicago, Illinois
    (LtoR) Teacher Hanna Trout, (former Sweetheart herself!)
    Teacher Sara Trout Anderson, Student (Sweetheart) Julia Snyder, Director Lisa Trout
    Starlight Dance
    Lisa Trout, Director

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    January 2022
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    Amor Towles with Kim McKimmie

    From December 2016:

    Kim McKimmie read Amor Towles’ breakout debut novel,
    Rules of Civility with absolute pleasure and delight.

    Rules of Civility was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2011 and reached the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times. The book was rated by The Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2011. The book’s French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. The book has been published in 15 languages. In the fall of 2012, the novel was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film.

    His new book,
    A Gentleman in Moscow has hit the bookshelves with rave reviews and has once again established Towles as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction with a flawless command of style. He immerses the reader in elegantly drawn eras with a glittering cast of characters. Both books are going to be blockbuster movies!

    From Amor Towles website BIO:

    "Born in 1964, Amor Towles was raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. From 1991-2012, he worked as an investment professional in New York. He continues to live in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

    Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers."

    For past three months, his book tour took him all across America (Kim met him at Powell’s in Portland, Oregon) presenting a most informative and very entertaining reading.

    Kim McKimmie is now an ardent fan of Amor Towles!

    Since then…

    Amor Towles just came out with his third novel,
    The Lincoln Highway (that Kim got for Christmas) and she cannot wait to start reading. She said, “I had just finished Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, and I am halfway through Colson Whitehead’s, Harlem Shuffle, and this will certainly be three literary home runs to kick off the new year!”

    “Towles’ third novel is even more entertaining than his much-acclaimed 
    A Gentleman In Moscow . . .A remarkable blend of sweetness and doom, [The Lincoln Highway] is packed with revelations about the American myth, the art of storytelling, and the unrelenting pull of history. An exhilarating ride through Americana.” —***Kirkus Reviews*** (starred)

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Teacher of the Month

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Celebrity of the Month

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