Photos of the Month - October 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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    October 2020
    Quote Of The Month
    From Voltaire

    Voltaire (Born: Paris - November 21, 1694 / Died: Paris - May 30, 1778 )

    François-Marie d'Arouet (1694–1778), better known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer and public activist who played a singular role in defining the eighteenth-century movement called the Enlightenment.

    Most of Voltaire's early life revolved around Paris. From early on, Voltaire had trouble with the authorities for critiques of the government. As a result, he was twice sentenced to prison and once to temporary exile to England. While living in Great Britain for two years, he learned to speak English. In addition to his native French, he learned Greek, Spanish and Italian. He twice took up residence at the Prussian court. In 1759, after having lived in Geneva for two years, Voltaire purchased the estate of Ferney in France, near the Swiss border. A prime reason for his leaving Geneva was that theater was forbidden in that Calvinist city, so he had decided to become the enlightened "patriarch" of the little village of Ferney, setting up potteries, a watchmaking industry and, of course, theaters, attracting rich people from Geneva to watch his plays.

    During Voltaire's residence, the population of Ferney increased to more than 1,000. Voltaire lived there for the last 20 years of his life before returning to Paris, where he died in 1778.
    Voltaire believed above all in the efficacy of reason. He believed social progress could be achieved through reason and that no authority—religious or political or otherwise—should be immune to challenge by reason. He emphasized in his work the importance of tolerance, especially religious tolerance.

    Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, histories, and scientific expositions. He engaged in an enormous amount of private correspondence during his life, totaling over 20,000 letters. Theodore Besterman’s collected edition of these letters, completed only in 1964, fills 102 volumes. One historian called the letters "a feast not only of wit and eloquence, but of warm friendship, humane feeling, and incisive thought.”

    In Voltaire's correspondence with Catherine the Great, he derided democracy. He wrote, "Almost nothing great has ever been done in the world except by the genius and firmness of a single man combating the prejudices of the multitude.”
    Voltaire perceived the French bourgeoisie to be too small and ineffective, the aristocracy to be parasitic and corrupt, the commoners as ignorant and superstitious, and the church as a static and oppressive force useful only on occasion as a counterbalance to the rapacity of kings, although all too often, even more rapacious itself. Voltaire distrusted democracy, which he saw as propagating the idiocy of the masses. Voltaire long thought only an enlightened monarch could bring about change, given the social structures of the time and the extremely high rates of illiteracy, and that it was in the king's rational interest to improve the education and welfare of his subjects. But his disappointments and disillusions with Frederick the Great changed his philosophy somewhat, and soon gave birth to one of his most enduring works, his novella Candide, or Optimism, (1759), which ends with a new conclusion of quietism; "It is up to us to cultivate our garden.”

    He is remembered and honored in France as a courageous polemicist who indefatigably fought for civil rights (such as the right to a fair trail and freedom of religion) and who denounced hypocrisies and injustices. He particularly had admiration for the ethics and government as exemplified by the Chinese philosopher Confucius.
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    October 2020
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Orlando, Florida
    Sarah Cruz (née: Lundy

    Sarah started dancing at three years old and has never stopped. Having a Dance Teacher mother instilled a love of dance and learning many dance disciplines. She grew up dancing throughout childhood and loved and breathed all things dance through her teen years. She competed on the local and on the national level and was once the recipient of “Student Choreographer Of The Year” at I LOVE DANCE Championships. Sarah has been producing award-winning choreography ever since.  She has been the Choreographer for area high school and college theatrical performances such as Pippin, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, Shrek Jr., and High School Musical. Sarah is a graduate of the I LOVE DANCE Sweetheart Group having been selected for seven consecutive years!

    She was featured in many of the floorshows and particularly loved her performances in “Colours of Love” and “Dancin’ Up A Storm”. She loved being part of the program in Las Vegas and New York City and says “My time with Sweethearts further expanded my technical knowledge and performance abilities. It affirmed my passion and commitment to dance, not just as a career, but as a way of life. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to experience Sweethearts - I learned so much. I am so happy that I am now able to pass on that fire that Miss Kim and her staff were so enthusiastic to light within each of us. (I take a group of my Student each year to NYC to see shows and take classes.) I believe that every member of the group left the program as true professionals because of the lessons learned both on and off stage. I did have the time of my life!”

    For the past 12 years, she has been the Owner and Operator of Sarah’s School of Dance located in Titusville, Florida. She teaches Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Hip Hop and has special “2’s Move”, 3 & 4 year old classes and combo classes for 5 and 6 year olds - with acro and gym too. Her focus is always to inspire her students the way that she was inspired herself. Her studio is a real family atmosphere with her mother, Karen Lundy, involved with the school as well. (Her older sister, Renee Lundy, was also a former Sweetheart and we featured her last month) Sarah and husband, John have two dancing daughters. Bella is 8 years old and Sadie turns 4 on October 18th. Bella is rehearsing for Annie with the Titusville Playhouse - she has the role of Molly. We will be looking forward to Bella and Sadie becoming the second generation of “Sister Sweethearts” from this talented family.
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    October 2020
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Bay City, Michigan
    Christy Sierakowski, Director
    On Pointe School of Dance
    Christy Sierakowski, Director

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    October 2020
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    Since our 2013 feature, Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins went on to be a #1 New York Times bestseller and was on the list for over a year! It is now in development to be a major motion picture with Mulan director, Niki Caro, signed on. Now, his latest novel, The Cold Millions, will be hot off the press this month and is getting advance rave reviews. Pulitzer Prize winner, Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See , calls Jess Walter “a national treasure.” Congratulations, Mr Walter.

    Kim McKimmie with Jess Walter from November 2013

    Jess Walter was a faculty member at the recent Tin House Writer’s Workshop held at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Kim attended one of Mr. Walter’s afternoon lectures and his evening reading.

    Kim says, “He’s the real deal. An award-winning writer and open-hearted teacher sharing his talents. It was wonderful to “take class” from him and to hear him speak about timing (as an element in fiction writing - not dancing.) I admired his writing from reading several of his essays and critiques and after reading Zero and Beautiful Ruins -- I became a real fan. I LOVED Beautiful Ruins and appreciate the title referencing a journalist’s quote referring to the late actor, Richard Burton. (Of course I loved everything about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and remember as little girl going with my mother downtown to the cinema to watch Cleopatra.) This book took me on the set of Cleopatra, to a coastal village in Italy, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to present-day Hollywood -- all combined within a fascinating novel with Jess Walter’s perfect timing. I know all my dance teacher friends will thoroughly enjoy this very entertaining novel!”

    Kim hasn’t been the only one to love Beautiful Ruins -- it was named The Book Of The Year by Esquire, A Notable Book Of The Year by The New York Times Book Review and One Of The Year’s Best Books by the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Kirkus Reviews and many others.

    Jess Walter’s bio includes being a former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Jess Walter is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published.

    Recently published, collected stories - We Live In Water - to huge critical acclaim also.

    His books:
    --BEAUTIFUL RUINS, (2012) a New York Times bestseller.
    --THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS, (2009) Time Magazine's #2 Novel of the Year.
    --THE ZERO, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, the 2007 PEN Center Literary Award and the 2007 LA Times Book Prize and winner of the 2007 Pacific NW Booksellers Award.
    --CITIZEN VINCE, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel.
    --LAND OF THE BLIND (2003)
    --OVER TUMBLED GRAVES, a 2001 New York Times Notable Book.
    --EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW (re-released as RUBY RIDGE), a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Nonfiction Award in 1996.

    Mr. Walter lives with his wife Anne and children, Brooklyn, Ava and Alec, in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.
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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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