Photos of the Month - December 2021
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.

    December 2021
    Quote Of The Month
    Cicero, in full Marcus Tullius Cicero,
    Born 106 BC, Arpinum, Latium [now Arpino, Italy
    Died December 7, 43 BC, Formiae, Latium [now Formia]

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    Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator and the innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero was born to a wealthy family and received a quality education. After he served in the military, Cicero studied Roman law. He went on to be elected to each of Rome’s principal offices, becoming the youngest citizen to attain the highest rank of consul without coming from a political family.

    Cicero remained loyal to the Roman Republic during his career. He viewed the informal alliance known as the First Triumvirate to be in direct opposition to the principles of the republic and authority of the Senate. By refusing to join this alliance, Cicero left himself vulnerable to attacks from his political enemies. This became an issue for
    Cicero when he came under fire for speaking out against the political figure and tribune Publius Clodius. 

    When Clodius was elected as a tribune, he introduced a bill that revoked the citizenship of anyone who killed a Roman citizen without granting them a trial. This was designed to strike at Cicero for his role in putting down an uprising known as the Catalonian rebellion. With no allies remaining to protect him from Clodius’ attacks, Cicero fled Rome and become an exile. After a year and a half, however, he was allowed to return back to Rome as a result of Pompey’s intervention following Clodius’ term as tribune.

    When Cicero returned to Rome, he was forced to stay out of politics, so he turned to writing. He wrote many works relating to philosophy, such as On the Republic, On Invention, and On the Orator. He established himself as a prolific Roman author. He also made many speeches and wrote letters that have been preserved, allowing the modern world to gain knowledge of the politics and culture of Cicero’s era. 
    Cicero’s fate was sealed when he began speaking out against Mark Antony, who rose to power following Julius Caesar’s assassination. Once Cicero denounced Antony, he was declared a public enemy and was executed in 43 BC.

    St. Augustine would credit Cicero's "Hortensius" as being an inspiration. Unfortunately, this text has been lost. His speeches offer a unique insight into Roman life, often decrying the immorality and corruption he felt permeated the ruling classes. Most of his nine hundred letters have been preserved. He is considered one of the most gifted philosophers of the Roman age.

    “Life is nothing without friendship.”
    ― Cicero

    “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
    ― Cicero

    “The closer the collapse of the Empire, the crazier its laws are.”
    ― Cicero

    “The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.”
    ― Cicero

    “Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.”
    ― Cicero
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    December 2021
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Sweetheart from Houston, Texas
    Leah Chavez
    Dance Teacher: Zelene Alvarez
    The Stage Dance Studio
    Zelene Alvarez, Director

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    December 2021
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Los Angeles, California
    Rose Marie Cruz with ILD Director Kim McKimmie
    Cruz Dance & Entertainment Studio
    Rose Marie Cruz, Director

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    December 2021
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month
    Kim McKimmie with David McAllister

    David McAllister was born in 1963 in Perth, Western Australia. A graduate of the Australian Ballet School, he joined The Australian Ballet in 1983. He was promoted to Senior Artist in 1986 and to Principal Artist in 1989. His many principal roles with the company included those in
    Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Sentimental Bloke, Coppélia, and Manon.

    In 1985, he won a Bronze Medal at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow, which saw him invited to return to the USSR as a guest artist, where he made numerous appearances with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Georgian National Ballet and other companies. In 1989 David was guest artist with The National Ballet of Canada, dancing John Cranko's
    Romeo and Juliet, as well as Etudes and The Four Temperaments. He has also been a guest artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre. In London during 1992, he took part in the Royal Gala performance of Coppélia in the presence of the Princess of Wales.

    McAllister has worked as a guest teacher with the McDonald College, The Australian Ballet School, the Dancers Company, the Royal Academy of Dance, the Cecchetti Society, and the Australian Institute of Classical Dance. In November 2000, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University.

    McAllister danced for the final time in
    Giselle on 24 March 2001 at the Sydney Opera House and became Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet in July 2001. He was elected Vice President of the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005. In March 2020, it was announced that David Hallberg would succeed McAllister as the new Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, effective January 2021.

    In the 2004 Australia Day Honours List, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to Ballet. In April 2021, McAllister was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours on 14 June 2021.

    McAllister published his memoirs,
    SOAR: A Life Freed By Dance, in September 2020 and Kim McKimmie was front and center at his book launch with a standing ovation for this very talented man, who has dedicated his career to the LOVE of DANCE.

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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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