Photos of the Month - June 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.

    June 2021
    Quote Of The Month
    Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
    (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short story writer. He was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term which he popularized. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical and popular acclaim after his death. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

    His consideration as one of the pre-eminent authors in the history of American literature is due almost entirely to the enormous posthumous success of his third book, The Great Gatsby. Perhaps the quintessential American novel, as well as a definitive social history of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby has become required reading for virtually every American high school student and has had a transportive effect on generation after generation of readers. 

    Fitzgerald was born into an upper middle-class family in St. Paul, Minnesota, but was primarily raised in New York. He attended Princeton University, but due to a failed relationship and a preoccupation with writing, he dropped out in 1917 to join the Army. While stationed in Alabama, he fell in love with rich socialite Zelda Sayre. Although she initially rejected him due to his financial situation, Zelda agreed to marry Fitzgerald after he had published the commercially successful This Side of Paradise (1920).

    In the 1920s, Fitzgerald frequented Europe, where he was influenced by the modernist writers and artists of the "Lost Generation" expatriate community, particularly Ernest Hemingway. His second novel, The Beautiful and Damned (1922), propelled him into the New York City elite. To maintain his lifestyle during this time, he also wrote several stories for magazines. His third novel, The Great Gatsby (1925), was inspired by his rise to fame and relationship with Zelda. Although it received mixed reviews, The Great Gatsby is now widely praised, with some even labeling it the "Great American Novel".

    However, by the end of the 1920s Fitzgerald descended into drinking, and Zelda had a mental breakdown. Following the unsuccessful Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, his final novel only half completed.
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    June 2021
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Sweetheart from Wichita, Kansas
    Kadence Rosenthal
    Dance Teacher: Megan Bryant
    Set Free Dance Studios
    Megan Bryant, Director

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    June 2021
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    St Augustine, Florida
    Pictured: Sarah Costello with Judge, Heather Moore
    Central Florida Irish Dance
    Sarah Costello, Director

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    June 2021
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    Kim McKimmie with Patrick deWitt

    Since our original October 2018 feature, Patrick deWitt’s fourth novel, French Exit, became a 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist. It was made into a movie (he wrote the screenplay) directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. The film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 10, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States and Canada on February 12, 2021. It received mixed reviews from critics, although Pfeiffer's performance was praised and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Patrick deWitt is working on a new novel examining the life of a librarian, from his childhood near the end of the Second World War, to his twilight years.

    From October 2018

    The Sisters Brothers author Patrick deWitt held a reading recently at Powells in Portland, that Kim McKimmie attended. He has written four novels too much critical acclaim and Kim read his second novel, The Sisters Brothers. She became a fan and was happy for Mr. deWitt to hear that his book was made into a major motion picture that is currently playing in cinemas nationwide. The film stars John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the two notorious assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, and together they get caught up in the California Gold Rush

    His first book,
    Ablutions (2009), was named a New York Times Editors' Choice book.

    His second,
    The Sisters Brothers (2011), was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, amongst many other prestigious awards.

    His third novel,
    Undermajordomo Minor, was published in 2015. The novel was long listed for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

    Patrick deWitt read from his just-published book, French Exit, which is a brilliant and darkly comic new novel.

    Powell’s Events description says it best:

    “Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son, Malcolm, is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there is the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. Brimming with pathos, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind “tragedy of manners,” a send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother-son caper, which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute.”

    He was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and later lived in California and Washington state. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

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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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