Photos of the Month - January 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.
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    January 2021
    Quote Of The Month
    Ann Reinking
    November 10, 1949 – December 12, 2020

    In an article in The Guardian newspaper, Chris Wiegand wrote:

    Ann Reinking, the Broadway star whose elegant style, mesmerizing physicality and piercing gaze lit up musicals including Chicago, has died at the age of 71. Her former co-star Chita Rivera was among those paying tribute and said that Reinking’s “spirit and razzle-dazzle will be with me forever”. Reinking’s manager, Lee Gross, said that she died on December 12th while visiting family in Seattle.

    “The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party,” her family said in a statement on Monday. “She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she went to sleep and never woke up. We will miss her more than we can say. Heaven has the best choreographer available now. I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we will love and miss you always!”

    Reinking had parts in Cabaret, Pippin and Goodtime Charley (as Joan of Arc) before taking over the role of the ambitious, murderous Roxie Hart in Chicago in 1977. Twenty years later, she reprised the role and won a Tony award for choreographing the revival of that musical in its originator Bob Fosse’s style. She and Fosse had a long relationship on and off the stage; she starred in his show Dancin’ (which Miss Kim saw in NYC and remembers every number still to this day!) and directed and co-choreographed a Broadway revue celebrating his work. Their lives are explored in the acclaimed mini-series Fosse/Verdon, in which Reinking is played by Margaret Qualley.

    In Fosse’s semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz in 1979, Reinking’s number, “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” captures the shimmering, steely darkness of his style, complete with shoulder shrugs, wrist flicks and pelvic thrusts. Her screen career included a celebrated role in Annie as the kindly Grace Farrell, who helps the red-headed orphan settle into Daddy Warbuck’s mansion and shares with her the number “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here.” She played one of the two wives of Dudley Moore’s character in the bigamy comedy Micki and Maude (1984).

    Born on 10 November 1949 in Seattle, Reinking had ballet lessons as a child and studied with San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. She arrived in New York in her late teens and danced at Radio City Music Hall before gaining her first Broadway roles, including a part opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco.
    Reinking lived in Arizona with her husband, Peter Talbert, and son, Christopher.

    Chicago returned to London in 2018. “Every step is basically a word,” she said in a Guardian interview that year, “especially with musical theatre, because you’re not doing it for dance’s sake, you’re promoting a story – and, more than that, a moral. You’re propelling a story. So the steps – as well as the lyrics and the music – combine always to progress the story. They really are another form of language.”
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    January 2021
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Sweetheart from Syracuse, New York
    Danae Bader - pictured with Kim McKimmie

    This former Sweetheart is the Owner and Director of DMB Dance Productions located in Brewerton, NY. She is celebrating her 14th season of operating this beautiful dance school. She has over 25 of dance experience and has been bringing her student to I LOVE DANCE in Buffalo annually for the past seven years and is planning to join ILD again in Buffalo on May 8 & 9, 2021.

    When talking about her business, she says, “My grandmother and mother who have watched me dance for over three decades continue to ‘dance’ with me by helping out tremendously with the studio for the past 14 years. I am beyond blessed to have such a loving and supportive family!” 

    Danae Bader was a four-time I LOVE DANCE Sweetheart and represented the Jean Elaine School of Dance who competed at ILD in Niagara Falls, Syracuse, Albany, Rochester and at International Championships from 1989 to 2010.

    Miss Danae was a member of the Sweethearts in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. She has wonderful memories of floorshows in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Lake Tahoe. She remembers, “The Sweetheart program was a celebration of dancers from across the country. Each year we would come together, support one another and dance. Not only did we learn from incredible instructors but we learned from each other to produce an incredible show.”

    It’s funny what you remember after all these years. There was amazing technical craft to be learned, coupled with innovative choreography and outstanding costumes. The highest level of professionalism was taught to young adults and it forever changed the path of many careers.

    Danae blossomed as a performer over those years and proudly imparts the highest standards of showmanship and sportsmanship to her students. She mentioned, “I will never forget Miss Kim's words of wisdom, that crying and gum chewing are only to be done in the bathtub. This is something I share with my students still.” 

    Miss Danae remains a true Sweetheart and we love her continued involvement with I LOVE DANCE and always look forward to welcoming her and her students.
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    January 2021
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Cami Hulin pictured with Judge, Andrea Patton
    Dance by Cami
    Cami Hulin, Director

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    January 2021
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    Geoffrey Rush with Kim McKimmie

    From February 2011

    Anyone who was recently in Sydney, Australia from December 4 - February 6 and saw Geoffrey Rush in Diary Of A Madman was fortunate indeed. I believe the evening I saw him onstage was a night of theatre magic I shall never forget. There are not enough superlatives to describe his technical artistry. I have NEVER seen such an impressive, masterly performance. As an actor, he is a virtuoso!

    He was born in Queensland, received his degree in Arts from the University of Queensland and his career became established in 1971 with the Queensland Theatre Company where he appeared in 17 productions. His continued stage career includes many, many roles in Shakespeare’s plays, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Marriage Of Figaro, and he is well-known for his 2009 Broadway debut of Exit The King for which he earned the Tony Award.

    His film career continues to grow in diversity from 1996 when he won the Oscar Award for best Actor in Shine. He continued to shine in: Les Misérables, Elizabeth, Shakespeare In Love, Quills, The Tailor Of Panama, Lantana, Frida, The Banger Sisters, Swimming Upstream, Ned Kelly, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Munich, Candy, and all three of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Shining ever brighter - you can go and see Geoffrey Rush now at the movies in The King’s Speech.

    If I stuttered myself when meeting him - it’s because I am in such awe of his talent. Certainly, I have never met anyone who has won an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and Emmy Award. He’s also won a Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Australian Film Institute Award - and yet - he is so unaffectedly friendly and humble -- a real class act. Mr. Rush was so gracious that he introduced me also to Neil Armfield (the famous Director of film, theatre and opera) and asked him to take a photo for us!

    Since this post, Mr. Rush continues to dazzle us all with his amazing talent on the stage, television and movies. Just a few highlights include: the film version of the best-selling novel The Book Thief and the film Final Portrait. He starred as Albert Einstein in National Geographic’s limited anthology series Genius and in the Australian film, Storm Boy.

    Geoffrey Rush has won the “Triple Crown” of acting: an Academy Award for film, a Primetime Emmy Award for Television, and a Tony Award for theatre!
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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 Schedule
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