Photos of the Month - May 2018

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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...

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May 2018
Performance Photo Of The Month
“Can’t Touch This”
Standing: Shaila Figueroux, Deanna Torres, Cayden Campbell, Chenai Parham, Bri Brown
Sitting: Alexcia Bennett, Alyssa Als, Briana Cole, Ja’Niya Grey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Overall High Score / Beginning Group
Dance Teacher: Tatiana Turnage
Genesis Dance
Kysha Barnett & Neteva Krider, Directors

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May 2018
Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
Dallas, Texas
Adelia Servant
Dance Teacher: Sheena Laramore
Sheena’s Dance Academy
Sheena Laramore, Director

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May 2018
Teacher Photo Of The Month
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Judge Rachel Friesen with Allison Meinert
Allison’s Dance Center
Allison Meinert, Director

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May 2018
Celebrity Photo Of The Month

Show Director, Karen Lundy with Madame Suzelle Poole

I LOVE DANCE had the opportunity, at the recent Dallas I LOVE DANCE to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Madame Suzelle Poole and to have her bless our audience with a beautiful solo performance. She is a remarkable 77 year old Ballerina and poet, who is still teaching, dancing and performing. She has written a collection of poetry titled Rodesto, so named for her grandfather, a horse whisperer before the term was even coined and his horse, Rodesto.

Madame Poole was born in England and has been dancing for 7 decades. She made her professional debut at the age of 10 and has performed all over the world. For 10 years, she was a soloist for the Houston Ballet.

She’s currently a Dance Teacher and Choreographer at Royale Ballet Dance Academy in Dallas. Her students range in age from 3 to 63. Madame Poole loves children and loves to teach them ballet. She knows that some of them will not continue forever but she thinks that ballet teaches more than just dance. It teaches respect for one another.

She has said, “Everybody thinks ballet is a very short career. I thought I would be finished when I was in my 20’s and now it seems amazing to me that I am still dancing at 77. Apparently people think I am unusual. In London during the war, we always went to the ballet and I loved it. I really wasn’t very talented or the right build or anything. The main thing was that I had wonderful teachers. Ballet is my life. My husband John was my life but I don’t have him anymore. He always encouraged me. He always thought I was a good dancer. And it’s always been ballet that has been my main love.”

When asked if she has many aches and pains and she said “Very few.” She considers herself fortunate to still be able to dance; something she loves to do.

Her motto is: “Whether it is painting or ballet or yoga or whatever you really love to do. It’s never too late so start doing what you love to do NOW!”

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