Photos of the Month - May 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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    Quote Of The Month
    Condoleeza Rice -
    Born: November 14 1954

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    Condoleezza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to parents who were both educators. Her father, John Wesley Rice Jr., was a football coach and high school guidance counselor at one of Birmingham's public schools. He was also an ordained Presbyterian minister in Birmingham's Westminster Presbyterian Church, which had been founded by his own father, also a minister. Rice's mother, Angelena, was a teacher and church organist. Angelena loved opera, and so named her only child after an Italian-language term, con dolcezza. It is used in musical notation and means "to play with sweetness."

    Her parents were determined that their only child would grow up to be an accomplished and well-rounded young woman. Rice began piano lessons at the age of three, and gave her first recital a year later. She became somewhat of a musical prodigy in the Birmingham area, performing often at school and community events. In addition to long hours spent practicing the piano, she also took French and Spanish lessons after school, and later became a competitive figure skater.

    Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
    Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

    As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors – the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

    From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

    Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

    She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).
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    May 2021
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Sweetheart from St Augustine, Florida
    Alexis Russo
    Dance Teacher: Sarah Cruz
    Sarah’s School of Dance
    Sarah Cruz, Director

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    May 2021
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Wichita, Kansas
    Pictured: Judge Rachel Friesen wih Lorna Sherer
    Lorna’s Studio of Dance
    Lorna Sherer, Director

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    May 2021 Celebrity Photo Of The Month
    Chi Coa with Kim McKimmie

    Chi Cao is a British ballet dancer who was born in China and was trained at the Beijing Dance Academy and the Royal Ballet School.

    He starred as Li Cunxin (our April Celebrity of the Month) in
    Mao’s Last Dancer. This movie is one that all I LOVE DANCE enthusiasts should watch - and if you only watched it once when it came out, you will enjoy watching again. It is a truly wonderful movie and Chi Coa was literally born for this role.

    Chi Cao is the son of two of Li’s former teachers at the Beijing Dance Academy! He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1995 and was recognized immediately as a virtuoso classical dancer, who could lead the Company in the classical repertory. His superb technique won him the gold medal in 1998 at the International Ballet Competition in Varna and he danced at the gala for Her Majesty The Queen's golden jubilee in 2002.

    He is pictured above with Kim McKimmie in 2009 at the Australian movie premiere of “
    Mao’s Last Dancer”. He retired after 23 years as Principal Dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and guest performing around the world.

    Twenty-three years is a long time with one company, he agrees, but says, “Every time I thought maybe it was time to move, something really good happened to me here. And David Bintley gave me the freedom to guest around the world, to work with different people, different companies, always changing the scenery.”

    The link below is a very well written feature article, with beautiful photos, wherein Chi Cao discusses his career highlights with insight and gratitude.

    The book,
    Mao’s Last Dancer, stayed on the top 10 Bestseller List for over one and a half years and it is in the 56th printing. It has been published and sold in over 20 countries. The blockbuster film won several international prestigious awards.

    His is an unique story of determination, passion, integrity and love. His journey filled with dreams shattered and revitalized. It is an empowering tale with so many lessons.”

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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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