Photos of the Month - January 2023
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...

We also feature a "Quote of The Month" as well as featuring inspirational content on our Facebook posts.

    January 2023
    Quote Of The Month
    Patrick Swayze

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    Born - August 18, 1952 - Houston, TX
    Died - September 14, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

    Here is a brief biography of Patrick Swayze:

    Patrick Wayne Swayze was one of the most versatile actors Hollywood has produced and the characters that he portrayed cemented his position in the film industry. His father was an engineer and his mother was a choreographer who owned a dancing school in Houston. Patrick developed an interest for dance and learned dancing from his mother. Later, he joined other dancing institutions. He traveled to New York and received dance training at the ‘Harkness Ballet School’ and ‘Joffrey Ballet School’ to enhance his skills. He was also good at other activities like swimming, football, and gymnastics. In New York, his first dance performance as a professional was for the ‘Disney on Parade’ event. He then made a shift from dancing to acting and appeared in minor roles in television. Eventually, his potential for acting was recognized by people in the business and he got his break on the big screen. His first major role was in the film ‘The Outsiders’ and gradually, he became a known face in Hollywood. The film ‘Dirty Dancing’ can be regarded as a milestone film in his career, as well as in Hollywood. He has always been passionate about dancing and in this film he played the role of a dancer. Patrick’s exceptional performance in the film earned him a ‘Golden Globe Award’ nomination.

    He made his Broadway debut with a musical titled ‘Grease.’ In 1979, he got his first break on the big screen with the movie ‘Skatetown, U.S.A.,’ which was a comedy film.

    In 1981, he was featured in a television show named ‘MASH’ in an episode titled ‘Blood Brother.’ The same year, he also worked in the television drama film ‘Return of the Rebels.’

    His role in the 1983 film ‘The Outsiders’ earned him recognition and the following year, he also appeared in the ‘Red Dawn.’ That same year, he worked in the movie ‘Grandview U.S.A.’

    In 1985, he appeared in the TV miniseries ‘North and South’ and this became a milestone in his acting career. The following year, he starred in the drama film ‘Youngblood.’

    The film which established him in the film industry was ‘Dirty Dancing’ where he portrayed a dance instructor named Johnny Castle. The movie met with unexpected success and became a hit. He also sang a power ballad titled ‘She’s Like the Wind’ for the movie. The song is often sung by other singers. This song, which was supposed to be used in the film ‘Grandview, U.S.A.’ was written by Swayze along with Stacy Widelitz.

    He then got many film projects and during 1987-90, he worked in movies, such as ‘Steel Dawn’, ‘Tiger Warsaw’, ‘Next of Kin’, ’Road House’ and ‘Ghost’. His role in the film ‘Ghost’ was highly appreciated and can be regarded as his first major role as a lead. He also hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ during this period.

    The following year, he worked in the action crime movie ‘Point Break’ which earned him a nomination at ‘MTV Movie Award’ for ‘Most Desirable Man.’ He was also named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People Magazine.

    During 1992-95, he worked in movies, such as ‘City of Joy,’ ‘Father Hood,’ ‘Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill,’ ‘Three Wishes,’ and ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.’

    In 1998, he worked in movies like ‘Letters from a Killer’ and ‘Black Dog’. While shooting for the film ‘Letters from a Killer’, he met with an accident and was bedridden for a long time.
    Both his legs were fractured and he even hurt his shoulder when he fell from a horse and smashed into a tree. The production of the movie was delayed until the following year.

    He gradually recovered from the injury and in the year 2000 resumed his acting career with the film ‘Forever Lulu.’ The following year, he worked in the movies ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Green Dragon’.

    From 2002 to 2009, this gifted actor worked in various films and television series, such as ‘Waking Up in Reno’, ‘One Last Dance’, ’11:14’’, ’Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights’, ‘George and the Dragon’, ‘King Solomon's Mines’, ’Keeping Mum’, ‘Icon,’ ’The Fox and the Hound 2’, ’Jump!’, ’Christmas in Wonderland,’ ’Powder Blue’ and ‘The Beast’.

    He also worked in West End theatre where he acted in the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’. He even voiced a character named Cash in the animated movie ‘The Fox and the Hound 2’.

    In 2008, he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. In spite of suffering from the disease, this talented actor continued his acting career. After a long battle with this dreadful disease, he breathed his last on 14th September 2009, and his ashes were scattered over his estate in New Mexico.

    Side note: Swayze was married to Lisa Niemi for 34 years from June 12, 1975, until his death. They had no children. They met in 1970 when Swayze was 18 years old at his mother’s dance studio. She was born May 26, 1956, (Kim McKimmie’s birthday too!) and is an American writer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and director. After being the widow of Patrick Swayze for five years, she found love again. In 2014, she married jeweler Albert DePrisco, whom she met through mutual friends.
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    There is no fee to try out. At each 2023 Competition, one female
    Dancer will be selected from amongst all of the Competitors and
    presented the Sweetheart Title and Trophy during final awards.

    We look for young ladies that show the potential for a career in
    Dance and exhibit the LOVE of DANCE when they perform.

    The Title "I LOVE DANCE Sweetheart" is recognized by
    Choreographers and Casting Agents worldwide
    and has been for 45 years.

    There are many hundreds of former I LOVE DANCE Sweethearts
    enjoying careers in all facets of the entertainment industry.
    You'll find many former Sweethearts in Movies, Television, on
    Broadway, with The Rockettes, in Las Vegas shows and Cruise
    Ship Performers. There are many professional Choreographers,
    University Dance Educators, Studio Owners and Dance Teachers
    whose passion for Dance was influenced by I LOVE DANCE.

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    January 2023
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Bay City, Michigan
    Melissa Holloway
    Rising Stars Dance Center
    Melissa Holloway, Director

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    January 2023
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month
    Kim McKimmie with Rose Marie Cruz

    Our I LOVE DANCE Guest Judges are indeed real Celebrities! We have Ms. Rose Marie Cruz scheduled as a Guest Judge at our first Competition held in Portland, Oregon on February 25, 2023.

    Although her busy schedule only allows her to get away for one weekend with us annually, we are always grateful when she lends her talent to us. She has been a popular Judge for many years and has graced our previous ILD Judging panels in the cities of: Houston, San Diego, Dallas, Phoenix, Detroit, Denver, Sacramento, St Louis, Cleveland and Billings.

    Ms. Cruz is the Owner and Director of Cruz Dance & Entertainment Studio since 1968 in California and continues to teach the vast majority of classes herself.

    Her talented students have performed around the world, on film, television, and in commercials and many have been selected I LOVE DANCE Sweethearts over the years. She has been the recipient of many I LOVE DANCE Teacher’s and Excellence Awards as well.

    Her personal studies have been extensive in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Afro-Cuban, Ballroom, Mexican Folklorico, Classical Spanish and Flamenco, and have included the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Barbara Ballet, Jose' Greco Spanish Dance Company and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.

    Her most memorable performance includes a command performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She has worked with Stevie Wonder, Irene Cara, Lloyd and Jeff Bridges, Stella Stevens and Ann Francis.

    She has been a lecturer and taught Master Classes at the University of California/Santa Barbara and until the pandemic, has coordinated annual performance tours in Spain.
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