Routt County Spotlight: Robin Getter
Age: 29 (again)
Occupation: Movement educator
Place of birth: Newark, N.J.
Q. When did you move to Rout County and what brought you here?
A. I moved to Rout County in 1981 to teach skiing, experience the great outdoors and be a part of a Rocky Mountain community
Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Opened my own dance studio.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Wake up, check my e-mail, do a 10-minute ab workout, push-ups and sun salutation, take a shower, stretch, eat granola with soy milk and go to work.
Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. The book is called “Dunham Technique: A Way of Life.” It describes the philosophy and the technical aspects of Katherine Dunham’s dance technique, who I studied with in 1983 and 1985. It continuously offers me a framework within which to work and to live. To quote Dunham, “Dance is not a technique but a social act.”
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Q. When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?
A. At this time of year, I say “I’ll be able to see you in April,” “Come to the dance concert” and “I’ll see you in April.”
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A go-go dancer on the TV show “Hullabaloo.” Second choice: a teacher just like my red-headed fifth-grade teacher, Miss Gordon
Q. What kind of music did you listen to in high school? What kind of music do you listen to now?
A. In high school: The Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Frank Zappa. Now: Habibe Koite, Salif Keita and Bob Marley
Q. If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. Cleo Parker Robinson, Judith Jamaison, Spike Lee and Mike Johnson. Good food, good wine, good art and how to cure social injustice.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” What is “that”?
A. Move to Los Angeles (Sorry, Aunt Annette)
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. African bracelets and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement books and tapes.
Q. For the sake of this question, you are going to be executed tomorrow. What do you ask for your last meal?
A. TDEGA TDEGA NA (Mafe’ with Okra and fish)
Book: “The Temple Of My Familiar,” by Alice Walker
Song: “You Can’t Hurry Love,” by The Supremes
Color: The blue of the sky over Storm Peak on a clear day
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