Carlyn Alatorre is sharing her love of dance with her fellow community members at Grace Place Senior Living.
"I've been teaching (act-
ivities director) Cyndi (Simpson) how to line dance," Alatorre said. "She's been catching on."
Alatorre is also teaching line dancing to a group of middle school students on Thursday, April 13. She lives at Grace Place with her 3-year-old poodle, Reba, who has "18 different toys." The News recently spoke to Alatorre about dancing, animals and her family.
Estacada News: How long have you lived at Grace Place?
Carlyn Alatorre: A little over a year. I came from Molalla.
EN: Where did you work before retiring?
CA: The Estacada Telephone Company. I started out when they had the old cord board (or switchboard), and I was an operator. Then they switched to computers, which wasn't as much fun. I was eventually in charge of the directories. With the cord board, it was more personal. There was one lady who would always call just to talk to someone.
EN: What's your family like?
CA: I was married to my husband Ralph for 42 years before he died. We met at a country western dance. We have two sons. I met my boyfriend Ed at a dance at the VFW. He lives in Wilsonville.
EN: What are your hobbies?
CA: I like drawing with gel pens and dancing, and I used to show horses.
EN: What are your favorite styles of dancing?
CA: Swing and waltz. I've been dancing since I was 8 years old. I took tap dancing, and that was helpful for choreographing.
EN: What do you like most about dancing?
CA: I really like moving.
EN: What do you and Reba like to do?
CA: We go for walks on nice days. She's a smart dog. She knows the name of what each of her toys is. I've always had pets — dogs, cats and horses.
EN: What made you want to adopt a poodle?
CA: They're smart and they don't shed a lot.
EN: What's your favorite thing about Grace Place?
CA: The quality of care, and the cleanliness.
EN: How would you describe yourself to someone who hadn't met you?
CA: Outgoing. I like to find out about other people and what they're all about.