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. . . GETTING TO KNOW YOU . . .

MARLA BACH SATLZSTINE - Our Fearless Leader


1. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? I am a gather but not a hoarder.

2. We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? I would still work as I love my job that I have done for the past 40 years.

3. Why did you start dancing? A friend of mine saw an ad in the Sunday newspaper for Jitterbug at the Avenue Ballroom in 1985. She paid for me to go with her even though I said no. Well, I did go with her and she stopped going after the first month and I am still around.

4. What’s your favorite song?  Grandma got run over by a Reindeer.

5. What were you like in high school? Shy, quiet and a nerd.

6. What advice would you give to newer dancers? Learn the basics and build from there. Start at step 1 and go to 10. Do not start at 10. Respect those who have been around longer than yourself as they might have something interesting to say and learn from.

7. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? I can’t really think of anything particular because my life is already funny every day.

8. Of what are you most proud? Being one of the original 4 Founders of our Club. I had no idea what it meant at the time of creating it, but the past 30 years has proven to me that the skills learned from creating and running a business has been invaluable. It also allowed me to develop confidence in life and in business. One of the best things I have done.

9. At which two organizations outside your own do you know the most people, and why? My job. I work for an insurance company as an Underwriting Assistant for the past 40 years, and thru my event planning skills because of the club and our BBB convention, I  have been the banquet chair for our Marine dinner for the past 14 years.

10. What inspires you? People inspire me and I guess that is why I still work hard for the club and my job. I like to be busy. 

11. What are you known for?  Mother of the Club

12. Estimate how many windows are in New York.  Good question and no idea even though I was born in NY.

13. How do you value dance in your life? Very highly, but I hardly dance anymore and that upsets me, as I love to dance.  I also value the extended family and the wonderful people that I have met over the years.

14. Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind.  I would say the color yellow is like eating a lemon.

15. If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why? The one that Trump is from and maybe he will disappear too.

16. You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? I would love to keep it as they can be very friendly. I like animals.

17. How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do? I always strive for a win win situation and can say something negative in a positive way to get the desired results. I have been very successful with this philosophy.

18. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? He says that he just arrived from Mexico and came to visit. He says “HOLA”.

19. What do you miss most about your hometown? I actually don’t miss anything as it was a Peyton Place, and small town, and everyone knew your business. I have actually lived in California since 1968 as my whole family moved out to San Francisco.


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