By Christina Davis
Associated Students Inc. and Broncos Events and Activities Team put on an event called Dance the Line for all the students on Thursday.
Many were dying to put on their cowboy boots and have some fun. This event was intended to be a different experience that would appeal to both country-loving students and those less familiar with the musical genre.
The event was publicized on ASI’s Facebook page, where over 2,000 students were invited. Out of those, 75 RSVP’d that they were going, and 44 said “maybe.”
Sasha Kornilova, BEAT programming chair, coordinated the event with the goal to try something different.
“We don’t have any events dedicated specifically to line dancing,” said Kornilova. “A lot of my friends are into line dancing, and I wanted to appeal to that crowd. Usually we do line-dancing sometimes as part of Homecoming, but I am excited to have a separate event to teach people how to line-dance.”
Kornilova, who dressed in red cowboy boots, was not the only one dressed in country gear for the occasion. Many students wore their boots and were ready to demonstrate their dance moves.
Students enjoyed themselves on a mechanical bull and listened to country music. There was a food truck parked alongside the grass to provide refreshments for students while they enjoyed themselves.
Not all students in attendance were huge country fans, but that did not stop them from having fun and making new friends. This event appealed to everyone, as it was a learning experience and something students do not see everyday.
“The event just started, but so far I love it,” said Brandi DeVoe, a first-year Biology student. “The mechanical bull was fun and something really different.”
Agriculture student, Katie Mason, came to the event by herself, ready to meet new friends after school. She had been line dancing a couple times and listened to country music on the radio sometimes, and said it looked appealing.
“I came to this event to learn how to line dance and to just have fun,” said Mason.
As more people arrived, Kornilova introduced a guest line-dance instructor who explained a few popular dance routines, such as the electric slide and the “Cotton Eyed Joe.” The instructor rotated partners at least once during the dance to really mix up the crowd.
Before the event was even halfway through, every student in attendance had shaken hands and danced with each other. The event ended with the instructor teaching the electric slide while popular country songs played in the background.
Kornilova explained, as the event was coming to a close, that people were invited to stay and listen to country music. She encouraged everyone to hang out and socialize.
She made an announcement that people could join her group of friends at Montana’s, a country-themed dance club in San Dimas.
After the instructor finished her routines, some seasoned line-dancers stayed in the University Park to teach the remaining students more intricate routines. Some students were still riding the mechanical bull or eating from the food truck as the night went on.
Mason was one of the students that chose to stay and learn some new routines from her new friends.
“My goal was to meet new friends, and I did that. I had a lot of fun,” said Mason. “The line-dancing was at a very beginner level, which was what I was expecting.”
This event was a different way for students to have fun and socialize while learning something new after a day of classes.
Kambria Baptiste, Staff Writer
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