Cow Poly Line Dancing rounds up a party

By John Michael Uba

Howdy partners! Are y’all from ’round these parts? Well, I darn reckon y’all should be ’cause there was a ruckus at Cal Poly Pomona’s Farm Store Thursday night.

Approximately one hundred people gathered in a western-themed event called Cow Poly Line Dancing hosted by Associated Students, Inc. BEAT at Kellogg Ranch and AGRIscapes.

Attendees got the opportunity to try on their western country personas and learn a few line dancing moves.

“People have the opportunity to learn how to line dance, but they also get to enjoy it with free food and also some giveaways,” said second-year hospitality student Madeline Sin. “So today we have Poly Trolley sliders and fries, watermelons, ice cream bars and the best part is that we have live country music,”

Sin and Jasmine Vu directed the event.

ASI BEAT hosts multiple themed dancing events every quarter throughout the school year, such as winter quarter’s swing-themed event, Swing Night.

With their partners, guests experienced a two-hour evening of fun, dining on the treats provided by ASI BEAT and the Poly Trolley with the country-, blues- and rock-influenced Patrick Carrico band performing throughout.

“I was trying to provide a good time, good energy, good vides; music makes me feel good and that’s what I am trying to project there,” said singer/guitarist/songwriter Carrico, who performed with guitarist Brad Sandona, bassist John Glenn and drummer Rob Simpson.

The event then led to the main line dancing sessions which Mary Catherine “MC” Callaghan led, teaching inside the AGRIscape building.

Ranging from single line dancing to partner line dancing, the entirety of the session was filled with joyous laughter, ending with Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy.”

“People love the music, it gets people involved. Tonight I did a little bit of line dancing, I also did a little bit of partner dancing, I did Texas Two-Step, which everybody caught on so fast,” said Callaghan, who professionally teaches ballroom, swing, salsa, western and country dancing both on and off campus.

“But these events are really, really fun,” added Callaghan. “It’s nice to put away the text stuff, the iPhones, the iPads and really just connect with people. Dancing is great exercise and it’s one of ways that connects people.”

The event concluded with the awarding of the cowboy and cowgirl nominees presentation.

Alexander Sosa, a fourth-year electronics and computer engineering technology student, won Best Dancer.

“I always grew up with horses all my life, so I just naturally had the buckle, the hat, the shirt. Me dressing this one is kinda how I dress up back at home,” said Sosa, who wore authentic western clothing for the event.

The winners of Best Costume were David Benitez and Trisha Moreira.

“It’s awesome, I wasn’t even going to go up. My friend just pushed me in there and I ended up winning,” said fifth-year electrical engineering student Benitez.

“I love line dancing, I go to Montana’s all the time,” said fifth-year manufacturing engineering student Mason Arnold, one of the line dancers.

First-year international business marketing student Lexi Griffin became the teacher for the remaining line dancers after the event.

She said, “I personally love line dancing, so just getting people to kind of see country as not like a stereotypical hillbilly kind of thing, and how it’s actually really a fun thing””

ASI BEAT will continue to host dancing events with an array of themes.

Students, faculty and friends gathered for line dancing

Zara Hurtado / The Poly Post

Students, faculty and friends gathered for line dancing

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