ESL Students Learn to Boot Scoot for the Rodeo!

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Visitors to Rice University who drove past the lawn in front of the Anderson-Clarke Center last Friday enjoyed quite a show! In preparation for our trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that evening, four rodeo volunteers visited us at Rice to teach our Intensive English students how to line dance. The event kicked off with yummy chili and cold iced tea, traditional Texan fare, and then students formed up in lines for their line dancing lesson. First we learned the four corners line dance, used to dance to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and then we circled up for the dance hall favorite “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” Our ESL students had so much fun learning to country dance, and those who weren’t quite brave enough to line up with their peers enjoyed tapping their feet to the music and cheering on their friends. The dance instruction ended with a song our students easily recognized… “Cupid Shuffle.” It’s always nice to dance to a song that tells you all the steps!

At the end of the day students hopped on the bus and headed out to the rodeo to put their new dance moves to good use. Even the rain wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of our students at the rodeo, many of whom had never seen bronco riding or steer wrestling before. Our students (and chaperones) were very impressed by the bull riding, but by far the favorite event was the mutton-bustin’…nothing compares to how cute little kids look riding sheep. Just as the rodeo wrapped up the skies cleared and students got to enjoy all the best parts of the carnival, including the infamous deep fried oreos. We love taking our ESL students to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and can’t wait to go again next year!

Author: Savannah Burch, Enrollment Coordinator

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