Line Dancing Lessons Get ESL Students Rodeo Ready!


When you’re driving along a main street in Houston and find yourself surrounded by horseback riders and covered wagons, you know it’s time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! As Houstonians, this is one of our favorite events to attend with our Intensive English students. We started our festivities early in the day with a line dancing lesson from a couple of Houston Rodeo volunteers. Students learned the four corners line dance so they could “Boot Scoot,” and then circled up for “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” Those who weren’t quite brave enough to join in the dancing could take pictures in our rodeo-themed photo booth, or snack on traditional chili, a staple of Texas cuisine.

After class later that day, everyone loaded up the bus and rode down the street to NRG Park, where the Houston Rodeo is held every year…where we had even more fun! ESL students got to visit the carnival, see the animals at the AGventure exhibits, taste a little bit of deep-fried anything (Jalapeños! Oreos! Cookie dough!), and of course, watch the world-famous Houston Rodeo. The high energy of the bronco riding and barrel racing events were very popular, but as usual, the unanimous favorite was the mutton bustin’. To top it all off, we enjoyed a musical performance by pop star Demi Lovato…a perfect night at the rodeo!

Author: Savannah Burch, Enrollment Coordinator

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