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The following article was posted on January 24th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 26 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 26

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

After having spent about a month in your room on your computer, being forced to stretch your legs and once again walk around the school campus probably doesn’t seem easy, Cougars. But whenever you feel like “this just isn’t fair” or “I don’t think I can handle another semester of this,” bear in mind that there are more than 9,000 other students at Cuesta who may or may not feel the same way! Yay!

You know what I do when I’m feeling frustrated? When I need to release tension? Well, besides bellowing along to power metal in unoccupied bathrooms between passing periods and heavy sobs, I dance! And you can dance, too! It’s healthy for you and really, really fun! Check this out:

Your brethren at Cal Poly—in particular those who are members of the Cal Poly DanceSport Team—will be holding the team’s sixth annual Ballroom and Latin DanceSport Competition from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the university’s Chumash Auditorium. Local and visiting athletes alike will grace Poly’s halls with both International- and American-style ballroom dances. And you are allowed to participate, too! Regardless of skill level or age, you may visit cpdancesport.org/comp or call 242-3262 to register for your go at the competition—though you’re strongly encouraged to register by Jan. 26.

Spectators are welcome. Cal Poly students with a valid ID get in free, otherwise, admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. The competition will wrap up with a special performance by professional ballroom dance competitors Jonathon Atkinson and Lorena Bravo. There will be other styles of dancing as well at the event, as well as other performances.

Another place where dance music is often offered, and, hell, where you can just walk to get a little exercise if it suits you, is at SLO’s very own farmers markets. Yes, I know you’ve probably heard of them before. But, really, you’re doing yourself a favor by going. It’s not just for produce anymore. And even if it was, it’s really the only thing for anyone younger than 21 to do downtown at night—that’s legal. You can support local business, get great food, dance, watch performers, and hang out with your friends after hours without feeling shifty. It’s so nice to know there are options for those college students who haven’t made the all-important jump to legal insobriety. Thank you for thinking of us, San Luis Obispo. (Not that I could have encouraged anyone to drink in our Health and Fitness issue; I mean, who do you think I am?)

Intern Chris White-Sanborn is the answer to the last sentence. At least he hopes he is. He compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs and would love it if you sent him even more material to work with, be it news or even sought help re: making your school experience the best it can be! Whatever you end up submitting, the destination is cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.