GALA’s Spring Fling rocks Loftin

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Kevin Abrams, American Sign Language and Interpreting sophomore, dances a choreography of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” while everybody cheers in the GALA Spring Fling dance in the cafeteria of Loftin. Watch the video at theranger.org. Monica Correa

Kevin Abrams, American Sign Language and Interpreting sophomore, dances a choreography of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” while everybody cheers in the GALA Spring Fling dance in the cafeteria of Loftin. Watch the video at theranger.org. Monica Correa

The Gay, Ally and Lesbian Association hosts its second dance.

By Ingrid Wilgen

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

The dance floor was a magnet to dancers Saturday at GALA’s second Spring Fling in Loftin Student Center.

DJ John Coronado played what he called mixed audience motivational music.

Whether techno, hip hop, rhythm and blues, Spanish or country, the beat kept the dance floor busy.

“All the ‘shawtys’ in the club … back it up, drop it down” vibrated through the air as about 50 people swayed and lowered their hips in unison to “Wobble” by rap artist V.I.C.

The dress code was fierce and not everyone made it past the doormen.

Math sophomore Knovie Warren was turned away for wearing jeans.

He said he did not know about the advertised dress code that asked for semi-formal wear and prohibited jeans, polos, short skirts and dresses, T-shirts and oversized shorts.

Beyoncé Knowles’ hit “Single Ladies” drew dancers into a semi-circle around Kevin Abrams, American Sign Language and interpreting sophomore, to watch him get his groove on.

Abrams said he has been dancing since he was a child, and about five years ago, started performing in drag.

Toward the end of the event, Rivera polled the crowd, “Are you having fun? Pretty girls and pretty boys need to be rewarded.” With that flourish, the selection for King and Queen of the Fling began.

Dancers shouted the names of those they felt worthy of the crown.

Whoever received the loudest cheers from the crowd became a member of the royal court.

The applause for GALA President Rene Orozco clearly earned him King of the Fling, but a tie-breaker was needed to determine a queen.

Would it be former mortuary science sophomore Sierra Solano or Abrams?

A walk-off was used to settle the competition; the person with the best catwalk stride would take the crown.

Solano strutted like a runway model, striking a pose at the end of her journey.

But Abrams’ long stride and dance moves drew more cheers, earning him the title of queen.

Students from various Alamo Colleges took part in the dance.

Psychology freshman Lavelle Anthony walked to the campus from West Avenue and Jackson-Keller because he said he had no money for transportation

“I love SAC … and I wanted to support my school,” Anthony said.

Spring Fling coordinators Orozco, advertising and public relations sophomore, and business management sophomore Sonya Santiago Rivera said about 100 people attended the event.

At the end of the night, Orozco announced to the crowd, “It was a great success because of all of you.”

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