City College students found go-go dancing group “Entergalactic GoGo”

Cecily Trowbridge and Cecily Trowbridge

The clunky white boots of the sixties go-go era are out. What’s in: neon fishnets, furry rainbow leg-warmers, and the rhythmic movements of go-go dancers of the modern age; girls that seem to epitomize the literal translation of the term “gogo” which in French means “joy and happiness.”

Two of these girls are City College students Eboni Walker of Paso Robles and Chanel Mickelsen of Westlake Village who have started their own Isla-Vista based go-go dancing company, “Entergalactic GoGo.”

As they sway, rock and swing to the cadence lashing around them, each smack of the bass is met with the graceful motion of an arm, leg, or head. Their job is to hypnotize the people dancing below them.

Go-go dancing has been brought back in abundance, a popular form of entertainment at raves, dances, parties and clubs. Part of this comeback can be attributed to its relationship with the intoxicating beats of both house and electronic music; dubstep, for example, a specific genre of electro that originated in South-East London has now taken America by storm. Hearthesounds.com calls dubstep “the sound of the 21st century” and if the majority of people in the world haven’t heard it by now, they soon will.

“I have two favorite parts of go-go dancing,” Walker said with a smile. “First, being half-naked and second, the performance we’re putting on.”

A normal outfit for the modern go-go dancer is a bra, shorts and stockings – typically all in bright, vivid colors so as to enhance the visual effect of their performances.

“Entergalactic GoGo” is comprised of five girls, both UCSB and City College attendees.

“We all have a background in dance,” Walker said. “It all started with a party. We were dancing on a podium. A couple weeks later, we were like ‘We love dancing. Let’s do it.'”

“Funny story,” Mickelsen added, “I have a scar from that night.”

Mickelsen and Walker chose the name on a whim, throwing out random words and deciding a name they considered being both intriguing and descriptive of go-go.

Walker, a communication major at City College and Mickelsen, a dance major, met during a dance class and now live together. They are also, respectively, President and Vice-President of City College’s dance club.

The “Entergalactic GoGo” group has danced at venues such as local club and restaurant Sandbar and music store Discoteca El Amigo.

“My favorite gig so far was El Nido Electric Rager,” Mickelsen said.

 

“Me too,” Walker agreed, “We have a lot of DJ friends that help us get gigs and this was one of them. There were 50 people there by 11 alone.”

While “Entergalactic GoGo” is not currently charging, the group endeavors to make a name for it and to eventually make their passion a profitable business.

“The power of Facebook and networking have helped us so much,” Walker said. “Within two days of creating our page we had over 150 followers.”

The team has also partnered with newly founded party management company “Venture Brotherz,” another Isla Vista-based, student-run entrepreneurship in order to expand their venue opportunity.

Ron Faria, head of security of “Venture Brotherz,” said they were trying to get the message out that you can have fun and be safe simultaneously in Isla Vista when dealing with his group.

“If a girl is drinking and wants a walk home, we can do that for her,” Faria said, but stressed that there is a strict rule enforced that guards would not go past the sidewalk of an apartment.

Both Walker and Mickelsen also performed in City College’s contemporary dance performance “Kinesis” on Friday and Saturday.

“When we’re not dancing, it’s because we’re at school or work,” Walker said, while Mickelsen added, “I’m usually rehearsing. A lot. I work as well and I’m with Fusion Dance Company.”

It’s clear that these girls have found their passion.

“If we’re not in class, we’re probably dancing,” Walker laughed.