05/18/2012 at 06:00 AM EDT
Letting loose on Wednesday night, newly single Sofia Vergara
got the party started to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" at Beauty & Essex in New York City with a group of 16 ladies.
Casually clad in a flowy white tank and leopard-print Louboutin heels, the Modern Family
star, danced on chairs at the hotspot with her fellow partygoers, when security and staff reprimanded the group for "safety reasons," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
When the women were asked to get off the chairs, Vergara comically replied, "We are not from America. We won't sue. It's not in our vocabulary." – Carlos Greer