How to build a cheerleading stunt
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Materials: 2 people about the same height 1 person taller than the other two 1 person smaller than the rest (must have on tennis shoes) Additional people for extra support and safety precautions
How To Build A Cheerleading Stunt
Step 1: The two people that are almost the same height will be called the"bases". They should be facing each other about two feet apart with their legs spread shoulder length apart, bent into a double lunge. The tallest member will be called the "back spot". This person will be standing in between the two bases but also behind them. The picture is an example from a bird's eye view.
Step 2: After the bases and the back spot are all three in their positions, the fourth member of the group (the smallest) will be referred to as the "flyer". This will be the person that will will be held in the air. The flyer will stand in between the bases and in front of the back spot as shown.
Step 3: After the entire group knows where they're standing, it is time to learn their parts. Without performing these tasks, it is essential to know that the bases will be holding the flyer's feet and holding him/her in the air while the back spot will grip tightly on the flyer's ankles, giving support and lifting weight. The flyer will stand with a flat, straight body, without moving. It is also important for each member to understand the danger in this task. There is a very large risk of injury and each member must be taking this matter seriously to avoid any accidents.
Step 4: Now that every group member knows their job, it is time to try to build the stunt. The flyer will place its hands on the bases shoulders (the bases should still be in a double lunge) and put their right foot into the base on his/her right side's hands. Then the flyer will shift all of his or her weight into their arms and lift off the ground, putting their left foot into the left base's hands. The back spot will grab the flyer's ankles but all the flyer's weight should only be in their arms. The flyer is now in a hang drill.
Step 5: After the stunt group is in a hang drill, the back spot will count to three, on three, the bases will will quickly lower the feet and thrust the feet up toward their heads. This movement needs to be controlled and safe. During this time, the back will lift the ankles with the bases. The bases will bend their elbows, holding the foot under their chin, gripping the foot tightly. The flyer should now be standing straight up in the air. To come down, slowly lower the flyer onto the ground. Practice until it is easy!
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