Cheerleading and Dance

1715 WordsJan 28, 20077 Pages
Cheerleading and Dance When people think about cheerleaders and dancers they are categorized as total opposites. But in reality cheerleading is based on dance. Like dance they both have physical and mental requirements, their preparation and techniques are similar. However, they have many differences including their body motions and one major difference which is that cheerleaders cheer. The first thing that both cheerleaders and dancers have in common is their attitudes. Both dance and cheerleading requires positive attitudes. Ballerina Margot Fonteyn wrote: A dancer should be determined, receptive, patient, and possess a strong sense of self-awareness. He or she must be able to accept criticism readily, for this is a common…show more content…
pg 7). "All dances start with warm-up exercises," wrote Cheryl Tobey in Modern Dance, "stretching helps your range of motion and avoid injuries." (Peter, pg 26) "It is important to ensure that before going on to stretch the various muscle groups, the dancer gently mobilizes each of the joints through their full range of movement," says David Slade, a writer for the web site CriticalDance.com. (Peter. pg 27). An athlete's condition is also part of one's physical techniques. Making sure you know how or what to exercise before the big day, among many other things, is crucial to staying in top condition. As with athletic activity, muscle aches, pains and sprains can occur at any moment. (Peter. pg 5). Injury is a very painful part of techniques. Cheerleader and dancers should use proper technique, which is the best way to prevent an injury. Cheerleaders and dancers all try to prevent injuries, but let's face it, sometimes they are unavoidable. During practice, it's the coaches responsibility to make sure cheerleaders and dancers are staying with in their ability limits, but outside of practice, it's all up to the athlete (Peter. pg 6). Mental techniques include choreography, training, and body motions. As for choreography, they should learn a whole cheer all at once, instead learn it a verse at a time. They should learn the moves of a routine all at once, instead learn one move at a time. Then put all the pieces together. (Peter, pg 38) "The
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