Different Types And Forms Of Dance

1042 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Alexa Hite
Nona McCaleb
Dance in World Cultures
9 December 2015
Cheerleading
There are many different types and forms of dance out there in the world today. There are a lot of well-known dances, but there are also a ton of dances that are under appreciated or not very well known. For example, Cheerleading is known yet it is not a very popular dance that most people know. The roots of cheerleading started in the late 18th century. In 1860, a group of students from Great Britain started to cheer and chant in unison for their sport teams. By 1877, organized cheerleading started as an all male sport. By the time 1923 rolled around, the University of Minnesota allowed women to start cheering (see picture). However, other schools did not allow it until the late 1920s. By the 1950s, cheerleading in America became very popular and ten years later cheerleading was known as a feminine extracurricular for boys. But by the 1970s females took over cheerleading and the males took a step back from it. Cheerleading was making its way to the top. People could find cheerleading in every school ranging from college to preschool and across the country. In 1975, Randy Neil estimated that over 500,000 students participated in American cheerleading from grade school to the collegiate level. He also approximated that ninety-five percent of cheerleaders within America were female. As of 2005, statistics show 97% of all cheerleading participants are female, although at the collegiate level,…
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