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Sunday, June 3, 2007
One of the things a cheerleading squad must get right are their routines. How you look on the field is not only a reflection of the team but of your school as well. The tighter your routine is, the better you'll look. Good choreography is a must when you're putting together a routine and there are some easy tips to making the most out of your routines.
Take the talents of your members into consideration. If you have a cheerleader on your squad that is gifted at doing round offs, handsprings and can land in the splits then get to his or her feet with no effort - include a move like that in your routine. If you have a tiny member that can be vaulted high and used at the top of a stack - include it. The idea is to make the routines you do unique to your squad and highlight the abilities of every member making a team effort to put a good routine on the floor.
You can build a dance routine around some moves. Have a meeting and ask everyone what they feel their best move is - and start making routines around each of those. That way while your cheerleading squad continues working as a team - it also allows each member the chance to shine and showcase their skills.
Dance moves are a big part of cheerleading. Keep your squad's moves fresh by updating them periodically. Don't do the same routine over and over - change your choreography often and your routines will never become stale.
The music you choose will be a huge part of your cheerleading routine, make sure that your music is unique and original. It doesn't mean you have to have a score written for every move you make but rather use popular tunes that can easily be worked into a choreography routine. Many hip-hop songs are fantastic to create routines around and you can mix, edit and burn your own CD's to use during your routines using the software that comes resident on most newer computers.
Use tunes with a good beat - don't go for the soft or lulling - remember your cheerleading squad is there to inspire spirit! Use a portion of a song then let it lead into another song with a break in between and use those few seconds of break as one song leads into another to let a member showcase a back tuck or execute another move to wow the crowd. Make sure everyone is back in the line up when the music starts again.
Choreography is necessary to make each and every cheerleading routine your own. Make your routines anything but routine by including new music and new choreography often and you'll keep your cheerleading squad at the top!
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