A Stunt Group’s Key to a Perfect Arabesque Full Down
You’ve probably been to a sporting event with cheerleaders before. You most likely saw the peppy girls and guys jumping, cheering, tumbling, and stunting. Cheerleaders at some schools build several different variations of one-legged stunts. Before they stunt, they make sure that there are at least four athletes present or they cannot safely build. They’re coach probably allows them to stunt as they please, as long as they go by the rules and keep safety first.
They begin an arabesque by prepping for the stunt. They always make one hundred percent sure that the flyer, main base, secondary base, and back spot are wearing the appropriate attire. Clothing must be easy to move around in, tennis shoes, and absolutely no jewelry. After they’ve prepped, they come up with eight-counts to go with the arabesque and full down cradle. Then, after each member of the group has memorized the counts, they mark the stunt. This makes sure that everyone in the stunt group is fully together. Knowing the counts is the most important job for the group as a whole because everyone has to be totally together to ensure a safe build.
The next step begins the building of the stunt. They use the “hamburger style” of building a one leg stunt. This means that the main base’s hands are in the “book position” on the flyer’s shoe and the secondary base’s hands are cupped around the foot in the shape of a hamburger. The back spot supports the right ankle with one hand and the seat of the flyer with the other. Once all positions are explained it is time to put that flyer in the air.
Now that it is time, each base uses her quad muscles to dip, and push that flyer in the air. Once her foot is at chest level on her bases, they extend their arms the rest of the way up above their heads. The key to a flyer staying in the air is being extremely tight, using the gluteal and abdominal muscles, and squeezing through the stomach....