There are many ways to perform a cheerleading stunt, and
more unique combinations are being choreographed every day! No matter which way
you flip and twirl into one, what matters is that you make it HIT. With routine
cohesiveness in mind, your coach could sprinkle stunts anywhere in the rundown,
but stunts are known to follow before or after any dance portion. Now that
you’ve gotten your crowd pumped, let’s get their jaws to drop! Everyone
assembles to their stunt group spots, and it’s time to shine! No matter if
you’re a backspot or a flyer, liberties are perfect for any performances for
1. Liberties promote unity. What would the United States be without Lady
Liberty? Just like the iconic statue is a symbol of America, a liberty is the
same for your team: you can’t pull off a liberty with just one team member
alone. Backspots have to lift with all their power, flyers have to hit with
sharp motions, and if there are several stunt groups doing liberties in tandem
or in unison, everyone has to have perfect timing. And, cheer teams are all
about teamwork, so there’s an added bonus for bringing your stunt group
together to pull of a liberty. All for one and one for all!
2. Liberties give your flyer the spotlight. With arms stretched up into a V,
your flyer is the center of attention during the duration of the liberty.
Soaring to great heights, liberties are a classic way to make any routine POP,
especially following or accompanying a dance portion or tumbling combinations.
During stunts, your flyer normally gets all the attention, but with liberties,
the audience really gets dazzled by a flyer’s elegance and charisma.
3. Liberties require advanced balance. Standing on one leg
isn’t easy; now, try to stand on one leg, on several people’s hands, while
smiling, and possibly holding cheer items like signs or megaphones. It isn’t
for the beginning cheerleader! Flyers really have to dedicate time to zone in
on their balancing skills, not to mention the amount of leg and core strength
it takes to hold it without crumbling to the floor. That does not just happen
overnight! If you can nail a liberty, you show your audience just how far
you’ve come as a cheerleader.
4. Liberties are classic. There are a lot of new stunts out
there, but liberties are definitely an oldie, but goodie! Liberties are a piece
of cheerleading history, and they aren’t going anywhere soon. It actually was
the first stunt ever to be done in cheerleading in 1976 at cheer camps around
the United States! Without stunts, cheer routines would be stale, but luckily,
stunts have evolved from a liberty to all sorts of fun ways to capture the
crowd’s attention. And, it all started from a liberty–can you imagine that?
What are other reasons you love doing
liberties? What’s your favorite stunt? Let us know in the comments!