Extreme cheerleading coming to Hudson
Pilot group to perform at convocation
LAgroup of students at Westwood Sr. High School in Hudson are ready to bring it onanddemonstrate the moves and skills they’ve learned during a six-week extreme cheerleading pilot program.
eyda Jimenez, director of North Shore Extreme Cheerleading, which is based in the West Island, said she brought the pilot group to Westwood because so many girls from the region seemed to like the idea.
“We had a lot of interest so we decided to give it a try and create a buzz,” she said.
The pilot group of less than 10 participants will showcase their skills during Westwood’s upcoming graduation ceremony, taking place on June 21.
And though it is not yet clear if the project will be adopted to include a cheer squad at the school next year, Jimenez said that is the goal.
“We bring our coach into the school to work with students, but we also have a teacher advisor assigned to us, so it’s in cooperation with the school,” she explained.
Jimenez’s says her program is in other schools and she is confident it can also be implemented in Hudson, though such details as cost and if it will be a school affiliated team or an outside activity offered at the school, have yet to be worked out.
The Westwood team is a beginner group, meaning participants are learning many of the skills needed.
Competitive extreme cheering, which is not about cheering for sports teams at all, is a sport in itself where participants learn to execute synchronized routines for a panel of judges who score the team on several different components. Routines see members use skills such acrobatics, dance and tumbling, as well as cheer motions and stunt maneuvers.
Jimenez says people who do the sport often gain confidence and higher self esteem.
This photo, of a competitive North Shore Extreme Cheerleading team, shows some of the skills students in a pilot group at Westwood Sr. have been learning.