It promises to be the most dynamic pyjama party ever.
Palmerston North’s Zero Gravity Cheerleading enjoyed such a great success with last year’s fundraising Eat, Sleep, Cheer sleepover, that two separate agegroup nights have been organised for the weekend.
‘‘It’s the first one we’re having in the new gym, ‘‘ said cheerleader Holly Spiers, who was looking forward to taking part in the senior night on Saturday.
Juniors have their turn on Friday night.
The $36,000 specially sprung, full competition floor looked as if it should be comfortable enough to sleep on.
It certainly makes it better for the cheerleaders to perform their routines.
‘‘It means that when we come to competitions we’re already used to a competition standard floor,’’ Zero Gravity co-owner and coach Sarah Mitchell said.
‘‘[For the sleepovers] we’ve got pizza, hot chips, games, competitions, prizes, stunting, and tumbling, and cheerleading videos from America to give us a bit of inspiration.’’
A routine can require team members to hold ‘‘flyers’’ at arms length above their heads, along with a number of tumbles and stunts.
Zero Gravity co-owner Courtney Thompson said Eat, Sleep Cheer was also open to non-- cheerleaders who could be family members, friends or anyone wanting an introduction to cheerleading.
This year, Zero Gravity, who put in an appearance at the city Christmas parade each year, have four teams that plan to take part in five North Island competitions.
‘‘We’re also wanting to take a team to an Australian competition,’’ Thompson said.
An Australian cheerleader turned up to last week’s session, but this had nothing to do with sussing out the Kiwi opposition.
Kristyn Lane, 17, from Brisbane had been in Manawatu on holiday, staying with family in Feilding.
A member of Brisbane’s Spirit Elite All-Stars Cheerleaders, she googled to find out about cheerleading in the region, came along to meet her Kiwi compatriots, and was made to feel welcome.
‘‘All cheerleaders are family,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘It’s a great family sport.’’
In a preview of their pyjama party, Zero Gravity cheerleaders get it together in their jim-jams.