Claps, stomps, shaking, creative movement, transitions, loud and sometimes deeper than normal traditional "cheer" voices, extreme sassiness, performance, rhythmic beats in cheers and chants once called is like your favorite song on the radio and all you want is for them to do it again! This is the art of Stomp and Shake/Non Traditional Cheerleading.
Synopsis on Stomp N' Shake History
Stomp N' Shake doesn't date back to any one particular day or event but rather in movements. Throughout African American history, rhythm and beats are the eloquence of the culture. Rooted in Africa, Stomp N' Shake's birthplace and majority of all of rhythmic dance were originated from African dance. Once brought to America, slaves brought the rhythmic dance from their homeland in celebration within church to the plantations. Embracing the culture in America you will see many of the traditions brought from the motherland in different facets of African American culture and how its evolved in the churches, schools, communities and playgrounds. Post slavery began the development and evolution of black culture as the states continue to modernize. African Americans desired more for education hence the evolution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. African Americans began to form groups and organizations such as greek fraternities and sororities. The empowerment continued as African Americans were forced in a time to fight for equality throughout the Civil Rights movement which many students were involved in who attended the different HBCUs. HBCUs provided a different atmosphere for African Americans. The sense of ownership heightened the spirits of those who attended versus predominantly white institutions. From the clothes worn, artistic expression and overall “swag” African American's found their voice and were ready to be heard. From fun handclap games to step teams within greek organizations in representation of pride, the rhythmic beats from slavery, to church, to celebration of freedom and happiness transpired to stepping and then to cheerleading and other forms of expression within the African American community. From “two stepping”, repeating chants in the streets for equality, to cheering from the sidelines at games, Stomp N' Shake cheerleading has composed elements of stepping, traditional cheerleading movement. and technique. Its origin is much deeper than spirit for one's team but more of spirit in one's culture. Stomp N' Shake also known as Non Traditional cheerleading is ever so evolving as HBCU squads specializing in the Stomp N' Shake style formulate enhanced material and routines with creativity. Thus as the style gains more validity from mainstream cheerleading, more cheer programs are evolving and incorporating more Stomp N' Shake styles. Many theorist believe on the Stomp N' Shake style was introduction to cheerleading on HBCU campuses to utilize the traditional blue print for cheerleading and enhance it with creativity and rhythmic movement in a non traditional way. The appreciation of this style does derive from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and UFIT appreciate the creators, innovators and pioneers of a style UFIT Cheer and Dance respects and provides in depth training for.
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