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. Blacks 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, music listened to and overall “swag” black people had found its 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 black community.
From “two stepping”, repeating chants in the streets for equality, to the sideline in games to cheer on a team, stomp and shake cheerleading has composed elements of stepping, and traditional cheerleading movement and technique of what we now see today.
Its origin is much deeper than spirit for one,s team but more of spirit in one,s culture.
Stomp and Shake/ Non Traditional cheerleading is only evolving as HBCU squads specializing in the stomp and shake style obtain the tradition of identity enhance material and routines with creativity as the style gains more validity from mainstream cheerleading and beginning to evolve programs and encompass more stomp and shake elements.
There are many theories on the stomp and shake style but as much as dated can only be stated and confirmed with the introduction of cheerleading on HBCU campuses and the style they chose to go with. Whether the decision was made to follow a traditional blue print for cheerleading or take a new innovative route of creativity and rhythmic movement in a non traditional light, the appreciation of this style does derive from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and we appreciate the creators, innovators and pioneers of a style UFIT Cheer and Dance respects and provides in depth training for.
Welcome to UFIT where we keep yoU Focused In Technique of traditional cheerleading, as it has no color and the creative and uniqueness of non traditional/stomp and shake cheerleading.