Whether you have a teenager who is looking to join her school’s cheer squad, or a preschooler with a lot of energy, cheerleading is a great way for kids of all ages to master a variety of physical and mental skills. Check out the list below for a few of the beneficial life skills that cheer can teach!
- Mental Focus
It takes a lot to master jumps, dance moves, and complicated routines. Students must pay close attention to their coach as they’re teaching, and while practicing the skill on their own. In our fast-paced world full of distractions, a focused mind that can block out distractions will help kids and teens in all areas of life.
- Working Until You Succeed
No one succeeds the first time they attempt a toe touch, or a back handspring. It takes time for the body and mind to learn how to make a tumbling pass or a dance combination really work. As they practice, kids are given a safe place to try something new, and then try it a thousand more times until they get it. We focus not only on their final success when they master the skill, but also celebrate their willingness to continue trying even if it takes time to succeed.
- The Show Must Go On
In a recent cheer competition, I watched as one of the cheerleaders stumbled coming out of her tumbling pass. She had so much momentum that she couldn’t stop herself, and we all watched as she continued to fall forward for what felt like minutes, but I know was just a few seconds. Ugh, I felt so bad for her. I imagined the hours of practice that she had devoted, and how many times it had gone right, only for it to go wrong when it mattered. But, she recovered, and caught back up with her squad. She could have run off of the court, frustrated and upset, but, instead, she re-focused and kept on going. The ability to fail and move on is vital because success is born out of failure and endurance.
- Hard Work
Cheerleaders are exciting to watch. The intricate dance moves, jumps, and tumbling passes full of tucks and back handsprings always bring cheers and applause from the audience. It’s natural to want to be a part of that. However, those who want to be successful have to put in hours of practice and conditioning to wow the crowd for just a few minutes. This commitment to hard work is something that I know we all want our kids to have, and cheer is a great way to work on that skill.
The power of a girl squad is hard to beat. When young women work together to perfect a routine, they also develop strong bonds that extend way beyond practice. Teammates learn to work hard not just for themselves, but also for their entire team. They know that their team’s success depends on how well they perform, which will drive them to work even when they might not feel like doing it for themselves.
- Skills for Mini Poms
In addition to the larger life skills that older children can learn, cheer is also a great way for younger children to develop physical skills including balance, movement, motor skills and tumbling basics. Little ones can also improve their listening skills and focus while they pay attention to their coach’s instructions. They will also develop flexibility and coordination all while making new friends and having a great time!
This summer Dance Pointe Performing Arts Center will host cheer camps for girls ages
3-18. Each camp is designed to fit the needs of its age group with skills including tumbling, jumps, cheer motions are more. For more information, visit the
Cheerleading Camps page on our website. Registration for July and August sessions is open now.