On Feb. 18 the Elsberry High School Cheerleaders hosted a one-day cheerleading camp for students at Clarence Cannon Elementary.
“We had the little girls come in after school and meet us in the elementary gym,” said Cheerleading Sponsor Reagan Skaggs. “From 3 p.m. until about 4:45 p.m. we worked on teaching them a dance and a cheer. We also did some jumps with some of them, depending on their ages.”
The students were split into four groups: Pre-K and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd and 4th Grade and 5th and 6th Grade.
Three high school cheerleaders were then assigned to work with each group.
“Normally we have between 30 and 35 kids participate each year,” said Skaggs. “This year we had 55 girls show up. It’s the first time we’ve ever had that many.”
Skaggs said all of the kids picked up both the dance and the cheer very quickly.
After their rehearsal the students were fed hotdogs, chips and soda.
Later that night, during halftime of the junior varsity girls basketball game, all 55 students were led out to the court where they performed a dance to the song “Cruisin’ For A Bruisin”.
This was followed by a brief cheer routine.
“The little girls did an excellent job,” said Skaggs. “This is the first year that we’ve done a dance. Normally we just do a cheer and maybe a few jumps. I had a lot of parents come up to me afterward and tell me how much they enjoyed the dance.”