No cheerleading routine can be complete without stunts. Stunts show off the cheerleading squad’s dexterity or skill, and they are usually done by tossing or holding up another cheerleader in the air. There are many variations of the basic two-legged stunts, one-legged stunts, and tosses.
Cheerleading Stunt Roles
There are five kinds of cheerleaders involved in performing stunts.
A pyramid is composed of several of these stunts connected in the air by the flyers, either by holding hands or having several layers of the pyramid. Flyers in the air act as a base to support another layer of flyers. An example of a stunt in a pyramid is the extension prep. The flyer places both feet in the hands of two different bases. The two bases then face each other and hold the flyer up to the collarbones. This stunt is typically used as a transition to more complicated stunts. Another example is the liberty, or lib. This basic one-legged stunt involves one or two bases holding a flyer by one foot; the flyer balances her weight on that leg. The other leg is bent and the foot is placed on knee level. The combination of stunts and their variations make each pyramid unique.
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