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Impressive feats can increase crowd involvement.
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Cheerleading is filled with impressive stunts and athletic feats, but the true point of the sport is to get the crowd involved in an athletic event. While all cheers and dances should increase crowd involvement, sometimes a crowd loses interest and a cheerleader needs to change her routine to draw the crowd back in.
Engaging the Crowd
Engaging directly with the crowd is one of the best ways to ensure you never lose their interest. Cheerleaders should be positioned close to the crowd -- ideally at the bottom of the stands in a location where the entire crowd can see them. Spotlights can draw further attention to the cheer. Making direct eye contact with spectators and moving around so that you get close to each section of the crowd can ensure that the crowd stays involved.
Sometimes a single song is all it takes to pump up the crowd. If people are losing interest, try changing the music to a high-energy dance number. If a particular song is popular with the crowd, it can effectively draw them in. Try scouring music station playlists to find the most popular current songs, or use the team's spirit song to gain the crowd's attention.
If the crowd is losing interest, it's time to pull out your most challenging and engaging stunts. Back flips and leaps can draw the crowd back in, particularly if your stunts are set to high-energy music. A pyramid can gain the attention of crowd members in the back because it makes it easier for them to see you. Make sure that there are interesting stunts going on at the top of the pyramid.
Cheers that directly request crowd participation can bring the life back to a bored crowd. Try call and response numbers that encourage people to engage in simple cheers that they already know well. Going into the crowd and picking out crowd members to dance with the cheerleaders can also draw spectators in, though you'll need to make sure you don't grab any reluctant participants. Encourage crowd members to clap along with music or sing along with popular songs, and you'll quickly pull them back in.