.Campus summer clinics
encourage high school
cheerleaders to flaunt it
By SARA ANSPACH
Nervous giggle. Your team's name is
called. Squeal. Squeal some more.
Bounce up to the front of the audience
and do a few cartwheels if you can.
Now wait for the audience to. quiet
down. Get in line and stand
straight-boobs up, shoulders back.
OH YES, don't forget to smile. That
could be deadly.
You see, the smile makes the
cheerleader. It's far more important
than what they tell you about good
muscles; good bodies, and loud voices.
They aren't worth much compared to a
perpetual toothy grin. (Add 20 points
The elusive cheerleader smile and
the other finer points of the art were
taught here all summer long at four-
day camps - sponsored by three
separate national associations -
devoted to the promotion of pep and
THE HUNDREDS of junior high and
high school cheerleadersattending
camp in town were easily
distinguishable from the rest of Ann
Arbor's mangy-looking summer crowd.
Not only were they neat-dressed alike
in skimpy school-color outfits - but
they shouted wherever they went.
They cheered from the moment they
got off the buses in front of South Quad
dormitory where they stayed to the
final performances and awards
ceremony on the last night of camp.
South Quad Building Director Mary
Antieau and her summer staff crew had
an awesome responsibility. They had to
keep the noise at a minimum so studen-
ts across the street in West Quad and
the Law Quad could retain some peace
RULES SAID cheerleading was not
allowed in the building. It was not
allowed in the front yard of the dorm
and it was prohibited any other place
where the noise might bother people.
But rules also said the cheerleading
team that showed the most spirit at all
times would be given a big prize on
awards night. What were the rule-
abiding cheerleaders to do?
They showed their spirit and yelled
their lungs out.
Much of the bouncy-bouncy smiles
appear contrived. After awards are
given out the winners have plenty of
bona fide pep but the loser's smiles and
claps are rather mechanical.
"WE DID terrible, really terrible,"
confessed Karen, a high school
cheerleader in an ugly maize and
pruple outfit. Her face was long and she
wasn't bouncing. "Fourth out of eight
teams. That's terrible.
"You know why we didn't win? We
didn't smile enough. Our mounts were
CHEERLEADERS REHEARSE one last time this summer outside the Student Activities Building prior to the night of per-
formances and awards.
The stereotype of the cheerleader as
the dream screw of every red-blooded
American male does not bother these
teenage cheerleaders. They say they
don't think that description is very true-
to-life, although a junior high-schooler
named Jeanie admitted that
cheerleading is "kind of like flirting."
The consensus among several
cheerleaders resting between sessions
was that while cheerleading isn't as
cool as it was say, twenty-five years
ago, it is still a pretty cool thing to do in
THE CHEERLEADING associations
are non-profit organizations that spon-
sor thousands of camps across the
country. They provide counselors to
teach everything a cheerleader needs
to know- pep skits, beginning gym-
nastics, partner stunts, jumps, pompon
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'You know why we didn't win? We
didn't smile. Our mounts were perfect,
but we didn't smi-ile. 'She put her hands
on her maize and purple hips and smi-
iled a very good imitation
one of the winning teams.
perfect, but we didn't smi-ile." She put
her hands on her maize and purple hips
and smi-iled a very good imitation
grimace of one of the winning teams.
She also'-unconsciously wiggled her
breasts and mover her hips in a tit-
tilating fashion that suggested perhaps
the winning team's smiles weren't
totally responsible for its success.
Sexy movements are stressed almost
as much as smiles. "Swing those hips
girls! Move them in a circle, I want
them to swing!" barked a former
cheerleader to approximately 70 eager
teen-agers outside of Angell Hall during
one practice session.
AND DURING the final performance
those routines with the most alluring
swings and the most split-crotch kicks
won the heaviest applause. The
regimented routines where the girls
marched like soldiers and shot off cap
guns or performed other un-ladylike
acts were given only perfunctory han-
dclaps and received raised eyebrows
from the audience.
routines, giant pyramids, crowd
sociology, and spirit-boosting ideas.
The cheerleaders paid room and
board to the University and in turn
South Quad provided them with room.
and board and evening activities, in-
cluding scavenger hunts and dances
with some of the male athletes staying
in the dorm for athletic camps. The
cheerleading associations provided
style shows at night so squads can get a
glimpse of the latest fashions in
A cheerleader who especially liked
the style show confided to a friend that
everyone, just everyone, at camp wore
their hair in braids. "I think it has
something to do with Bo Derek," she
This story is reprinted from the
summer edition of The Daily.
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THIS PYRAMID is one of the formations cheerleaders learn at summer camp.
This year South Quad hosted hundreds of teenage cheerleaders for four-day
sessions at which they learned new cheers, new routines, and how to smile.
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