Few look it: most are lithe and fit from a lifetime of exercise. Now they are buzzing around a banquet hall set up in a club-seating deck on the upper level of Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans. There are nearly former N. There are sparkles on dresses, sparkles on earrings, sparkles on stilettos. The ex-cheerleaders have been drawn here by their shared past—a collective nostalgia for their days on the sidelines, their moment in the spotlight.
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Cheerleading is an activity in which the participants called "cheerleaders" cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It can range from chanting slogans to intense physical activity. It can be performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Competitive routines typically range anywhere from one to three minutes, and contain components of tumbling , dance , jumps , cheers , and stunting. Cheerleading originated in the United States, and remains predominantly in America, with an estimated 1. The global presentation of cheerleading was led by the broadcast of ESPN 's International cheerleading competition, and the worldwide release of the film Bring It On.
Another girl jumps into a basket—the foundation created when two cheerleaders lock their hands and wrists into a square—and soars twenty feet toward the ceiling, then does a back tuck in a pike position, executes two full twists, and falls into the waiting cradle as smoothly as a baseball finding a glove. At other points in the series, the cheerleaders wear mikes as they throw their stunts, and you can hear what it actually sounds like something like a wordless bar fight when bodies are thrown and caught with no protection beyond an intuited sense of physics and geometry and no padding except for muscle over bone. In cheerleading, as in gymnastics , the upper difficulty level is being pushed higher at a thrilling and alarming rate. Much of what the Navarro cheerleaders do onscreen was barred from competition, if not physically impossible, when I was cheering at a Texas high school, in the early two-thousands.
As the MeToo movement coalesced last fall, another national conversation was tapering off. Dozens of NFL players took a knee, prompting the country to debate how much control coaches and handlers should have over the conduct of their players. But another question has come to the fore, one that—like MeToo—revolves around gender and power: How much control should the NFL have over its cheerleaders? Meanwhile, last month the LA Rams announced they would make history by hiring two male cheerleaders.