There might not be crowded football stadiums this fall, but for a group of budding cheerleaders in Solon, spirit abounds.
Complete in cheer uniforms featuring the Solon High School colors of blue and white as well as Ohio State University’s scarlet and gray, and with pom poms in hand, about a dozen young cheerleaders took part in a clinic that will continue through the month of November at the Solon Center for the Arts dance studio.
The most popular age group is 5-7-year-olds, Allison Urban, dance department coordinator, said.
They bring enthusiasm and school spirit to each and every class.
“They love it, and they are ready to go,” Nicole Crowl, a former Mayfield High School cheerleader and instructor with the art center, said. “You can tell they love it because they listen so well.
“They get excited every time they come in,” she said.
The group of youngsters learn everything from tuck jumps and toe touches to conditioning and stretching. Instruction also includes basic arm positions, Ms. Crowl said. During the October sessions, the groups learned two cheers and chants as well as a cheer mix set to the music of the movie “Frozen.”
Ms. Urban said the clinics are presented in light of the pandemic and fall football and cheerleading being curtailed.
“One of the best things about fall is football and cheerleading so we wanted to give students an opportunity to work on their cheer skills,” she said.
Some art center instructors have cheered in high school and college and been part of the Cleveland Cavaliers cheer squads.
There is an element of dance to the clinics, Ms. Urban noted.
The clinics are geared toward anyone who may have an interest in cheer.
“We are teaching them the art of cheering,” Ms. Urban added.
Originally, the clinics were to be held just in October, but due to interest were extended through the month of November for a second session.
This is the first time cheer has been offered, Ms. Urban noted.