Coordinating the count series, timing and motions of a cheerleading stunt is only the beginning of mastering a move. Once the flyer is in position for the stunt, what next? Well, she needs to be able to come back down to the ground safely, and the dismount should be performed as cleanly as the stunt itself.
The cradle is a basic stunt dismount used in cheerleading that adds a little flare to your stunt. Unlike the pop down dismount, the cradle involves the flyer going completely airborne. Once a stunt group is more advanced, they can add other moves to the cradle, like tumbling skills such as a twist or flip, to make it more exciting.
Though a basic dismount, the cradle still requires strength, agility, skill and trust among squad members. Members of cheerleading stunt groups need to have a fitness and strengthening routine to keep their bodies and muscles conditioned for the demands of stunting. Stunts and dismounts should only be performed under proper, trained supervision to ensure the safety of everyone.
Before any group attempts a stunt or dismount, they should discuss and decide on a standard count series. Each and every stunt and dismount a group performs should be done on counts, and it is typically the responsibility of the spotter to keep the beat and call it out. Timing is critical in stunting and dismounting, and new teams need to practice their timing as much as they practice their actual stunts.
How To Perform A Basic Cradle Dismount From The Elevator Position
Remember! It it is important for cheerleaders that are active in stunting to wear the proper cheerleading shoes and attire, for support and to reduce injury. When looking for shoes for cheerleading, it’s important to have finger grips, heel grooves, smoother traction on the bottom and flexible support. Your practice wear and uniforms need to be fitted so that no one gets tangled up in extra material.
Jessica brings her experience as a gymnast, dancer, team athlete and camp counselor to Cheerleading Blog, and CheerLiving Magazine, as the Editor-in-Chief. Jessica lived in the Chicagoland area, where she received a B.A. in Communications before moving to San Diego. Jessica has a fish tank at her office and at home, is addicted to music and can't resist french fries.