Evolution of Cheerleaders

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21 comments to Evolution of Cheerleaders

  • Phil

    Wow! Bobby soxers in saddle shoes in the 1920s? Must be time travel!

  • Naomi

    Was thinking the same thing as Phil.

  • Lauren

    Yeah, I think that one was mismarked – film quality, costume, shoes, hair all point to much later.

  • Jimbo

    Next line stolen from Ace of Spades………….

    I predict that by 2020 poles will be standard equipment for all cheerleading squads.

  • Ellen

    Everything was pretty cute up until the 1970s.

  • Pit

    I’d like to see 2030′s, now.

  • John

    Proof of Global Warming?

  • Andrea

    I don’t agree with how you portrayed modern cheerleaders… Teams are now competing with each other, on the national and global stage, we have to perfect routines that take months to perfect and we have to complete stunts that an everyday person could not do. Cheerleading takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It is about so much more than skimpy outfits.

  • Kait

    Have you noticed the ladies in the earlier photos look….well…HEALTHIER?

    they’re like twigs, now.

  • Francesca

    to kait- really? their outfits are much bulkier but i personally didn’t think they looked all that different. in the 2000s+ photos, those girls have ABS, they have THIGH MUSCLES, they have boobs and butts! They are far more ATHLETIC, yeah, but they probably all weigh 20 pounds more than a fashion model- in muscle!!!

  • Jen

    This isn’t the evolution of cheerleading, the photos stopped showing *actual* cheerleaders at 1980. “Professional” cheerleaders are not cheerleaders at all, they are dancers. There is a major difference between what real cheerleaders do and what dance teams do. Real cheerleading involves dance, tumbling and stunting, where is all that in this evolution?

  • Samantha

    Wow! DUMB. I hate the images of “Pro” cheerleaders. Those are NOT cheerleaders. Those are girls with no self respect shaking their asses in hope of making a dollar- cough STRIPPERS. REAL cheerleaders compete year round doing difficult amazing stunts, gymnastics, and dance. This website is DUMB.

  • Amanda

    I wouldnt call NFL cheerleaders actual cheerleaders they are more of a dance team. i wish they could have shown how the stunts have become more difficult and dangerous.

  • Chris

    I take a certain pride in being called DUMB, Samantha

  • BekahSue

    @Jimbo…that was harsh…no need to quote with unnecessary harshness. Cheer leading has become a very difficult sport and all of those that say otherwise need to shut it and move on to something else to insult.

  • Ashleigh

    i wish they would have shown REAL cheerleaders in the 2010s… we work alot harder on stunting and tumling and its alot more intese than just dancing in skimpy outfits…thats not cheering.

  • Nevak

    WOW!… Amazing

  • Cami

    I’m sorry, but all these are different types of cheerleading. Starting in the late-70s is when cheerleading hit a fork, and some cheerleading squads went in the “dance” direction (football cheerleaders like for the Dallas Cowboys) and the other went in a “gymnast” direction.

    The stereotypical cheerleader is that of a gymnast, not a dance. Cheerleaders shout, yell, dance, tumble, get aggressive and throw each other 20 feet in the air.

    Dancing cheerleaders run around in slutty outfit spreading their legs for the sake of football.

  • Aly

    All I notice is the outfits getting skimpier and skimpier o_0

  • Paula (former cheerleader)

    I was a cheerleader back in the late 70s. Most of the girls in our school would try out for those 7-10 spots on the cheering squad. If you did not make cheering, one would go out for sports such as field hockey or girls’ basketball as a second choice for many. We were respected. The summer before my senior year was the first time we went to a cheering camp, where we did learn a dance we performed at half time (no provocative moves). We also learned cheers to “lead” the crowd. I wonder if this was the original intention of “cheerleader” ?? We could get the whole crowd including teachers, parents, students and alumni to join us in appropriate cheers. Some cheers were not “nice” such as “nuts & bolts, nuts & bolts we got screwed!” which the crowd would start and it was the cheerleaders’ jobs to change the “not nice” chant to something appropriate.

    Today, “Cheerleaders” apparently have different roles. Perhaps it’s time for new titles for these talented groups with names such as “skimpy-outfit club” or “varsity-dance movers” Don’t get me wrong, many do have talent and perform gymnastic/athletic/dance moves that are risky & dangerous. However, many are performing risky moves that are “stripper” like and give a different meaning/reputation to “cheer leading”.

    They say sex sells so perhaps it’s about $$. Have the professionals, overpaid athletes & team owners, TV beer commercials, etc. encouraged this role change? How much are professional “cheerleaders” getting paid these days? The last I knew, it was pathetic. I’ll sign off with this cheer: Come on girls & women and parents of “cheerleaders” — stop settling and raise the bar higher!

  • jufjo

    Evolution?
    Devolution more like.

    It started with nice looking fun kids and ended with cheap looking girls who look like they are pole dancers on drugs.

    I hate sports in general but if I was a lover of sports I’d stop going to stadiums and stop watching it if they had modern cheerleaders.
    I don’t want to see that sort of thing and defenitely wouldn’t bring children to that.

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