Is the influence of African American’s in cheer underrated ?


by Patsy Douglass

HBCUs such as Norfolk State University, Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina A&T State University and many others have embraced the “Stomp N Shake” cheer routine on their respective campuses.

In 1923, Women’s cheer was officially recognized for the first time at The University Of Minnesota. Throughout the evolution of the sport, Cheer teams added dancing, stunting, and tumbling to their routines. While all of these innovations have transformed the sport into what it is today, The “Stomp N Shake” cheer routine added a certain style to cheer that is undoubtedly unique.

In the mid 1970s, African American cheerleaders created the “Stomp N’ Shake” routine. This Non traditional style of cheer is composed of movements that include shaking, loud stomping and clapping that are more conducive to black culture. However, while Stomp N Shake cheerleading may look different its goal is to achieves the same objectives as traditional cheerleading.


Clapping and leaping are some common movements of Stomp N shake, but don’t get it confused these young women can still stunt and tumble all through your gym. Most of the requirements for HBCU schools in common areas like virginia and North Carolina are Stomp N Shake style, personality, positive energy and confidence.

Cheerleading is something that is broad and it expresses one’s personality.
Stomp N shake brings a new feel to crowds and helps them get “turnt for the culture”. Some college students actually feel that it should be showed more on their cheer teams.

Traditional cheers are more common in southern states or predominantly white institutions.


However, Some may be starting to adopt more Stomp N Shake methods. Students
even took it a step further and said that there should be a Stomp N shake version of the famous movie Bring It On.

Stomp N Shake highlights African American culture and the ability to express their own creative style within movement. Some may deem it admirable that African Americans can create their own genre of cheerleading and I agree. This style of cheer shows confidence and pride in who we are as African Americans and allows us to show our heritage through sport.

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