The Carnegie Mellon Cheerleading squad cheers at all home football games from September through November and home conference basketball games from January (after winter break) through February. There are no out-of-pocket expenses to participate in the Cheerleading Program; everything that is essential is provided by the athletics department.
The main goal of the cheerleading program is to provide spirit at games. Members of the team will use crowd involving chants and cheers with signs and will perform jumps, dance routines, stunts, pyramids and basket tosses when appropriate, if applicable. All skills regardless of experience will be re-taught starting at the most basic level to ensure proper knowledge, technique, and safety.
We do our best to accommodate busy academic schedules as well as those of other activities. That is why we have incorporated a hybrid approach with the ability to use video instruction to learn new material and to review current material in order to limit the amount of face-to-face time commitment. Cheerleaders will typically be given 1-2 weeks to master material at his/her leisure. This corresponds with ONE team skills practice a week, usually Fridays from 4:30-6:45 p.m.
Cheer for Carnegie Mellon!
The CMU Cheer squad welcomes all levels of experience to join the team! Former performers of any kind; dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters, cheerleaders, etc., or someone wanting to try something new and fun. Additionally, we welcome graduate students and semester exchange students from other CMU Campuses.
Potential cheerleaders can tryout via video on a rolling basis throughout the year. All video applicants will be sent a video containing material to be learned and performed within a time range. See the tryout tab above for more information or contact Coach Kristin Kropf
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