After raking in national championship titles last season, Power Cheer and Tumble is preparing to do it all over again.
The program, which was once part of the West Stokes Prowlers and practiced at Poplar Grove Elementary has found a new home at Powerhouse Training Facility in King.
“Moving to Powerhouse has given us more of a chance for growth, and we’re able to reach more kids and parents,” said owner Julie Money.
She and her daughter, Saleen Gardner began Power Cheer and Tumble in 2013.
“We have four teams: 5U Power Sparklers, 8U Power Firecrackers, 11U Power Blaze, and 14U Power Explosion. We also have two girls in 18U Power Fusion that will compete in solos, duos, and stunt-a-thon instead of team competition,” Money said.
Along with competitive cheerleading, classes and private instruction are offered.
“We’re a ministry first then a competitive cheer program. When they leave we want them to know Jesus loves them and they can be a witness no matter their age. We have prayer before every practice and devotions with older teams. We want them to know you can participate in a sport and stay true to who you are. After all of that, we want them to retain the training that we provide to safely and accurately preform either in competitions or life in general.”
Money believes cheering is a strong sport for girls and boys.
“Like any other sport, training, conditioning, and hard work is required. Cheerleading is not just cheering, it involves dancing, tumbling, and stunting. We have only two minutes and thirty seconds to catch the judge’s eye so practice makes champions for us.”
It can take hours to perfect one tumbling pass or one stunt.
“Cheerleading is just as dangerous as football or hockey; we just don’t wear pads or helmets. When we throw someone in the air we have to do everything correct or someone can be seriously or fatally injured.”
Competitive cheerleading has multiple levels that dictate the tumbling and stunts that are done during the routine to receive the highest score possible.
“Everyone comes in at the beginning of the season at different levels so we work to get everyone on that team to a level that will complement the whole team. In order to move up a level the majority of the team members must have mastered the tumbling skill. When you can move up a level your stunts can also become more detailed as well,” she said.
Advanced cheerleaders show off their higher level skills in solos, duos, and stunt-a-thons.
Power Cheer and Tumble is open to children ages 3-17 and the program has participants from Stokes, Surry, and Forsyth County.
“Every child has different likes and dislikes. Some like to stunt and some like to tumble but I have been pleasantly surprised by how they have come together as a whole. They could care less where their teammate goes to school, cheer, or dance. They just know they’re a team,” Money said.
On Nov. 7 Power Cheer and Tumble will perform at King Fest and will help raise money and perform at the March of Dimes and Relay for Life.
CCA, Christian Cheerleaders of America, competitions will be Nov. 14 at University Christian School in Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 6 Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia, Feb. 13 The Epiphany School in New Bern, NC, and CCA Nationals will be held on Feb. 25-27 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem. The program will also compete in Champion Cheer and Dance.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.