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Monday, January 23, 2012

Stomp & Shake Cheerleading - Who Cheers The Best?

Edited by Azizi Powell

[Updated February 5, 2014]

This post DOES NOT attempt to determine which cheerleading squad actually cheers the best.

Instead, this post showcases six video & text examples of stomp & shake cheers in which the focus of the cheer is on the squad itself, its opponent's cheerleading squad, and/or other cheerleading squads rather than the sports team or the actual game. But before doing that, here's some information about stomp & shake cheerleading:

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF STOMP & SHAKE CHEERLEADING
by Azizi Powell, 1/22/2012

Cheerleading started in the United States in the late 19th century as a male activity whose goal was to organize crowds cheering at football games. In 1923, women joined cheerleading squads and have increasingly dominated this sport. Cheerleading traditionally features chanting, gymnastics and tumbling. The dominant image of cheerleading is a perky, always smiling female cheerleader who fits a particular body shape.

In the late 1970s, a new style of cheerleading emerged in North Carolina and Virginia. This African American originated style of cheerleading is called “stomp & shake". Stomp & shake cheerleaders have some of the same goals as "mainstream" cheerleaders" - to motivate their sports team, to raise the enthusiasm of that team's fans about the action occurring in the game itself, and to motivate fans' enthusiasm for the university, school, or community that sport team represents.

Some stomp & shake cheers focus on the athletic team and the action that is occurring in the game. But, in marked contrast to mainstream cheerleading cheers, a large number of stomp & shake cheers focus on the cheerleading squad itself and not the sports team or the action in the sports game being played. In those types of cheers, the stomp & cheer squads draws attention to themselves by brags about how well they move (dance, shake), and also brag about how others attempt to imitate them (by copying their moves or cheers), but those other squads can never succeed in duplicating them.

Also in marked contrast to mainstream cheers, but very similar in spirit to a specific type of Black Greek lettered sorority and fraternity step chants, a number of stomp & shake cheers are composed with the sole purpose of insulting (dissin) their competitor's cheerleading squad. The term "battle cheers" is used to refer to these insult (put down) confrontational cheers. When done well, those cheers succeed in raising the enthusiasm of the fans attending the game, but contrary the original purpose of cheerleaders, the fans' enthusiasm is for the cheerleading squad itself, and not for the members or actions of the sport team that they represent.

Click http://cocojams.com/content/stomp-and-shake-cheerleader-cheers for more information & examples of stomp & shake cheerleading cheers.

Also, read this related pancocojams post: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/10/weighty-subject-being-thick-in-african.html A Weighty Subject - Being Thick In African American Culture

VIDEO EXAMPLES
(Numbers are assigned to these videos for the sake of referencing them. No ranking perferences is implied by those numbers.

Video #1: VSU Woo Woo's 2008 "Who Shakes The Best"



BlaWaiian2008, Published on Mar 17, 2013

VSU Cheerleaders (Virginia State University)
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Virginia State University's cheerleading squad is the originator of the "Who Shakes The Best" cheer.

Cheer lyrics:
Shake it to the east.
Shake it to the west.
It really doesn't matter who shakes the best.
Shake it to the east.
Shake it to the west.
It really doesn't matter who shakes the best.
Shake it to the east.
Shake it to the west.
Cause everybody knows that we shake the best.

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Prince Edward High School, Virginia - "We Shake The Best"



Uploaded by woowooworkit on Feb 17, 2007
-snip-
-Prince Edward High School, Virginia (Sassy cheerleaders, 2007 (This is a Virginia State University cheer that this squad learned by attending the cheer camp conducted by the VSU Woo Woo cheerleaders).

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Video #3 - Olympic High (Charlotte, North Carolina) -"We Are The Trojans"



Olympic high cheerleaders (Charlotte, North Carolina); 9-2010

Uploaded by batay1978 on Feb 17, 2010

Lyrics:
We are the trojans and we are h-o-t- hot
we keep it goin and we just dont stop.
We are so fresh, So Smooth,
You can't catch these moves.
Cause were just to hot.
Cause were bad,
and watch us as we "ROCK"!
(rock, rock, rock, rock) "ROCK"!
Trojans Stay Hot. So Hot!"
- transcription by Charlottefashionicon; July 2011

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Video #4: Winston-Salem State University Cheer Phi Cheerleaders - "Fight The Power" (2nd cheer in the video)



Uploaded by ORIGINALCHEERPHI on Feb 22, 2008
Winston-Salem State University WSSU Cheer Phi Cheerleaders (North Carolina), 2007

Lyrics:
FIGHT THE POWER (2nd cheer in the video)
Yiiip!*
Fight fight the power,
Hey go head go head.
Hey fight fight he power.
Go head go head.
Hey fight the power.
We are the Rams
And we stay on your case.
If you have something to say
Say it to our face. Haw!
Hey fight the power
Hey fight the power,
Say what**
Say what**
We are the Rams
And we get on your case.
If you have something to say
Say it in our face.
Say it in our face.
Say it
in
our
face.
HAWHHHHH!
-Winston-Salem State University WSSU Cheer Phi Cheerleaders, 2007; as posted by SAC010 along with transcription by Azizi Powell; February 2011

The third cheer on that video "You Get No Respect In Here" is also an example of an insult cheer. Visit Cocojams' Stomp & Shake Cheer page whose link is given above for more information about the cheers performed in that videage and for lyrics to some of those cheers.

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Video #5: Howard University Cheerleaders, Washington D.C. - "Sit Back Down"



uploaded by CoachSpence October 19, 2009

Howard University Battle Cheer

Lyrics:
(One cheerleader)
Come to us
You betta
sit
back
down.

(Entire squad)
Some of ya'll think
that HU aint got no style
But when it comes to us,
you better sit back down.
So sit back, and relax,
cause we came to show you that [rival's name]
ain't got nothin on HU.
You shake like this, *
You move like this.*
But in the end
your squad aint SHHHHH"
-Howard University[Washington D.C.] Battle Cheer, October19, 2009

**Facing that rival squad, the Howard University cheerleaders mimic in an insulting manner the way that cheerleader squad perform stomp & shake cheers.

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Video #6: Virgina State University Woo Woos - "Work It"



Uploaded by GoTrojans on Sep 11, 2008

VSU vs. NSU Labor Day Classic August 30, 2008

Lyrics: *
V-S-U let's work it
ayeee yee yee
work it
ayyeee yee yee
trojans [you] know how we do
get out ya seats and work big blue
ahhhhh work it
ayeeee yee yee
(repeat)
- transcription by Azizi Powell

When the cheerleaders complete this cheer, an excited member of the crowd can be heard spontaneously shouting "Woo Woo!"

One theory is that the name "Woo Woo" is said to have been given to Virginia State University's cheerleading squad because that's the sound that men made when they saw the attractive cheerleaders. Generally speaking, in the United States, along with "wolf whistles", males still make the "woo woo" sound when they see an attractive young female approaching them.

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