Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases four videos of Winston Salem State University cheerleader's "victory circle".
This performance style is called "stomp and shake" cheerleading.
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Winston Salem State University's [stomp and shake] cheerleaders perform a victory circle when their football team wins a competition. As its name suggests, the dance is mostly performed in a circle formation with two female cheerleaders in the middle of the circle. In the 2013 videos that are showcased in this post, one male cheerleader does a series of backflips down a section of the football field before joining the other cheerleaders forming the circle. The dance ends with the cheerleaders standing in horizontal rows.
The WSSU cheerleaders perform dance moves and stomp and shake movements to the accompaniment of the university's live band. Certain seemingly impromptu affirmative vocalizations are made during that dance. Toward the end of the victory circle dance, the cheerleaders say "Lights out!" and at the end of that victory circle dance, the cheerleaders say "Oooo, you just got your life".
EXPLANATION ABOUT THE "LIGHTS OUT" AND "YOU JUST GOT YOUR LIFE" STATEMENTS
My guess is that both "Lights out" and "You just got your life" are examples of the braggadocio elements that are found in many Black performance arts. In the context of that victory circle dance, saying "Lights out!" means more than the fact that the competition is over - That statement means that the WSSU football team (figuratively) knocked the lights out of their competitors. [Note that university football games are held outdoors during the day when no outdoor lights are needed.]
You just got your life" is a variant form of the saying "___ gives me life". "Giving life" means that it's full of energy/ it is invigorating. The cheerleaders don't need outside confirmation They KNOW they killed it (put on a superlative performance). Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread that refers to the cheerleaders "giving the fans life":
April Johnson, 2013
"Yes omg this did really just give me life, always and forever the greatest, so much energy and inspiration in that circle!!!"
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-someone-or-something-gives-me-life.html for a pancocojams post on the "gives me life" saying.
Example #1: WSSU Cheerleader Victory Circle 10-7-13
Artistry Photography Published on Oct 7, 2013
Winston Salem State University Cheerleaders celebrating a football win on 10-7-13
Example #2: 2013 WSSU Cheerleaders Homecoming Victory Circle
Artistry Photography Published on Oct 14, 2013
Example #3: 2013 WSSU School song and Victory Circle
Artistry Photography Published on Nov 4, 2013
Victory circle dance after winning the WSSU vs Shaw football game. OOOOO You Just got your life!
Example #4: 2013 WSSU Final Victory Circle!
Artistry Photography Published on Dec 21, 2013
Thank you 2013 WSSU Cheerleaders, job well done
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