Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When Did Stomp & Shake Cheerleading Begin?

Edited by Azizi Powell

I have previously written about the subject of when Stomp & Shake cheerleading began - on my now retired website, as a guest blogger on and on multiple pancocojams blog posts. I indicated on those sites that I believed that Stomp & Shake cheerleading began in North Carolina and Virginia in the late 1970s. I reached those conclusions from reading certain comments posted to particular YouTube Stomp & Shake videos, from conversing by email with a few former Stomp & Shake cheerleaders, and from reading at least one article online that,if I recall correctly, was published by a Winston Salem State University Cheer Phi cheerleader. Unfortunately, I've misplaced all of that documentation. But since writing those articles*, the "late 1970's date has become questionable, since I've found an article that in which a woman recalls African American squads doing stomp & shake (or stomp & shake like) cheerleading in 1967.

This post presents several anecdotal comments about the beginning of Stomp & Shake cheerleading. Hopefully, additional comments about this subject will be added in this post's comment section. The history of this performance style won't be documented unless we do it now.

*The link to the article that I wrote for the sociological blog is included in this post. Many of the comments about Stomp & Shake cheerleading and examples of those cheers that I featued on pages have been included in multiple pancocojams posts on this subject. Those posts can be identified by clicking the stomp & shake tag that is found below.

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Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

From "Race and the Changing Shape of Cheerleading by Guest Blogger Azizi Powell, Jul 21, 2011, at 10:00 am

Bananadrama, 2011
..."I went to high school in the 80s and the cheerleaders were already doing this, but it was a little more clap-and-leap. There was also a pom team, which did more of the dance moves to music and didn't lead vocal cheers. But pop music has changed and there's more rap that's popular, and dance moves from rap videos, instead of Def Leppard. :D

Sule > Bananadrama, 2011
"Hey, there. This kind of cheering was coming in when I went to Rabaut Junior High School in DC--graduated in 1972. We also had a girl's drill team. Does this come from then, or Wilson High: "We bad; we know it! We kick your ass and show it!"? "

From "A Not-So-Brief and Extremely Sordid History of Cheerleading" —By Julia Lurie
Mon Dec. 15, 2014 6:15 AM EST
..."1967: Seventeen football players at Madison High School in Illinois are barred from the team for boycotting a practice after only one black cheerleader is picked for the varsity squad. Following the dismissal of the football players, nearly all of the school district's 1,300 black students boycott classes for a week. As schools continue to integrate, one factor adding to tension is the difference in cheerleading styles between black and white schools: As Lou Lillard, a black cheerleader named All-American in 1972, explained, "The type of cheering at black high schools is...more of a stomp-clap, soul-swing…At [white] schools, the traditional cheers are straight-arm motions."

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