In this video lesson, Cheerleading Instructor Lucy Spain teaches how to do a cheerleading toe touch, which is one of the most popular jumps in cheerleading and requires pointed toes, a straight back and even legs.
Video Transcript: LUCY SPAIN: "Hi, I'm Lucy Spain here to show you how to do a cheerleading toe touch. A toe touch is one of the most popular jumps that you will perform in cheerleading. A toe touch is going to look like this when it's in the air. You want to have your legs spread evenly on both sides. It's very important to make sure you have your toes pointed. That's going to be one of the most important things when doing this jump. Your arms are going to be positioned parallel to your legs, out on each side. There's a couple variations of how you can hold your arms. You can hold them as fists as I'm demonstrating right now. You could also choose to do blades, which are going to look like this. And in that sense, it looks as if you're reaching towards your toes. When you do a toe touch, you want to remember your form which we just went over, is the most important thing. The height of the jump will come later as you practice it, but go ahead and make sure that your back is straight, your arms out and your legs are both even. And we don't want one leg higher than the other. This is what a toe touch looks like. When we do our toe touch, we want to make sure after we land that we stick our landing and pop out of it. One more time. And that is how you do a cheerleading toe touch."
In this course, Cheerleading Instrucutor Lucy Spain gives 11 video lessons on Cheerleading Stunts and Accessories.
Cheerleading was invented by a man in 1898, who first directed a crowd in cheering on the University of Minnesota. Since then, cheerleading has become a popular culture phenomenon and a sport. Cheerleaders began as male; but slowly females, who had few offerings for collegiate-level athletics, dominated the hobby. In the early 1970s, the Dallas Cowgirls changed professional cheerleading into simply dance, removing most of the stunts and tumbling in favor of revealing outfits and choreography. In the early 1980s, cheerleading as a competitive sport became popular, and stunts and gymnastics gained in popularity for high school teams. Now there are both amateur and pro official styles of cheering. In this free video series on cheerleading, an experienced cheerleader demonstrates a variety of cheerleading stunts and explains cheerleading accessories like hair bows and pom poms. Learn to do cheerleading toe touches and cheerleading jumps. Perform the splits and a cheerleading pyramid with the help of an expert, all in this free video series on cheerleading.