Let’s talk FREESTYLE…it’s one of the biggest things that goes overlooked during the preparation time for pro cheerleading tryouts!
The word “freestyle” is misleading. It sounds like you have to make it up on the spot. WRONG! Freestyle is actually a semi choreographed routine showcasing movement and personal style that should be perfected prior to tryouts. (that’s the key – PRIOR to tryouts!) The routine should consist of movements that make you look dynamic and keep you feeling confident and comfortable when performing it!
The only thing “free” about freestyle is the song choice. You probably won’t have control over what song you will freestyle to, so work that into your preparation by practicing your moves to a variety of songs. Plan out your moves to counts, (usually 4 or 6 8-counts of dance is enough for freestyle.)
Put the “good stuff” in the beginning. You know your strengths, so start off with them – there’s a very good chance the judges won’t see your entire freestyle routine, so make the first 8-counts count! Also, Do you homework and know if the team you’re auditioning for looks for turns, tricks, leaps or kicks to be incorporated into the freestyle or not. It’s time to show ’em what you’re working with!
If you need any help with your freestyle, get my Routine Breakdown video series to learn some moves! Routine Breakdown videos are exclusively for Cheer Huddle e-newsletter members – get all the latest routines delivered to your inbox each week!
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