I was a cheerleader all through jr. high and high school. Basketball and football fans admired my high split jumps, as did I. I did my best to entertain and rally the crowds at games, even though I probably understood about 25% of the action. I loved the excitement. If truth be told, I also enjoyed showing off.
After hunting for an hour on the internet, I just uncovered this photo. It gave me quite a jolt to look back at the reality of my supposed “glamour.” My husband just quipped that we look like a bunch of cheerleading Catholic nuns ! Not far from the truth. Hey, Holyoke was a small New England Irish Catholic city in the repressive 1950’s. It’s amazing the skirts weren’t down to our ankles.
ok, that’s me, back row, 4th from the left. Check out the cool two tone chevy in the background.
Our cheers were pretty mundane. Spelling out the word H-O-L-Y-O-K-E was the mainstay of our repertoire as I remember. This little video gets it right.
Fast forward to 2012. I want YOU to join us at the Lobero Theatre on March 6, 6-8PM . All welcome. Open Call for anyone who would like to be a part of a community dance created by Brian Brooks.
WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION TO MAKE THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT A SUCCESS.
YOU’LL BE THANKING ME FOR CHEERING YOU ON, after your exhilarating performances at THE LOBERO ON MARCH 30 AND 31.
If I could wear another little jumper and do a cheer for everyone to participate in Brian Brooks’ Open Call on March 6, I would do it in a second. No jumpers left in the wardrobe, fortunately. However I still can do a pretty mean, very square cheer. Here IS AN NEW ONE I CREATED JUST FOR THIS OCCATION:
Hey Santa Barbara, Do you hear my call?
Yo! Santa Barbara, We want you All.
So get your butts to the theatre on
March the sixth
and you’ll be sure to
GET YOUR FIX!!
(and here’s an old style one for Brian:)
Brian Brooks, he’s our man
If he can’t do it, no one can.
Give me a B-R-I-A-N!
BRIAN, BRIAN BRIAN!!
(IMAGINE culminating split leap.) Please note: My leap was much better than this poor girl’s. I would not have needed a boy to help me get off the ground and my ankles would have touched my hands. E.Z.
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