How To Do An Elevator Stunt In Cheerleading
Wanna show your team spirit and WOW the crowd? Try doing stunts! In multiple-base stunting, a beginning stunt is the elevator with a walk off dismount.
Step 1: One Foot Load
In the one foot load both bases face each other and are spaced shoulder width apart, their hips in line with their shoulders and their backs straight. The main base grips the flyer's foot in a standard prep grip. The assisting base waits to catch the flyer's foot. The spotter is behind the flyer with her legs shoulder width apart, holding onto the flyer's waist. The flyer places her hands on the bases shoulders and holds the majority of their weight in her arms. The flyer keeps one foot on the ground and places the other in the main bases hands.
Step 2: Sinking Down
To succeed in this stunt timing is extremely important. Stunts are done on counts. The flyer rises on the balls of their feet and sinks down ready to jump into the bases hands on the next count. The bases stay in position waiting for the flyer's feet to land in their hands. The spotter maintains a grasp on the flyer's waist, following the movement of the flyer.
Step 3: Going Up
The flyer places both feet into the bases hands while keeping her butt above their knees as the bases sink down. The flyer then pushes off using her arms and then extending and locking her legs into an elevator. The flyer must stay tight the entire time with their whole body. The bases catch the flyer's feet, sinking down and using their legs as a power source. The bases simultaneously extend their arms, which pushes the flyer upward. The bases lock their knees and elbows at shoulder height at the same time, while positioning the flyer into an elevator. The spotter continues to follow the flyer's path, helping to toss the flyer upward. Once in the air, the spotter reaches for the flyer's ankles to help stabilize the stunt.
Step 4: Hitting The Stunt
Once in the air and stabilized the flyer hits a motion and stays very tight. The bases hold the flyer's feet against their chests, while keeping their legs locked and backs straight. The spotter continues to hold onto the flyer's ankles.
Step 5: The Dismount
In the walk-off dismount the flyer bends at the waist, pushing her hips backwards while reaching for the bases hands. The flyer then steps off the bases hands one at a time, keeping her legs straight until they land. The bases shift the flyer's weight to their back hand while their front hands reach up to grab the flyer's hand. They will be grabbing the flyer in a reverse handshake grip. When the flyer steps down, the bases reach upward with their back hand and grab the flyer's underarm. This helps slow down the flyer and gets them down safely. The spotter reaches for the flyer's waist and follows them down to help the flyer land safely.