When I watch the annual Cheerdance Competition or even the traditional halftime cheering, I am seeing only the finished product. What I do not see are the hours and hours of constant practice where a lot of people get hurt trying to perfect routines. I can only hope that the book that I wrote, Rise, that is about the NU Pep Squad, does them justice.
Having said that, today was the first time I watched the NU Pep Squad train for an upcoming competition, the NCC. And I found myself standing up and getting worried. It took all my willpower not to rush onto the mats and try and catch someone.
It was an eye opener -- the almost two hours I was at the NU Pep Squad's practice. I had fun and well, I think I aged a bit watching all those stunts and routines. It is definitely not for the faint of heart!