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Aerial
Used to describe a cartwheel without hands touching the ground or floor, sometimes used to refer to a walkover or roundoff without hands.

All Stars
A Cheerleading squad that is not associated or affiliated with a school

Arabesque
One leg is down straight and the other is behind you almost at a ninety degree angle to your back.

Arch
A position in which the back is curved.

Attack the Crowd
A technique used to get the audience involved in a cheer, dance or song

Awesome
Similar to an elevator except the bases bring their hands to the middle and the climber's feet are positioned very close together. This is also known as a Cupie.

Back Handspring
Backwards jump onto your hands, then a quick push from your hands to your feet. Also known as flip-flop or flick-flack.

Balance Stunt
Hitch, Heel Stretch, Liberty, ‘L’ etc

Banana
This is when you arch your back and reach upwards. You usually only do a banana when you are doing a combination jump or riding up a basket toss.

Base
This is the person/persons who remain in contact with the floor lifting the flyer into a stunt. Person/persons on the bottom of a stunt or pyramid.

Basket Toss
A stunt usually using 3 or more bases which toss the flyer into the air. Two of the bases have interlocked their hands. In the air the flyer my do any jump before returning to the cradle.
 
Bracer
A person who stabilises or touches a stunt by direct contact with another person. Although in direct contact, the bracer does not carry any weight. The stunt would remain stable without the bracer.

Briefs
Matching undies that are part of your Cheerleading uniform, worn under your skirt. Sometimes called bloomers, spankies, tights, or lolipops.

Buckets
Buckets are when you hold your arms straight out in front of you, with your fists facing down as if you were holding the handle of a bucket in each hand.

Candle Sticks
This is a cheer motion where you extend your arms out in front of you with your fists facing each other as if you were holding a lit candle in each hand.



 
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