Picks and Pans Review: Fundamentals of Cheerleading

updated 10/31/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

If you think cheerleading is nothing more than flashing grins and tossing pom-poms, get off the field. Under the tutelage of Terri Ledterman-Stump, coach of Tulsa's Union High School 1987 National Cheerleading champions, this is serious business. Terri and members of her winning squad demonstrate the fine points of high kicks, toe pops and more in this ably produced 67-minute video. A segment on "Proper Stretching and Conditioning" is designed to strengthen leg muscles and endurance. Subsequent chapters feature motion techniques, chants and cheers. Terri teaches how to jump, lunge, clap and shout, then puts viewers through a rigorous practice. Mock tryouts are staged to illustrate Terri's dos and don'ts: Don't yell, don't whine, don't giggle, even though you are wobbly with fear. Tryouts are not the time to show off those brand-new baggy shorts and bangle earrings. Nonwhite shoes and socks are another no-no. And for heaven's sake, "Do not slam on the makeup," as Terri puts it, and if you are short, don't turn up at a tryout in horizontal stripes. Oh, and one more thing, never, ever try a back handspring at a tryout if you haven't mastered it in practice. (Miracle Video, $29.95; 918-252-9346)

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