All the right Moves
Future cheerleaders shine tonight at Kaiserslautern basketball games

Christine June, Story and photos
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***More than 80 future cheerleaders will perform between basketball games
today at the Kaiserslautern American High School Gymnasium.

These cheerleaders are graduates of the KAHS Mini Cheer Camp held Nov. 19 at the school’s gym.

They will show off what they learned at the six-hour camp between the
boys’ junior varsity and the girls’ varsity basketball games against
the International School of Brussels. Their performance will be after
the JV game, at about 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.

During the camp, students, ages 5 to 13, learned cheerleading fundamentals such as cheers, chants, dance and team spirit.

“This camp motivates young athletes into a sport,” said Jane Varalli,
KAHS varsity cheer coach. “It’s also an excellent fundraiser.”

***image2***Ms. Varalli dreamed up this fundraising idea in the fall of 1994
because her cheerleaders needed new uniforms. This year, the camp
raised almost $1,100, which will buy uniforms for the JV cheerleaders.

This is the first year that the Kaiserslautern JV cheerleading squad
will be getting a new uniform set, instead of inheriting both sets from
varsity, said Ms. Varalli.

Beside the present payback of new uniforms, the KAHS cheerleaders, who are the instructors, also gained future benefits.

“It’s an excellent leadership opportunity for the cheerleaders,” said
Debra Hipes, KAHS JV cheer coach. “And, they begin to realize what
powerful mentors they are.”

At the camp, the future cheerleaders were separated by age into five base groups where they learned a basic routine.
Adding to the routines, students rotated through five stations: jumps
and movements, cheer and chant, dance, stunts and gymnastics.

***image3***Once the rotation was complete, students went back to their base group
to review the routine and add the “bells and whistles” that they
learned during the five stations.

To show what they learned, students performed their routine for their parents at the end of the camp.
This is also the routine that they will perform at tonight’s basketball games.