Premier Athletics News
All across the country, and across all of our Premier Athletics gyms, athletes and coaches have been feversihly preparing for the largest and most prestigious cheerlleading and dance competition in the world. Cheersport Nationals will be held this weekend in Atlanta, GA in the World Congress Center - one of the few arenas in the country large enough to house it.
This will be Cheersport's 20th year holding the compettion and it's growth over the last two decades is unprecedented. They started out back in 1993 with only 9 teams competing and now have nearly 1000 teams that converge on Atlanta for the coveted title of Cheersport National Champion. Ask any All Star cheerleader or dancer what is on his/her "bucket list", and donning one of those Cheersport jackets is surely at the top.
Preparing for a competition like this is a challenge for the athletes, the coaches, and the parents. As one mom put it, "I don't know what's worse, the week before Cheersport or the cheer weekend "hangover" that comes after." Anyone who has ever been to this competition knows what she means! You walk miles and miles through the event center, are in the midst of huge crowds, and overwhelmed by tons of stages blaring cheer music with lights flashing and fans screaming. But anyone who has been will also tell you it is an experience that they love and wouldn't miss for the anything!
From a coaches and athletes' perspective, Cheersport provides you with top level competition so that you can really tell where you measure up as a team. "The practices before Cheersport are always the most intense", says Sharks coach Levon Burton, "everyone knows you have to be perfect and practice your hardest because there will surely be another team in your division that has practiced even more."
Cheersport not only offer a superb environment for cheerleaders, but for All Star Dancers as well. With All Star Dance growing and gaining more and more participants each year, Cheersport has always offered a lot of competition for the different types of All Star Dance.
The jackets and the bragging rights are most definitley a big draw to compete at Cheersport, but the fact that they offer more World's Bids than any other event producer in the country is a huge plus as well. The Cheerleading Worlds and Dance Worlds are hosted by the International All Star Federation in Orlando, FL each April. IASF member companies offer the best teams from their respective National Championships at-large and/or paid bids to attend the Worlds.
Cheer teams competing in select Level 5 and 6 cheer divisions are eligible for bids to the Cheerleading Worlds while dance teams competing in Senior and Open dance divisions are eligible for bids to the Dance Worlds.
Worlds is truly a global event and includes competitive teams from countries around the world.. Cheersport offers an incredible 41 bids to Worlds.
Premier Athletics would like to wish tons of good luck to PREMIER CLAYTON SHOCKERS, PREMIER KNOXVILLE SHARKS, PREMIER ACE OF NASHVILLE AND MURFREESBORO, AND PREMIER NORTHERN KENTUCKY!