Cheerleading has been one of the fastest growing sports event in the country. From the simple yells and creative dance formations to the exquisite human pyramids and breathtaking gymnastics skills, cheerleading is now one of the trendiest happenings to almost everyone- everywhere.
Last April 24- 27, 2013 The Animo Squad of De La Salle University initiated the first One La Salle Cheer Camp at the Enrique Razon Sports Center, La Salle Greenhills. This event aims to bind the 17 Philippine Lasalle schools through preserving the Lasallian tradition of cheerleading while at the same time teach budding cheerleaders of basic and elite gymnastics, dance, and lifting skills.
Participating schools are as follow:
DLSU, DLS -CSB, DLS Zobel, DLS Araneta University, DLS Canlubang, DLS Lipa, De La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College-Cebu, University of Saint La Salle- Bacolod, La Salle University- Ozamiz
EAT SLEEP and CHEER
Lasalle schools in particular have been known for powerful sharp movements, flawless dance forms, and an impeccable execution of what cheerleaders called “Trads” or traditional floor movements.
What separates Lasalle cheerleading from others is its seamless fusion of colorful tradition that dated back 1928 when the first pep squad were still called Yell Commanders and the incessant quest for perfection as the squad also improves in cheerleading skills throughout time. It is amazing to note how modern day cheerleaders were educated of the glorious history of famous Lasalle cheers, stance, form and basic hand movements; through this, the animo or school spirit glows and shows among Lasallian squads.
Looking back and looking forward
The Four-day camp basically is a refresher course or to some an educational trip to history lane. Participants were given a quick glimpse of Lasalle cheerleading history, a view of the anatomy of the cheers, basic drumbeats, traditional movements, basic stunting and spotting techniques, and elite lifting skills as well.
It might sound an overload of information, but the DLSU animo squad and the College of Saint Benilde Pep Squad have been cordial enough to welcome partakers and teach them the best that they can. Towards the last day, a practical application of everything learned was put to use as everyone was brought to a real game (DLSU vs San Sebastian-R) and was given an opportunity to hear drums roar and to cheer out loud for Lasalle; furthermore, after dinner time, fellowship nights packed with games and activities made cheerleaders extra hyperactive (imagine the noise there was)
One Lasalle Cheer Camp aims to promote “oneness” in movements and execution. It is goaled to create a strong network of lasallians helping other lasallians to progress all in the same harmonized pace. Moreover, it is to create a bond that humans as we cheer, aspire or hope is better when it is together.