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Stunting: The Primary Specticle
Stunting is where all of the physical work and practice pays off. Previously known as Pyramiding, stunting itself has also come into its own over the years. Physical prowess and dexterity will definitely be tested, though positioning is important too. There are numerous stunts that can be used and memorized. There are also numerous variations done on those very same stunts! Easily the most physical detail, when done correctly, the showmanship and pageantry of the team really shines through.
Flexibility, tight muscles, and balance are a definite must to stunt properly. Your body proportion has to be equal between your legs and your body, making it easier to flip, etc. When flying thorough the air, there’s a never ending battle against gravity. All the practice put in is finally about to pay out. When executed well, quality stunting truly gets the crowds going!
Starting off as the human pyramid, this simple gymnastic formation grew very fast in popularity. It starts out with the base, and smaller tiers of teammates are added, each level supported by the one below it. Naturally, the lighter teammates are positioned at the top of the formation, while the strongest teammates occupy the base. There are numerous variations of how it can be done now. However the pyramid is built, it takes strength and precise execution.
There is practically an entire catalog listing the types of stunts available. There’s a range of one-legged, two-legged, and high-stunts… all of which have numerous variations, of course. Preps, extension-preps, cupies, awesomes, extensions, thigh stands, and shoulder stands/sits, are just the tip of the iceberg! Basic variations include: Liberty, one-stand, scorpion, bow and arrow, pin/spike, and arabesque. It may seem like a lot to take in at first, but with practice and a positive attitude this information will be just like second nature!
Stunting is really the primary spectacle in the performances. It is the cherry on top of a great performance. High flying flips and feats of strength and endurance easily make it the performance’s spotlight. Stunting just has a natural draw about it, and it is inexplicably fun to observe. With the right amount of dedication and practice, stunting can be even more fun to be a part of.