Cheerleading – the dynamic fusion of dance, gymnastics, and teamwork – has taken the world by storm, and it’s time for you to join the excitement! Picture this: vibrant pom-poms, breathtaking stunts, and infectious energy that electrifies the crowd. That’s the essence of cheerleading, a sport that’s more than just cheers and chants – it’s an exhilarating adventure waiting to be explored, and it has arrived in Dubai!

How Did Cheerleading Become a Sport?

For as long as civilization has formed groups, the idea of yelling encouragement has been around. Think about the crowds cheering for (or against) the gladiators at the coliseum in Rome. But what we think of today as “cheerleading” has only been in place for just over a hundred years. Cheerleading originated with organized cheers at Ivy League college sporting events in the 1860s, with the first official cheerleader in 1898. Initially male-dominated, it shifted to female participation post-World War II, with women filling the role of cheerleaders as men went off to war. The late 1940s saw the establishment of the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), fostering the growth of cheerleading camps and competitions.

Safety guidelines were developed in the 1990s as cheerleading became more athletic. All-Star cheerleading emerged in the late 1980s, providing competitive opportunities beyond traditional school cheerleading. The International Cheer Union (ICU) was formed in 2004, with USA Cheer established in 2007 as the USA’s governing body for cheerleading. Recent years have seen cheerleading gain international recognition, with potential inclusion in the Olympics. It is one of the fastest-growing female sports in the world, and now it has also come to Dubai!

What Types of Disciplines Does it Offer?

range of disciplines. Initially centered around organized cheers and chants, cheerleading gradually incorporated stunts in the mid-20th century, followed by the emergence of tumbling in the 1950s and 1960s. Dance became a prominent aspect in routines during the 1970s and 1980s, while the late 1980s saw the rise of All-Star cheerleading, emphasizing competitive routines and pushing the boundaries of stunts, tumbling, and dance. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, cheerleading experienced a surge in athleticism, with the introduction of advanced stunts and a heightened focus on safety. In the 2010s and beyond, cheerleading has continued to evolve, incorporating elements from various disciplines such as gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, and more, resulting in a dynamic and multifaceted sport that showcases athletes’ skill and athleticism in competitive performances. 

Cheerleading, therefore, isn’t one-size-fits-all – it’s a diverse world with something for everyone. Whether you’re drawn to the graceful elegance of Performance Cheer, the high-energy excitement of All-Star Cheer, or the spirited camaraderie of Collegiate Cheer, there’s a discipline that’s perfect for you. With each discipline offering its own unique challenges and rewards, the possibilities are endless. Here is a quick overview: 


Skills Required


Performance Cheer

Pirouettes, splits, high kicks, cheer jumps, aerials

– Develops flexibility and coordination

– Fosters teamwork and discipline

– Promotes physical fitness

All-Star Cheer

Stunts, tumbling, jumps, dance

– Builds strength and agility

– Enhances teamwork and trust

– Provides opportunities for competition and recognition

Collegiate Cheer

Stunts, tumbling, jumps, dance

– Builds school spirit and camaraderie

– Enhances physical fitness

– Provides performance opportunities at college events

High School Cheer

Stunts, tumbling, jumps, dance

– Builds school spirit and community involvement

– Enhances teamwork and leadership skills

– Provides opportunities for competition and performance

Recreational Cheer

Basic cheerleading skills and routines

– Provides an introduction to cheerleading

– Focuses on skill-building in a non-competitive environment

– Promotes fun and socialization


What are the Benefits of Practicing in Cheerleading as a Sport?

Cheerleading stands out for its unique blend of physical athleticism and synchronized teamwork, reminiscent of the graceful coordination seen in water dance performances. While incorporating elements from gymnastics, dance, and acrobatics, cheerleading distinguishes itself by requiring athletes to move in unison, relying on one another for support and timing. This interdependence fosters a sense of unity and camaraderie among team members, akin to synchronized swimmers or dancers, where each individual’s movements contribute to the overall performance. Beyond its physical demands, cheerleading cultivates valuable skills such as teamwork, leadership, and discipline, making it a rewarding and fulfilling sporting activity that celebrates both individual talents and collective effort.

Join the Cheerleading Revolution

Are you ready to experience the thrill of cheerleading firsthand? Then get ready because Fly High Fitness has just launched an exciting new cheerleading class!

Watch this space for more information coming soon!