Cheerleading evolved from its 1890s' origins as an activity aiming to rally crowd support for a sporting performance to becoming one itself.
Cheerleading continues as the performance of a wide range of athletic skills, dances and chants to elicit a response from spectators at a sports event. However, today this is frequently done to evoke applause for the cheerleaders themeselves who take part in sporting competitions that pitch squads against each other.
Cheerleading is generally performed to music and dance moves are very prominent in the routines. Even if certain disciplines or parts of a routine may put much emphasis on daring acrobatic skills, dance is a core element and part of the overall challenge.
The sport is governed by the International Federation of Cheerleading (IFC), a non-profit-organisation based in Tokyo, JPN. It was established in 1998 and organised its first World Championship in 2001. 47 national associations/federations make it up.
Cheerleading premiered as a bona fide DanceSport discipline in the inaugural edition of the WDSF World DanceSport Games held in Kaohsiung, TPE, in September of 2013.
International Federation of Cheerleading