Q&A with Head Cheerleading Coach Joevanne Estrada
When was the first Rams' cheerleading squad formed and how many members actively participated?
1946, Eight members (six women and two men).
What did male cheerleaders wear as part of the cheering squad during the late 40's & 50's?
Slacks, letter sweaters with "TC", dress shoes and even sometimes loafers.
What was the most noticeable change in HBCU female cheerleader attire?
Cheerleaders began to wear jackets rather than sweaters.
Where did cheers come from during this era?
Most of the "black" style cheers came from what was done in high school. Most HBCU's used these cheers as a template to get started.
What is the difference between "traditional" and "stomp & shake" style cheerleading?
Traditional cheerleading comprises of very clean and sharp motions which showcases a team's true ability, skill, & technique. The Stomp & Shake style consists of several ingredients; rhythmic words, use of beats made by stomping and clapping, mixed with a bit of dance, coupled with sharp and very precise motions.
What names have been associated to identify the Winston-Salem State University's cheerleaders over the years?
Rah-Rah's - Late 40's to late 70's; 80's to mid 2000's The WSSU Cheerleaders Cheer-Phi; Mid 2000's to current The WSSU Powerhouse of RED & WHITE!
What is the first cheer the WSSU Cheerleaders do at each and every game?
What year did the WSSU Cheerleaders officially compete in a competition?
In 2007 the WSSU Cheerleading competed for the first time placing 2nd. This was such an achievement and milestone for the program.
What are the most popular cheers done by WSSU Cheerleaders?
DO IT, SURVIVAL, SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE, POWERHOUSE, AND ROCK.
How has the WSSU Cheerleading style evolved over the years?
The WSSU Cheerleaders have mastered incorporating both the "traditional" and "stomp & shake" style in their dynamic show stopping routines. The programs stunt, tumble, and dance program has advanced like no other and continues to dominate all of the HBCU's conference programs. The WSSU cheerleader's routines are the most viewed through internet and social media sites, over 1 million on youtube. as well as imitated by recreation, middle/high schools, and other colleges throughout the nation.
*Youtube (Search WSSU Cheerleaders over 16 videos)
Whitted, Fred. (2012). Black Heritage Review. Black College Sports Encyclopedia. Fayetteville, NC.: Resources 2000.