Not being able to meet in person wasn’t going to stop the intrepid dancers of Gemstone Cheer and Dance from getting into their competition kits and doing what they do best: winning trophies!
The cheerleaders entered the online Cheer City Virtual Competition, filming themselves performing routines which were then uploaded in advance. The competition was live streamed with all entries showcased and when it came to the winners – Gemstone were celebrating!
The troupe, who usually meet in Leigh, but have lots of members from Lowton and Golborne – were awarded six first place awards, a second place and a third place. And their Mini Pom Dance Team Gemstone Rubies were delighted to be named Grand Champions, for getting the highest scoring routine out of the whole competitions dance category!
Head Coach Lydia said: “It has been a crazy year for everyone with the lockdowns and closing/reopening so much.
“However all our competition pom and lyrical dancers continued training every single week even from home via zoom calls when we couldn’t open our Leigh based Gym/dance studio.
“So all the coaches at Gemstone agreed it was only fair they got to show everyone how hard they have worked before we started a new competition season for 21-22.
“We are so proud of each and every dancer that took part. Competitions are hard enough but to pull together routines and walk away with such fantastic results when we have had such a crazy year of training is outstanding!”
What’s next for Gemstone Cheer?
The troupe are now busy arranging for 15 competition teams for our 2021-2022 season across Cheerleading, Pom Dance, Lyrical & Hip Hop. These will include dancers from ages 5 to 25. In fact, Gemstone Cheer now has more than 100 registered members all ready and raring to go! These teams will begin training next month and hope to be able to compete in their first ‘in person’ live competition in more than 21 months this December.
It’s great to see the group still getting ‘together’ and doing something they love – and fantastic too that Gemstone Cheer remain in winning form after all this time! Well done everyone!