Hi! I’m Lucy Spain on behalf of Expert Village. I’m going to show you some cheerleading squad cheers today. We’re going to talk about chants and I’m going to demonstrate some that you can take to your squad. Before you learn the motions for you cheers, it’s really important to learn what to do with your hands and fingers, how they’re going to be in when they’re in the motions. We never want to leave them loose floating around. Nobody likes to see floating limbs and everybody is going to be different. The most basic way to keep our arms and hands are the first and foremost fists. What we’re going to do is start with a regular hand like this. Palm forward. You’re going to want to roll your fingers down and wrap your thumb around the outside. It’s really important that we don’t put our thumb on the inside because this can lead to injury. You can be squashing your thumb. If you’re in a stunt or a cheer, it’s an easy way to end up with a broken finger. These are called sometimes cinnamon rolls, doughnuts. Most importantly, we’re just going to call these fists. It’s important that you always keep the doughnut part facing outward towards your crowd. You want to keep a really straight line with your wrist. We don’t want to see any broken wrist like this. We also don’t want to see your fingers facing forward. We don’t want to see the back of your hand facing forward. The fists are the most basic hand movement for all the motions of your cheers. If you want to get a little more advanced, we’re going to move on to blades. The reason that blades are more advanced and more advanced squads are going to use them in competition is because they’re a lot easier to mess up because they’re a lot straighter and simpler. When we have these blades, it’s also very important to keep a flat wrist. It’s a lot easier to tell if my wrist is a little bit off when I have this blade. We also only want to see the thumb at all times. We’re going to have to make sure these blades are really sharp as they’re whipping through the air. Always keep your thumbs out. Try to make sure that your wrists are not broken. Usually once we start a cheer with either blades or fists, we’re not going to mix it up in the middle. Whenever you learn a cheer or teach a cheer, make sure you know whether we’re going to have fists or whether we’re going to have the blades.