Hi, I’m Lucy Spain here to show you how to
do a cheerleading herkie. A herkie is a jump that cheerleaders perform. It’s slightly more
difficult than the most common jump, a toe touch. When you’re doing your herkie, it’s
really important to make sure you stretch out, because this jump is a higher level of
difficulty. A cheerleading herkie in air is going to look like this. You’re going to have
either your right or your left leg out just like you would in a toe touch. The opposite
leg is going to be bent at a ninety degree angle. The front part of your leg jetting
out like it would in a toe touch, and the back part of your leg bending straight in
a ninety degree angle. You want to make sure your toes remain pointed. Your arms are going
to hold a V position parallel to your legs. You can also choose to put your arms in blades.
When doing your herkie, you can either do a right herkie like I’m demonstrating right
now, or switch it up and do a left herkie. It is important to maintain both of them,
because in a routine you may need to do it to one side or another. It’s appropriate to
do these jumps within a cheer or in a choreographed routine, or just when you’re showing spirit
in general. A herkie jump is going to look like this. And that was the right herkie.