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The “Real” JETS: Fukui Commercial High School Cheerleader club, their practice and interviews

The “Real” JETS: Fukui Commercial High School Cheerleader club, their practice and interviews


Experienced senior students have graduated and I have started to build a team from the beginning. Although they are not good at dancing now, they transform into like butterflies when they have practiced for more than two years. This is terrible. It’s a big problem. If people have dreams and make efforts, the people will grow. Our team embodies this thought. Are they joining to the club with the yearning to cheerleader? It’s difficult for members who join only because of their yearning feelings. Do they start from the beginning without dance experience? Many of them are like that. They practice for two and a half hours here and make up for with voluntary one. Because they can’t catch up with ability difference by practice all together. I guess that they practice at home too. They can’t catch up unless they do at home. High-ranked school students study very hard at home, so they can do like that too. The practice is dull. Students who can’t bear the dull practice can’t continue the club. If someone has a dormant talent, I will discover it and then she sometimes argues with other members. I think that trouble is a good thing. Because they will grow from trouble. So I always tell them “Welcome pinch! We should rather have hard times.” Is only getting along with other members no good? No, a friendly club isn’t good. I would say that it should be done somewhere else. They should think that they are taught to dance each other to be a good team, even they are classmates. If such large numbers of members do one thing, we can’t build a team as long as there are bad-mannered and selfish ones. I had difficulty about that first. So I said to quit the club to whom don’t follow rules. I don’t fall all over members who can dance well. If I have to choose one between the two members, I have a policy to do a student with better grade even though she is not that good at dancing. Because it’s school activities. So I don’t think that I place the winning above anything else. About balance between club and study, I have to be cruel and need to be strict completely. Otherwise, things that have come down for generations and have been valued will fail. All the members have balanced studying and practice at the same time. It is just like JETS to make practice themselves like this. I teach them to practice each other among themselves. They need to move without being told, otherwise they will be in trouble when they go out to society. I want to foster their independence. I want them to learn to think and act for themselves. First of all, it’s more fun to do things that they thought for themselves than only doing what they were told. Are they also enjoying practicing? I guess that practice is hard though. Yes, but if they become to want to do this or that themselves, they will be able to go into spiral of development. Now they still don’t know yet what they should do. When we went there for the first time, they were in a very cheerful mood and tough mentally. But it has become weaker for the past few years. I sometimes make the weak members cry or get angry with them. And we can pull together at the very end. It’s like this every year. It’s like this every year. They don’t have well-proportioned bodies and sharp faces unlike the American girls. But they are better at unity than the American teams. I haven’t ever danced myself. I only watched a cheer dance on TV. Oh, really? I watched a cheer dance on TV and wanted girls in Fukui also to do that dance. Is that so? You just watched it on only TV? Then it was realized. It was like a comic though. The students who are good at dancing became a professional dancer, an instructor, a choreographer and a dancer at Universal Studios. A member wants to become a dancer of Tokyo Disneyland. A member wanted to join Takarazuka Revue Company but unfortunately she failed. Also, there are members who became a flight attendant, a police officer and a firefighter. One of the third year students wants to be a self-defence official, and a student attends a university to be a teacher. Even though they don’t have dreams, they build their self-confidence at this club and they will challenge something next. It made me the happiest. They can’t be more than three years here. Although it’s not about dance, I want to be a top hairdresser. It looks a glamorous business but it starts from basic works like shampoo and I long for it in this sense. I would like to be a hotel woman. Because I usually stay in nice hotels when JETS go to competitions and liked them very much. Your smile is perfect! I would like to join “Shiki Theatrical Company” (famous Japanese musical troupe) and want to play the lead. I think there is a member from Fukui. Yes, it is our senior, Momoko Shibata. Is she your senior? Yes. She sometimes comes and sees JETS. She does? That’s encouraging. I always think that people’s diligence of Fukui Prefecture leads to win against American teams. It maybe Japanese personality such as unity, practice for details. Also, they are cooperative because they are from Fukui Prefecture, whose people have that kind of character especially among Japanese. Do you think that teamwork is most important? Yes. Teamwork and to band together are very difficult.

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