PRINCETON — A local cheerleading team is set to compete for an international title.
Dynasty Athletics and All-Star Cheerleading will travel to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in March of this year to compete in the International Cheerleading Com-petition. Competing against the Princeton cheerleading girls will be cheerleaders from Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico and more.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to be invited. We’ve never been invited before,” Dynasty gym owner, Megan Belcher said. According to Belcher, the gym has been in operation for 16 years.
The team that will be competing for head to head at the international competition consists of eight girls, whose ages range from 12 to 18. These girls are students of Princeton High School, Princeton Middle School, Mercer Christian Academy, Graham High School, Tazewell High School and home school programs.
Prior to their long preparation for internationals, the team competed in April of 2019, because of their exceptional performance at this competition they were invited to compete in the international competition.
According to Belcher, the team wasn’t aware at the time of the April 2019 competition that they had been invited to the internationals, once they were aware they were ecstatic.
The team won an “in bid” which is an invitation to compete in internationals. The Dynasty cheer team is one of only 30 teams that received a bid.
At the competition, the girls will perform a two and a half minute routine which will include intricate moves such as round off back handsprings, stunts called 180s, lifts and more.
While the team is humbled and excited for this opportunity they are also very aware that they need to raise the necessary funds for their trip. According to Belcher, the expenses to travel to the competition are great.
To offset their expenses the gym has been hosting fundraisers. One of the fundraisers includes a cheerleading clinic set for January 31 at Dynasty Gym. Spaces for the clinic have been sold out according to Belcher which greatly helps the team’s expenses.
“This is huge. They’ve fundraised like crazy and made it work,” Belcher said.
Some of the fundraisers that the girls and their parents have done include selling advertisements to be placed on the back of their t-shirts, selling and delivering lunches, holiday candies and hosting cheerleading clinics. At these clinics, the cheerleaders and their instructors aid younger cheerleaders in cheer in the proper ways to cheer.
At the Dynasty gym girls from ages, 4 to 18 are invited to enter the ranks. Here the girls will learn valuable skills such as stunts, routines and what it takes to be a cheerleader.
For more information on how you can help Dynasty cheerleaders make it to Orlando for the International Cheerleading Competition find them on Facebook.
Contact Emily D. Coppola at firstname.lastname@example.org