Why do Cheerleaders counts 5,6,7,8 and not 1,2,3


Why do Cheerleaders counts 5,6,7,8 and not 1,2,3

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Because after 5678 you go back to 1234. It’s the next step in the progression, it T’s you up if you know why i mean?. It has to do with music theory, and is used often not just in dance but with bands, and a lot of other mediums. Yeah!

The full count goes from 1 to 8. Since you want to start your performance on 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 you get ready by saying 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 so everyone is coordinated on the next iteration which restarts at 1.

This is mainly because most things begin on “1” so starting with “5” gives a few seconds for everyone to get on the same page before they start. Source: was a college cheerleader

This goes back to dance. Most songs are in 8 beat groupings. So you time your moves to go with the beat. So the first Beat of the song is beat 1. You could 5, 6 ,7 ,8 because you don’t need a full 8 counts of lead in to get ready to dance so you only count the second group of beats so you start dancing at 1.

Most of their movements is in counts of 8. So while chairing they are internally counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 3, … When they count in they are starting this count out loud so that everyone know where in the rhythm they are. But it takes a long time to count from 1 to 8, and it is not needed to get the rhythm. They therefore start the count at 5 to shorten the count inn.