Three cheers to life

The young girls entertain the crowd. dh photo by manjunath m s

We saw cows roam on the streets,” said Rachel. “We never knew that we could shop while waiting at traffic junctions.You have these little boys and girls who come by selling little knick-knacks,” said Kristen and soon Katrina pitched in saying, “there’s so much fresh-food cooked off the streets and they are delicious too.” The cheerleaders were talking about their Indian experience.

Champions League T20 is here. Bangalore is in for some high-octane action not only on the ground, but on the fringes as well. For cheering every moment of pulsating cricket will be the Kingfisher cheerleaders. Since the mood is all about flirtatious mischief, the cheergirls are sure to set a million hearts afire during the tournament. The cheerleaders, most of them from Boston, however, are savouring every moment in the City.
In the run up to the big opening, Metrolife caught up with these cheergirls, who were found wandering all across Bangalore. Shopping small little trophies on M G Road, they couldn’t stop expressing their awe for the City. 

The ‘big growing city’ they had heard of back home is certainly living up to their imagination. “There’s an order to the chaos here in the City. Even the slow-moving traffic seems to have a rhythm to it,” observed Katrina.

   Most cheergirls are in their early twenties and they say they began dancing right from high school. Cheering and dancing is a big part of the high school culture and this matures right through college. "The girls always cheer and the boys play football or baseball; that’s the order around in schools back home (in Boston). We begin with dance and slowly move on to acrobatics,” Cheryl Obryan, who teaches dance and runs her own dance company, said.

Their energy is just inexhaustible. The crisp, precise and well-timed movements just build the tempo as they go soaring, in perfect symphony. So what do they do to keep in shape and where does all that verve come from? “Have you heard of hot yoga? We picked it up from India. That keeps us fit and plenty of exercise, fruits and loads of water keep us going,” said Kristen.

“Hot yoga might come across as a bit weird: it’s practising yoga in a room where the room temperature is turned up to the maximum. It makes you sweat and opens up the skin pores giving you a fresh feel,” said Rachel.

They say cheering has not only given them a chance to traverse the world but bring a smile on people’s faces and lighten up many a dull atmosphere. “We even try and make people laugh. We fall off stage playfully just to get people to cheer up. It’s great when people look up to you,” said Cheryl.

They say cheering and grooving is their love. It may be hard to get rewards in this industry but the cheering crowd keep their spirits soaring. India, as a country, is an eye-opener for them and lots of notions they have change when they actually visit the country, “People here are calm and peaceful, nothing seems to stir them,” says Kristen. They swear they love Bollywood music and Bharatanatyam has always intrigued them.

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