STOMP AND SHAKE CHEERLEADER CHEERS

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STOMP AND SHAKE CHEERLEADER CHEERS

The purpose of this page is to present information about and text examples and videos of selected university level stomp & shake cheers.

These cheers are presented for historical, folkloric, sociological, and aesthetic purposes.

Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-cheerleader-cheers for videos & text examples of examples of stomp & shake cheers that are performed by children & teens in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

This page contains a lengthy introduction to this subject because so little information is available online or off-line about stomp & shake cheerleading. The examples of cheers are presented below these comments.

Edited by Ms. Azizi Powell

Latest revision, February 5, 2014

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Overview of Stomp & Shake Cheers
- Azizi Powell, revised February 5, 2014

Cheerleading started in the United States in the late 19th century [November 1898] as a male activity whose goal was to organize crowds cheering at football games. In 1923, women joined cheerleading squads and have increasingly dominated this sport. Cheerleading traditionally features chanting, gymnastics and tumbling. The dominant image of cheerleading is a perky, always smiling female cheerleader who fits a particular body shape.

In the mid to late 1970s*, a new style of cheerleading emerged in North Carolina and Virginia. This African American originated style of cheerleading is called “stomp & shake". Stomp & shake cheerleaders have some of the same goals as "mainstream"* cheerleaders" - to motivate their sports team and to raise the enthusiasm of that team's fans about the action occurring in the game itself, and to motivate fans' enthusiasm for the university, school, or community that sport team represents.

Some stomp & shake cheers focus on the athletic team and the action that is occurring in the game. But, in marked contrast to mainstream cheerleading cheers, a large number of stomp & shake cheers focus on the cheerleading squad itself and not the sports team or the action in the sports game being played. In those types of cheers, the stomp & cheer squads draws attention to themselves by brags about how well they move (dance, shake), and also brag about how others attempt to imitate them (by copying their moves or cheers), but those other squads can never succeed in duplicating them.

Also in marked contrast to mainstream cheers, but very similar in spirit to a specific type of Black Greek lettered sorority and fraternity step chants, a number of stomp & shake cheers are composed with the sole purpose of insulting (dissin) their competitor's cheerleading squad. The term "battle cheers" is used to refer to these insult (put down) confrontational cheers. When done well, those cheers succeed in raising the enthusiasm of the fans attending the game, but contrary the original purpose of cheerleaders, the fans' enthusiasm is for the cheerleading squad itself, and not for the members or actions of the sport team that they represent.

*Here's a YouTube video's comment that suggests the date of around 1974 for the Virginia State University's Woo Woo cheerleaders, a squad which is generally considered to be an icon in the performance art/sport of stomp and shake cheerleading:

"Also, Dr. Johnson works very hard in making sure that each year she puts a team together that is a force to be reckon with. They have been strong for over the last 35 years and going strong. You can't even imagine how many girls tryout for only a few spots, Trust me they the cream of the crop!!! and that is why they are known for their showcasing of talents. Girls, come from all over to attend VSU just to become a VSU Woo-Woos. They are highly respected EVERYWHERE and definitely on the CAMPUS."
-goj617gemini, 2009 VSU WOO WOOS; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzKtmHPC5hk&lc=HtRQ2lNroHJzxu12Ww4Kl4i7tf...
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"Over the last 35 years" means around 1974 [as of Feb 2014]
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Why I use the term "mainstream cheerleaders"

When writing or talking about these two forms of cheerleading cheers, it becomes clear that a referent is needed for the earlier, "traditional" or mainstream form of cheerleading cheers. To refer to one style of cheers as "cheerleading cheers" and the other style by another name implies that the later style isn't really a form of "cheerleading cheers". To refer to those two types of cheers as "White cheers" and "Black cheers" is problematic for a host of social reasons, not the least that it implies that only White people do one form of cheers, and only Black people the another. That is definitely a false assumption.

I'm aware that most people use the term "traditional cheerleading" instead of "mainstream cheerleading". However, I'm reluctant to use that term " because "traditional" begs the question "Whose tradition?"

Origins Of And Infuences Upon Stomp & Shake Cheerleading
Stomp & shake is the cheerleading style at certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCU]- particularly in North Carolina and Virginia- and has been adopted by certain high schools near those universities. A central tenet in stomp & shake cheers is that those cheers are more effective in pumping up the enthusiasm of African American fans than the other type of cheers. Given the differences in African American music and dance aesthetics and Anglo- American music and dance aesthetics, I've no doubt that that tenet is true. However, in large measure because African American music/dance aesthetics are well known and well liked by many non-African Americans, I believe that it's also possible that stomp n shake cheers are also more effective in raising the enthusiasm of non-African American cheerleading fans.

Besides mainstream cheerleading, the African American originated performance styles of stepping, and the insult exchange most commonly known "as the dozens" are the probable sources for this new style of cheerleading. Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-... for videos of "stepping" and its related movement form "strolling".

Other probable influences on the development of stomp & shake cheerleading are African American drill teams, high stepping marching band traditions, African American R&B/Hip-Hop dancing, and foot stomping cheers.

The Bring It On cheerleader movie series have raised the awareness about and greatly contributed to mainstream interest in stomp & shake style cheerleading (although the type of cheers that were performed in the first Bring It On movie (2000) and the third movie in that series Bring It On, All Or Nothing (2006) aren't actually how stomp & shake cheers are done. For example, the highly popular (among many White high schools and colleges) cheer "Shabooya Roll Call" as performed in Bring It On, All Or Nothing isn't a stomp & shake cheer at all, but is an exagerrated performance of a foot stomping cheer.

Thanks to youtube.com and its viewer comment threads, (and thanks to websites such as Cocojams.com), people around the world can not only view videos of stomp & shake cheerleading routines, but they can also read the words to many of those cheers. watching the videos.

Some commenters on YouTube stomp & shake videos's viewer comment threads refer to traditional cheerleading as the "white style" of cheerleading and consider stomp n shake to be "ghetto". Here's one response to that ghetto charge from a frequent blogger on stomp & shake video threads:

First of all. The white way is not always the right way. This is about crowd appeal and motivation. And if the Stomp&Shake style does it to get the WSSU [Winston Salem State University] crowd in gear. Then So be it. Really sad someone would call a style that black females created ghetto. Is Highstep marching "Ghetto"? And that was a question. Its a take on a traditional style that blacks have adapted. WSSU don't change a thing in order to comform to White standards. Your Crowd love you."
-holdmydrink** ; 2008

** That blogger graciously gave me permission to use a shortened version of his tag name.

As I have previously mentioned, I very much prefer using the terms "mainstream" and "stomp & shake" cheerleading rather than the terms "white cheerleading" and "black cheerleading". And for a host of reasons, I don't like the terms "ghetto" as a descriptor of Black culture or of Black people.

It should also be noted that there are non-Black members of some stomp & shake squads (including highy regarded university squads) and there are Black members of some mainstream cheerleading squads.

General Description Of Stomp & Shake Squad Performances
Stomp & shake cheerleaders use African American dance/stepping aesthetics and African American bragging and insult (dozens/snapping) traditions to "pump up" their teams fans. Some stomp & cheer squads include tumbling and stunts in their repertoire while other squads don't.

Stomp & shake cheerleaders rarely smile. Instead their goal is to look serious and intimidating when they are chanting their cheers and performing their cheer routines. Most stomp & cheer cheerleaders are women. As the name implies, hip shaking and butt shaking are common features of stomp & shake routines.

UpStomp and Other Different Styles Of Stomp And Shake Cheereading
Although one can speak of the "stomp n shake" style of cheerleading, there actually are different styles of doing these cheers, just as there are different styles of doing Black Greek fraternity and sorority stepping. For example, some stomp n shake squads have a fast pace to their cheers/cheer performances than others. Some squads do high steps (up stomps), Also, some stomp & shake squads may incorporate signature calls, and add phrases to their cheers which create an echo, overlapping response style.

Upstomps are performed by raising a leg up to the beat of the chant or instrumental music. The knee is bent and the foot is pointed down. One style of performing upstomps that some cheerleader sqads do is slanting the leg that is lifted.

It seems to me that the high step (up stomp) form of stomp and shake cheerleading is much more common to North Carolina stomp and shake squads than to Virginia stomp and shake squads (In spite of the fact that these two states are next to each other, there definitely is a difference in their performance styles).

The "upstomp" (high step) movement is similar to and may have come from Black marching band high stepping traditions. The high step movement is done by traditional South African dancers in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHd_0B_kQDo . However, I don't know those South African dances were the source of African American high stepping or upstomp movements.

Charlottefashionicon, a former stomp & shake cheerleader from North Carolina provided this definition of "upstomp" in an email to me dated 8/2/2011

A "upstomp" is the motion that u see where the cheerleaders stomp and bring the foot up next to the knee. The "west meck high school" cheerleaders do it perfectly in that video I posted."
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/01/five-stomp-and-shake-videos-of-w... for a pancocojams post that showcases the West Meck High School Varsity Cheerleaders.

JIGGA POP
The term "jigga pop" has also been used to describe a particular movement that is done by some stomp & shake squads. See, for example, this sentence from Charlottefashionicon in response to another commenter who wrote that she had been doing cheerleading for ten years and that stomp and shake cheerleading wasn't cheerleading:

"10years of cheerleading and you still can't do an upstomp into a "Jigga Pop". Do you know what that is?"
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/07/21/race-and-the-changing-sh...

In that same previously mentioned email, Charlottefashionicon provided this definition of "jigga pop" :

"Jigga-pop" or some call a "double shake" is a little hard to put into words. It's where you throw your hip over so hard it "whips back". It's very difficult to catch on to if not taught properly. Matter of fact in the "olympic high cheerleaders" video. The part they say ,"you can't catch these moves", they are Jigga popping/double shaking.

They know its a complicated move for other teams to steal. The name "jigga pop" has nothing to do with Jay-Z'. I think its more to do with the jiggle type shake it is."
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The "Olympic High [North Carolina] cheerleaders video is re-posted on this page under the title "We Are The Trojans". From watching that video, the "jigga-pop" (double shake) move is a specific kind of hip shaking move that has nothing to do with "popping" or "pop and lock" dance moves that include "poppin" (body isolations).

Also note that the reference that Charlottefashionicon made to Jay-Z's definitely X rated hip hop song "It's Hot (It's Hot Like This).

Performing Stomp & Shake Cheers - Announcing The Cheer
In all of the videos of each stomp & shake cheers that I have observed, one or two cheerleaders announce the cheer - chanting the title only or (usually) also a few lines of the cheer. Most of the time these cheer leaders (captains?) also perform a portion of the cheer routine while announcing the cheer. A similar "announcement" is done for foot stomping cheers, except that the "cheer leader" usually stands without moving, says the name of the cheer, and then says something like "Kick that beat".

For stomp & shake cheers, after the captain announces the cheer, she (or the two captains) perform the actual cheer from the beginning along with the entire squad. The leader/s of the cheer are usually but not always positioned in the front of the two or more horizontal lines of cheerleaders.

The Influence of Stomp & Shake Cheerleading On Mainstream Cheerleading
Stomp & shake cheerleading and foot stomping cheers are significantly changing the way cheerleading is done in the United States and elsewhere. And these changes are occurring to the dismay of many cheerleading coaches, cheerleaders, and fans who very much prefer that cheerleading remain the way it was, before hip shaking or any reference to hip shaking was incorporated into the words of cheers or in their performances.

However, the influence of such movies as the Bring It On cheerleader series which featured adaptations of this style of cheerleading and the inclusion of stomp n shake videos on YouTube - along with the desire of cheerleading squads to be cutting edge and "hip" - have to a greater or lesser degree already influenced the performance styles of recreational if not competitive cheerleader squads in the United States and elsewhere - regardless of the racial composition of those squads.

Using Other Squads' Cheers And Cheer Routines
Posting a video of your squad performing a cheer does not necessarily mean that you want or expect others to copy that routine or chant the exact words of that cheer. Some people may post their videos on YouTube for the acclaim, and/or because it has become the thing to do (to demonstrate that you are proud of your squad). That said, most uploaders of stomo n cheer videos don't post the words to the cheer or cheers featured in their videos, even if asked for those words by commenters in the videos' viewer comment threads.

Some commenters who indicate that they are members of cheer squad or students/alumni of a particular university aooear to have the same attitude about cheers that members of sororities or fraternities have about their step chants- those cheers (and chants) are the private property of the specific group who composed them and shouldn't be chanted or performed by anyone else. But in a number of cases, other commenters (besides me) have posted transcriptions of featured cheers and a number of commenters to these stomp n shake video threads indicate their intentions to perform those spacific cheers.

Most chants, cheers, or rhymes are un-copyrighted creative material which have anonymous or quasi-anonymous composers. Because those chants, cheers, or rhymes aren't copyrighted, if for various reasons they become popular, that material is likely to be picked up and performed by other individuals, squads, or groups. This is especially the case when that chant, or cheer or rhyme is showcased on a popular video sharing site such as YouTube.

As an outside observer, it seems to me that cheerleaders and fans of stomp n shake cheerleading squads highly value originality.** For that reason, most stomp n shake cheerleaders appear to strongly object to other squads exactly copying their routines even more than they object to other squads copying the words to their cheers. (Exceptions to this statement are those high school cheerleading squads who perform cheers that they were taught cheers by an alumni or current member of a university cheerleading squad or learned those cheers at the university squad's cheerleading camp.) Furthermore, competing cheerleader squads would never perform their competitors' cheers (including certain signature movements) unless they were doing so to start trouble.

I'm reposting videos and posting the words of cheers on this page tfor the folkloric and historical record and for the aesthetic pleasure that I get and other people may get from those videos and texts. In doing so, I'm giving credit to the squads who originated those cheers. In no way is my reposting these videos meant to condone or encourage squads to exactly copy the routines featured on these videos.

** With regard to the value given to a squad's creativity and originality as opposed to using another squad's routine, read the Winston-Salem State University cheer "You Get No Respect In Here" that is posted below.

Body Shape And Stomp & Shake Cheerleaders
Stomp n shake cheerleading squads appear to be more accepting of cheerleaders who don’t fit the relatively slender body build of mainstream cheerleaders. Comment threads for YouTube videos of usually include comments that certain squad members are overweight and therefore should not be members of any cheerleading squad. Usual responses to those comments are that a “thick”(big boned) body frame is common for many Black females, and ,besides, a cheerleader's weight has nothing to do with her cheerleading skills.

Here's an example of a response to comments about "thick" cheerleaders on a high school cheerleading squad:

WhYy iS EVERYONE COMiN iN hERE TAlkiN AbOUT hOW FAT ThEYy ARE.. i AM A THiCkk ChEERlEAdER ANdd i AM GOOd AT WhAT idO..All ChEERlEAdERS ARENT SkiNNYy YA kNOW....i hAVE ChEEREd MAYbE 500 GAMESx ANdd i hAVE SEEN iT All..iT dOESNT MATTER hOW BiG YOU ARE, iF YOU WANT TO ChEER, ChEER. NOT All ThE SkiNNYy ChEERlEAdERS ARE GOOd ChEERlEAdERS SO WhYy WOUld YOU WANT TO dESCRiMiNATE AGAiNST ThE BiG ONES...MAYbE i Will hAVE TO UPlOAd A VidEO OF OUR SQUAd ANd lET YOU SEE hOW iT dONE WiT ThE ThiCk GiRlS.

- sasha2012; 2010

Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-cheerleader-cheers to view the video of another cheerleading squad tthat this comment refers to.

The Differences Between Foot Stomping Cheers and Stomp & Shake Cheers
Foot stomping cheers and stomp & shake cheers are both African American originated performance arts. However there's a BIG difference between the structure and the movement performances of stomp & shake cheers and foot stomping cheers. With regard to the structure: stomp & shake cheers are usually said in unison, while foot stomping cheers are a modified forms of call & response. With regard to their performances, both stomp & shake cheerleading cheers and foot stomping cheer emphasize the performance of synchronized foot stomping routines. Also, both types of cheerleading cheers* are chanted while creating a metronome- like bass sound with their feet. However, it appears to me that that feature is more pronounced in foot stomping cheering than in stomp & shake cheerleading. Also, hip shaking isn't as integral a part of most foot stomping cheerleading performances as it is with most stomp & shake cheerleading performances. That said, in both these African American orginated performance arts, the image that the performers seek to convey isn't the perky, always smiling cheerleader but the "hard" (tough, in your face), sexy "fly" girl (or boy, although male stomp & cheer cheerleaders are rare, and, as shown in videos of Winston Salem State University stomp & shake squads, the male cheerleaders stomp but they don't shake).

*It's my sense that the African American originated performance style of foot stomping cheers is either an informal off-shoot of stomp & shake cheerleading, or developed at or near the same time and in the same geographical locations as stomp & shake cheerleading. Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0 for information about and examples of the children's recreational activity of foot stomping cheers.

Cheer Dance
Because I'm most interested in the words of cheers and chants, this page doesn't feature any cheer dance performances unless they are included in videos of stomp & cheer performances. However, i believe that many contemporary cheer dance routines are also heavily influenced by cheer dance although, imo, it's probably more accurate to say that cheer dance is heavily influenced by stomp & shaje cheer performances.

Sources of Cheers Featured On This Page
Most of the sources of cheers on this page are from http://www.youtube.com/
Because it isn't always clear what the squad is chanting, some of the videos on this page are posted without transcription (the words to the cheers). My apologies for this. Unfortunately, most of the stomp & shake videos that I have found don't include postings of the words of the chants, and the chants aren't easy to transcribe

These examples are posted for folkloric, historical, and entertainment purposes. I encourage this site's visitors to send in the YouTube address and transcriptions of other stomp & cheer videos. Examples of this type of cheerleading cheer can also be sent in without a video. When sending in examples of this cheer, please specify if it is a children's/teen cheer or if it is a university level cheer.

Contact Information
Please send in examples of & comments about stomp & shake cheers to cocojams17@yahoo.com

Your email address is never posted or shared.

Although it is not required, please include information about how this cheer is performed. Also, for the sake of folkloric research, please include the following demographical information: where you learned the cheer (please include the city & state if within the USA, and the nation, if outside the USA); when you learned this cheer (year or decade such as 2008, the 1990s, or the mid 1970s); and who performed this cheer (age, gender, race/ethnicity). Thanks!

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Thanks to all those who send in examples of stomp n shake cheers for possible posting on Cocojams!

Special thanks to all those who remember to include information about how these cheers are performed and/or information about where &; when they heard or performed the example/s that they send in for possible posting on this page.

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I'm sorry that Cocojams is unable to help its readers start any cheerleading squads or identify any cheerleading instructors or cheerleading gyms or camps.

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Related Cocojams pages
Visit these related Cocojams.com pages:

http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-cheerleader-cheers

http://www.cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0

http://www.cocojams.com/content/fraternity-sorority-step-stroll-related-...

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/05/videos-of-african-musical-produc... Video #3: Umoja - The Spirit Of Together 2
(4:43-6:50) for examples of thick ("big boned") South African female dancers. being "thick" (big boned).The build of those dancers suggests that South Africans also share African Americans' perceptions of what are acceptable, and valued body weights for adult females.

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Related Online Resources
In addition to the Cocojams.com pages, click http://www.folkstreams.net/context,249 for an article about the history of Black marching bands.

Also click http://www.cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-and-body-patting-movements... for videos of those related movement arts

In addition, visit these pancocojams pages: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/01/stomp-shake-cheerleading-who-che...

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/03/confrontational-words-body-stanc...

Alsp. click http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/07/21/race-and-the-changing-sh... to read a post that I wrote on stomp n shake cheers and to read comments on that post.

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EXAMPLES OF (UNIVERSITY LEVEL) STOMP & SHAKE CHEERLEADER CHEERS & CHANTS
Examples are posted in numerical and alphabetical order by their title (or first line) according to their date with the examples with the earliest dates posted first. Examples from specific "families of cheers" are posted together regardless of their title or their first line.

1997 CHEER VIDEO

VSU Woo Woos and NSU Cheerleaders "Hello Cheer" 1997

GoTrojans, Uploaded on Nov 12, 2008

NSU vs VSU 1997 Labor Day Classic - 1st game at NSU Dick Price Football Stadium

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This video is given here without any attempt to transcribe these cheers.

NUMBERS

A, B, C
ALL NIGHT LONG
Sorry 4 taking so long to post the words everyone! lol!

Hey blue bears
We rock it hard
so hard we can't stop
we rock it all night long
all night long

(stomp stomp stomp stomp) >>>>> not words, just moves with no words....

That's it!!! hope ya enjoy!
-sataraboo; January 2011

Here's that video:

Uploaded by vcheer88 on Jan 24, 2008
Get it La La's

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ALWAYS STOMPING HARD

Uploaded by holdmydrink on Feb 11, 2007

Go RAMS!! Winston always gives it the way I want it!

Editor:
This cheerleading squad is from Winston-Salem State University (North Carolina).

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COME ON YELL WITH US
M T V hey hey
Come on and yell with us
The red and white
Yell W W S S U (S S U)
Hey Rams hey hey
Come on and yell with us
The red and white yell W W S S U (S S U)
A little louder now W W S S U (S S U)
YiiiiiiP!!!!
-itsatubathangshawty; 2009 ; Winston Salem State University Cheerleaders

This is the first cheer in this video:

Uploaded by flowchildent on Sep 24, 2008
WSSU Cheerleaders tryout for MTV Show

D, E, F,
DOMINATE DEVASTATE
Dominate, devastate
We'll blow you away,
The Virginia Union panthers
Are here to show you just what to do
We're simply the best
Cause we're unlike the rest
V-U-U lets go
V-U-U lets go.
-Virginia Union University Rah Rah Cheerleaders 2007-2008 Basketball; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHY9CmQOaKQ&feature=related ; January 17, 2008

Here's that video:

Uploaded by jboyfreshVUU on Jan 17, 2008

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FIGHT THE POWER
Yiiip!*
Fight fight the power,
Hey go head go head.
Hey fight fight he power.
Go head go head.
Hey fight the power.
We are the Rams
And we stay on your case.
If you have something to say
Say it to our face. Haw!
Hey fight the power
Hey fight the power,
Say what**
Say what**
We are the Rams
And we get on your case.
If you have something to say
Say it in our face.
Say it in our face.
Say it
in
our
face.
HAWHHHHH!
-Winston-Salem State University WSSU Cheer Phi Cheerleaders; 2007 (Cheer #2) as posted by SAC010 along with a transcription by Azizi Powell, February 2011

* "The high pitched squeeking sound "Yiiiip!" (my approximation of that sound) is chanted as an exclamation at the beginning of several lines of this cheer. I've also seen that sound written as "Yeeeep!" in several comment threads of Cheer Phi's YouTube videos. It appeas that that sound is a signature Cheer Phi exclamation that is inserted at various times during their chants, particularly at the end of their chants.

**These phrases are chanted in an overlapping style to the preceeding phrase (as a "response" to the preceeding word as in the call & response style of singing). It appears to me that most of these overlapping phrases were chanted by the male cheerleaders. It should be noted that the words provided above are only an approximate transcription of that echoed a style of chanting.

Also note: "go head" is a shortened form of the colloquial phrase "go ahead".

Here's that video:

Uploaded by ORIGINALCHEERPHI on Feb 22, 2008
Winston-Salem State University WSSU Cheer Phi Cheerleaders (North Carolina), 2007

Editor:
"Crunk" is an African American slang term which may have been derived from the two words "crazy and drunk". In some contexts, "getting crunk" may just mean to be very energetic, to be "pumped up", " to be hyped". However, I believe that in the context of this stomp & shake cheer, "get crunk" also means "to be 'hard"; "gangsta"; "street" - meaning to use African American stances, gestures, and words to emphasize the confrontational nature of that particular cheer routine. Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crunk for more information on "crunk".

The first cheer in the video was posted by the same commentater SAC010 as "ah ah ah cuz u dont want it, let get it started". That e third cheer is posted below under the title "You Get No Respect in Here". Each of these popular cheers originated with WSSU.

Also, note that several commenters called attention to the fact that Winston Salem State University's Chi Phi cheerleading squad has a White cheerleader. Some commenters mentioned that there were two White cheerleaders. However, other commenters who are/were affiliated with that squad corrected that statement, indicating that the cheerleader in the back row is a light skinned Black woman.

G, H, I,
GET ON THAT SKEGEE TRAIN
Editor: Here's what I think I hear:

Get on the Skegee train
Hey Hey Hey
Yeah, get on the Skegee train
Hey Hey Hey
They'll be no competition*
All we need is heart*
So get on the Skegee train
And ride, ride, ride

repeat
-Tuskegee Cheerleaders Spring Open House 2010

* I'm unsure about these lines.
Please send me the corrections if this transcription is wrong
The "get on the Skegee train" line is based on the words to a spiritual about the Gospel train.

Here's that video:

Uploaded by Gashlyn2010 on Jun 20, 2010
Tuskegee Cheerleaders Performing "Get on that Skegee Train"

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GET READY GET TOUGH
You best get ready
You best get tough
Cuz the Trojans are gonna strut
their stuff
Uh huh ay
alright
ayeeeeeeee
-Virginia State University Woo Woos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzwCNZoZsHw ; 2009
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Sorry. That video appears to have been removed.

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HOW WE GET DOWN
Pirates, let's show them
How we get down.
So pump it up
And get down.
(repeat)
- HU athletics on Aug 21, 2010

Hampton University Blue Thunder Cheerleaders perform for Media Day

Here's that video:

Editor:
Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0 to find examples of the foot stomping cheer "Get down" ,"Get On Down", and "Pump It Up".

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IT TAKES A BISON
It takes a B-I-S-O-N to do what we do
It takes a mighty Bison to shake like we shake
So why would you [other team] try to imitate
Because a Howard Bison is all that it.takes!
-Howard University Bison Cheerleader; 2006

Here's that video:

Howard University Battle Cheer
Coachspence; October 19, 2006

Editor:
This cheer starts with the phrase "Hit It". This African American phrase is a common signal to begin cheers, and is also used by some sis boom bah cheerleading squads.

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IT TAKES A (BLUE) BEAR
my middle school do that same cheer and the word for ours is IT TAKES A HAWK TO (XSX)TO SHAKE LIKE WE SHAKE IT TAKES A HAWK(SS)SHAKE IT LIKE THIS IT TAKES A HAWK (X S X)TO ROCK LIKE WE ROCK IT TAKES A HAWK(SS)TO PUMP IT NONSTOP s=stomp x=clap
shaniquatelvin; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1eLp_C3acs&feature=related ; 2008

Here's the video of the Livingstone University cheerleaders:

Uploaded by MiQuelW on Feb 20, 2007

Livingstone College's version of "It Take's A..." They are the LaLa's.

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J, K, L
LC Cheerleaders Cheerin' Their Team On!!!

Editor:
This video of the Livingston College La La cheerleaders is posted to show one way that men do stomp n shake cheers. I'd love to have a transcription of this cheer. If you know it, please send it in to cocojams17@yahoo.com
Thanks!

Uploaded by vcheer88 on Mar 13, 2009
Livingstone College Cheerleaders

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LET'S GO
lets.....go......lets go state....lets go lets go....ahhhhhhh....lets go state.....lets go lets go....ahhhhh lets go state...ect
-domoent800 ; July 2011; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIJmywC-Ajw&feature=related (posted in response to another viewer's request for the words to that cheer)

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The World Renown Woo Woos of Virginia State University

Uploaded by GoTrojans on Sep 30, 2010

2009 Freedom Classic
January 2009
Richmond, VA

-snip-

I included this video and a viewer comment about the cheerleaders' shapes on this post of my pancocojams blog: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/10/weighty-subject-being-thick-in-a...

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LET'S GO AGGIES
G.O.
Let's go AGGIES
G.O.
Let's go Let's go AGGIES
G.O.
-North Carolina AT&T University Cheerleaders (Aggies) as posted by tdjones; 2009

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Uploaded by MizLoLo on Oct 12, 2008
NCA&T Cheerleaders @ Homecoming Pep Rally 2008

M, N, O

P, Q, R,
RAM MADNESS

Uploaded by branbran16 on Oct 29, 2010

WSSU (Winston-Salem State University (North Carolina) Red and White Cheerleaders
October 15, 2010

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ROCK
The S.U. Rams are really hot
and were gonna show you
just how we Rock.
Rock
Rock Rock Rock
The S.U. Rams are really hot
and were gonna show you
just how we Rock
Rock Rock Rock

[repeat and add this yell at the end]
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP
-Virginia State Union cheerleaders, word posted by holdmydrink; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwjmylxCrcI&feature=related ; 2009 [and my transcription of the video] Please send in any corrections.

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S, T, U,
SIT BACK DOWN
(One cheerleader)
Come to us
You betta
sit
back
down.

(Entire squad)
Some of ya'll think
that HU aint got no style
But when it comes to us,
you better sit back down.
So sit back, and relax,
cause we came to show you that [rival's name]
ain't got nothin on HU.
You shake like this, *
You move like this.*
But in the end
your squad aint SHHHHH"
-Howard University [Washington D.C.] Battle Cheer, October19, 2009

*Facing that rival squad, the Howard University cheerleaders mimic in an insulting manner the way that cheerleader squad perform stomp & shake cheers.

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Howard University Battle Cheer
CoachSpence October 19, 2009

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SURVIVAL
they are saying:

its called survival
only the rams can survive
survival
in order to stay alive
survival survival survival survival
-Domenique Covington, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dTvii4R0Jk , 2013

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2012 WSSU Cheerleaders, It's called Survival

crazysexycool180, Published on Oct 22, 2012
2012 Winston Salem State University Cheerleader performance of survival cheer.

V, W, X
VARIOUS CHEERS (No transcriptions of cheers available)
Hampton University vs Norfolk State University Battle of the Bay Cheerleading Battle

Uploaded by HUAthletics on Oct 18, 2010

Norfolk State come over to the Hampton side of the Stadium and the Pirates respond

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WE ROCK IT
If you didn't know now you can
Against the Panthers, no other team stands a chance
Left to Right, Front To Back We Run The Stands
Hey Hey, Cuz We Rock it
We Rock, We Rock It
We Rock, We Rock It,
We Rock We Rock It,
Hey Hey, We Rock It
- VUU Homecoming The Rah-Rah's & Alumni ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71jXviy7HpY&feature=related; 2011

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WORK HARD
Work hard.
Work hard
Work hard.
Hey.
You betta work hard.

[repeat entire cheer]
-North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Champagne Cheerleaders; Uploaded by MrFierce06 on Oct 12, 2008

[If this transcription is wrong, please email me at cocojams17@yahoo.com]

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Uploaded by MrFierce06 on Oct 12, 2008

Champagne telling you to WORK HARD!!

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WORK IT
V-S-U let's work it
Ayeee yee yee
Work it
ayyeee yee yee
Trojans [you] know how we do
Get out ya seats and work Big Blue
Ahhhhh  work it
Ayeeee yee yee
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blDqcHBu-Cs&feature=related ; posted by GoTrojans on Sep 11, 2008 ; transcription by Azizi Powell from that video

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Uploaded by GoTrojans on Sep 11, 2008

VSU vs. NSU Labor Day Classic August 30, 2008

When the cheerleaders completed this cheer, an excited member of the crowd can be heard spontaneously shouting "Woo Woo!" "Woo Woo" is said to have been given to VSU's cheerleading squad because that's the sound that men made when they saw the attractive cheerleaders. Generally speaking, in the United States, along with "wolf whistles", males still make the "woo woo" sound when they see an attractive young female approaching them.

Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/childrens-cheerleader-cheers to find a video/chant of "Work It" as performed by Thomas Jefferson High School (Virginia).

Y, Z.
YOU AIN'T BAD
You ain't bad
You ain't tough
The eagles will rock your stuff.
(repeat)
-North Carolina Central University Cheerleaders ; November 2008

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Uploaded by MrFierce06 on Nov 20, 2008

NCCU Cheerleaders

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YOU CAN DO IT
Yes you can!
You can do it. You can do it
You can. You can.
You can do it. You can do it.
Yes you can!
[repeat entire cheer]

-Fayetteville State University Cheer - "You Can Do It!" ; Uploaded by NexMillenia on Sep 20, 2009

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YOU DON'T ROCK LIKE WE CAN
Cheer caller:
You don't rock like we can
we can
You better get back
[before you get [make slapping motion]

Entire squad:
You don't rock like we can
we can
You better get back
[before you get [make slapping motion]
You don't rock like we can.
we can

You don't rock like we can
we can
You better get back
[before you get [make slapping motion]
Cause You don't rock like we can.
we can
You better get back
[echo "get back"]
before you get [make slapping motion]
Cause you [echo "you"]
don't [echo "don't]
rock [echo "rock']
like [echo "like"]
We can.
-St Paul College; Uploaded by MellotoneGirl on Feb 28, 2010

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Uploaded by MellotoneGirl on Feb 28, 2010
Homecoming

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YOU GET NO RESPECT
Editor's note: This is cheer #3 in the video posted under "F" for Fight The Power

You get no respect in here.
Hey Hey Hey Hey
We see our moves in all your cheers.
We know you think you are the best.
S.U. will put you to the test.

Dont start no stuff wont be no stuff.
Dont start no stuff wont be no stuff.
When ya messin with Rams
Ya bound to get-
ahhhhh-,"Say what"
Crushed!
-Winston-Salem State University WSSU Cheer Phi Cheerleaders; 2007 (Cheer #3)
as transcribed by Tashani714; February 2010; also transcribed by BIGGESTMJFAN4EVA; October 2010; and my transcription of the sane video.

Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkpOiVssR0s for another video of WSSU Cheer Pho Cheerleaders chanting "You Get No Respect":

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YOU NEED TO BE A MIGHTY BULLDOG
Cheer Caller:
Let's go hey.

Entire squad:
Alright
Hey hey
You need to be
a mighty Bulldog
'Cause we
work it
like this.
Let's go!
Hey hey hey!
Alright!
Hey hey
You need to be
a mighty Bulldog
[Faster tempo]
'Cause we
work it
like this.
Let's go!
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83dMR9JyXIo&feature=related Bowie State U Cheerleaders 9 October 2010

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Uploaded by NexMillenia on Oct 12, 2010

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