Shaking up the culture and turning dreams into realities with their all inclusive “Stomp n Shake" cheer team this year are the Eastern Michigan University Eaglettes.
Stomp n Shake was initially popularized in the 70’s and is widely recognized in the South and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The style of cheer differs from traditional cheerleading because of its intricate dance moves.
In 2019, Jermoynee Brooks founded the Eaglettes after not seeing enough representation in EMU's spirit squads.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the team was inactive, but this year they’re back, better, and ready to make some noise.
Drew Liddell, the current captain of the Eaglettes, wants to create an environment where African American students can express themselves without feeling restricted or excluded.
“Just because you attend a predominantly white institute, doesn't mean you can’t spread your culture around," Liddell said.
Sophomore, Zacariaa Ballinger, a member of the Eaglettes, said she joined the Eaglettes because of her passion for cheer leading.
“I’m excited for everyone to know that we’re back and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store,” Ballinger said.
The Eaglettes plan to make their first appearance next month at an EMU men’s basketball game.
For more information on how you can support the team follow @emueaglettes on Instagram.