Rhianna Ellis is a young lady who is passionate about cheerleading. As a cheerleader for the Nottingham Silver Jets cheerleading squad she is forever practising and dedicating herself to the sport of cheerleading which as she is keen to point out isnít anything like the stereotypes people have when it comes to cheerleaders.
When and how did you first get interested in your chosen talent?
I first got interested in cheerleading when I was about 12 years old. A local dance studio was advertising for cheerleaders and I'd recently watched the "Bring it on" films and feel in love with the idea. I went along and after my first session I feel in love with it.
Was it something you had to work hard at or did it come naturally?
Cheerleading is something that both comes naturally but you also have to work so hard to improve. The feel for the performance and the dedication comes naturally but it takes a lot of training to learn the dances, jumps, tumbling and stunting that we perform.
What level have you got yourself and your talent to so far?
Though a lot of training my jumps have got higher and our stunts have been getting more complex. Due to an injury gained outside of cheerleading my flexibility has been struggling recently but I'm slowing getting back down into the splits.
How would you best describe yourself?
I would describe myself as dedicated and enthusiastic however this isn't all the time as so many people believe. We aren't all stereotypes!
Who are your role models or who inspires you?
I find that the people who inspire me aren't generally famous but just other cheerleaders around the world who have strived to reach the place where they are now.
What have been some of your highlights so far?
One of my highlights would be performing to an audience of 6000+. Also finding my current squad, they're my best friends and we have such a laugh while working hard.
How hard has it been to get where you are today?
It's been really hard to get to where I am. It's so hard to get yourself to stretch for your splits when itís early in the morning and you'd rather be in bed, but when you get them it's so worth it.
What do you want to accomplish with your talent?
Mine and my teamsí goal is to get to competition next. That in itself would be a dream come true, but obviously were hoping to get a high place as well!
What are your plans for this year?
Our plans for this year are to get ready to competition and to perform around our city as well as improving our skills and having fun.
How can we find out more about you and keep up to date with your latest news?
My cheerleading squad site is www.nottinghamsilverjets.tk