3 Benefits of Using an 8-Count Track for Cheer Practice

Anyone can count to eight, but it turns out that there are plenty of reasons to leave the task to a dedicated 8-count track. An 8-count track is a piece of music that actually counts to eight over and over for two minutes, 30 seconds, or whatever your competition routine time span happens to be.

These mixes are generally composed of 45-47 8-counts and recorded at 145 beats per minute (BPM). You can speed up or slow down the track as needed, depending on the music you’ve chosen.

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Charting Premixed Music to Match Your Cheer Routine

In a perfect world, every cheer team would have the luxury of working directly with an experienced music producer to compose the perfect mix to suit every competition routine. But in reality, that service is outside the budget of many cheer squads. Luckily, with enough creativity, any cheer team can achieve equally great results using premixed music.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Cheer Music

The most important elements of a great cheerleading team are probably hard work, passion, and creativity—but a solid soundtrack never hurts. When you’re choosing music for your next cheer routine, there are several small missteps that could be holding your team back from giving the performance of a lifetime. Check out these common musical blunders to see if you might need to get your team back on the right beat:

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How Power Music Can Amp Up Your Cheer and Dance Performances

A cheer or dance performance without music is like a fish without water. Music sets the mood of the show, keeps the audience engaged, and ensures the entire squad is coordinated and on point. Selecting the music for a big performance can be tricky, but the process can help you sharpen the vision for your routine. A good music song for a cheer or dance performance has a few important qualities:

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The Hottest Songs and Genres in Cheerleading Right Now

As Ciara is reminded by her dance guru at the start of her music video for “Level Up”: “Be your own boss, love yourself, and get up and dance.” With those three guiding principles in mind, let’s dive into some of the hottest songs and genres in cheerleading right now so we can channel Ciara and make our way up to boss level.

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8 Songs to Jumpstart Your Next Routine

If your inspirational battery is dead, you may need to jump-start it with some fresh musical energy. These songs can help infuse new blood into an otherwise dull cheer routine—give them a listen to see if you can find the fresh sound you’ve been looking for:

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