Cheerleading, step and dance keep things moving at the Community Center
For the past nine months Linda Marshall, owner of Maryland Cheers Chargers Inc., has been teaching weekly dance classes to the children of the Afternoon Addition program at the Takoma Park Community Center. Now they are ready to show off what they’ve learned – and many hope to learn more at summer camps right in Takoma Park.
This dance program, one of many clubs at the Community Center, covers a wide variety of movement styles, including ballet, hip-hop, step (a percussive, stomping and clapping dance) and modern dance as well as some cheer-style moves. The show, scheduled for June 5, will involve a performance for parents, peers and staff at the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium.
Maryland Cheer Chargers Inc. (MCC), is a local, family-owned and operated organization. Founded by husband and wife Maurice and Linda L. Marshall in 2010, it is designed to encourage youth fitness awareness through cheer, dance and step programs. Prior to 2010, Linda volunteered for 15 years on the Glenarden Boys and Girls Club Executive Board as vice president and cheerleading coach. It was through that experience she decided to form her own competitive cheer, dance and step organization.
Since its inception in 2010, MCC has grown from one single program to multiple locations in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The program offers coaching for young people from ages 3 to 18, and some teams enter competitions; the award-winning cheer teams do not cheer for athletic teams, but learn routines for performance and competition.
Linda Marshall, along with her coaches and instructors, will run the Recreation Department’s dance camps and cheerleading/step camps this summer at the Takoma Park Community Center. The camps are available for both girls and boys ages 6 to 12.
Registration for the camps is at www. marylandcheerchargers.org.
This article appeared in the June 2015 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.