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In our world girls are exposed to millions of media messages telling them they aren’t pretty enough, skinny enough or popular enough. If they speak their minds they are bossy or if they are smart boys won’t like them. We want them to know they are MORE than enough.
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Online Classes Coming Soon

Online Classes Coming Soon

We are excited to begin offering online classes for girls who want to prepare for their high school teams. Be sure to check back this spring for more information.
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Meet Miss Brittany- Founder of MTC

Meet Miss Brittany- Founder of MTC

Miss Brittany has cheered at every level: Rec, High School, All Star, College, Semi-Professional and Professional! Learn more about why she decided to start MTC as a sophomore in college.
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We Are All CheerLEADER!

We Are All CheerLEADER!

A cheerleader is positive, encouraging and an example to everyone in his or her community and school. Learn more about Cheerleadership and how you can have a cheerleader come to your school to talk about why it's important for everyone to be a cheerleader for each other and themselves!
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Colbie Caillat and One Former Professional Cheerleader are Fighting for Your Daughter, Will You?

Brittany Rose - Professional cheerleading tryout picture

When I read the interview with Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and watched her new music video (video below) it brought me to the verge of tears. She was singing about and going through something I know my cheerleaders feel on a daily basis and something I had experienced in my life, especially last year as a professional cheerleader.

 

There is an intense pressure as a woman (and as a girl) to feel thin enough, pretty enough, and “polished” enough. To never leave the house without makeup or without perfect hair. As a professional cheerleader the pressure is incredibly intense. You are selling an image of beauty, poise, sexiness and above all perfection. Your nails, hair, teeth, skin color, weight, body type, makeup, and clothes must be impeccable on and off the field. You are a representative for a multi-billion dollar corporation and they take your image VERY seriously.

Brittany Rose, owner of More Than Cheer. Professional cheerleading tryout picture.

Brittany Rose, owner of More Than Cheer. Professional cheerleading tryout picture, 2013.

 

 

My parents raised me to be confident with who I am and taught me to place more value on the character and personality of myself and others than anything else. I’ve always been a happy, free, and confident person. Cheerleading was always a confidence builder throughout my high school and college career. The relationships I built, the opportunities I received, and the challenges I overcame were all stepping stones to help me become a stronger person.

 

Last year when I made my first professional team I was challenged to my core. I questioned if I was good enough all the time: if I would ever be in shape enough, if I had the right shade of blush, if my hair was curled enough, if my nails were the right shade of pink, if I talked to much or talked too little. Everything. I experienced an anxiety unparalleled to anything I had ever felt. Literally making myself sick.

 

In the end, I am incredibly grateful for my journey and the challenges I overcame to finish a life changing season. But it made me think of my cheerleaders and what they are experiencing on a daily basis. Even though it has been less than 10 years since I was in high school, things have CHANGED! Social media, hyper sexualization, bullying and a constant onslaught of unrealistic body images make social life and school a virtual war zone for students. I am a 20-something woman dealing with these very grown up challenges. But our youth are faced with the same challenges (or even more intense challenges) at a far younger age.

 

I’m so thankful someone in mainstream pop culture is finally telling our girls that they are good enough and I hope more follow. But what if that doesn’t happen? What will we do? How can we make sure girls grow up know they are born “good enough”?

 

I want to know what will you do to make sure your daughter knows. Share your suggestions in comments below and share this article with your friends, family and especially your daughter.

 

 

At More Than Cheer we help our cheerleaders fight low self esteem by:

 

1. Changing their language: Our cheerleader do not use the word “cant”. They know there is nothing they can not do, there are only things they have not learned to do yet.

 

2. Telling the journey of each athlete: When we first have boys and girls join our program they can get quickly frustrated when they don’t get every skill right away. We try to stop this before it starts by having other students share their journey and they challenge they overcame when they first started cheering.

 

3. Creating a “No-Shaming” zone: We never shame or embarrass our students when they make a mistake or haven’t yet mastered a skill. We always push them to do their best and help them recognize they will have to overcome their fears to reach their goals but we do this with encouragement, never shame.

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