The Wow factor was almost instantaneous. The six basket tosses were flawless, every movement was sharp and clean, and all 33 Sierra Canyon cheerleaders moved in perfect unison to Missy Elliott’s Pep Rally in a visually stunning 3-minute and 30-second set.
It was an epic halftime performance that christened Sierra Canyon’s new football stadium and set the stage for what should be the first of many dazzling showcases that Coach Reyna Joy Banks is planning.
“It was insane. It was amazing. It was our most impeccable performance yet,” Banks said. “Not a single moment was missed. These girls have worked so hard, and they accomplished their goal. It was beautiful.”
Banks, in her third season as Cheer Coach, has elevated each cheerleading team performance into a can’t-miss spectacle for Sierra Canyon football and basketball games.
Banks is bringing her experience as a former backup dancer for the likes of Beyonce and Usher and former choreographer for the Grammys and BET Awards. Her plans for the Homecoming game include the exact choreography she performed with Beyonce, a routine the girls have been working on throughout the summer. Banks is even toying with the idea of adding a drumline for this show.
“This will be our biggest performance yet,” Banks said. “And they look so great doing it too.” In addition to their halftime performances, Banks is lining up several exciting possibilities for her squad this season.
Sierra Canyon is set to perform a 10-minute set at Life Pack Organic’s star-studded product launch party in Burbank later this fall.
There is even talk of the Sierra Canyon Cheer Squad being cast in a movie that needs a full cheer squad.
The team is also planning to perform a tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs incorporating his new single Gotta Move On, this season.
“He’s excited and honored we are doing one of his songs,” Banks said. “We are planning some big things this year.”
Banks has nearly doubled the size of last year’s squad, making it the largest girls' team on campus and the second-biggest squad behind only the football team.
With the help of assistant coaches Solene Flores and Gianna Marshall '21, the squad is taking on more challenging choreography and adding more tumbles, flips, backflips, and other challenging stunts.
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.