Without cheerleaders, a crowd's disordered clapping would accidentally summon stray dogs and itinerant beatboxers. Gain hand-slapping guidance with today's GrouponLive deal: for $14, you get two general-admission tickets to the National Cheer & Dance Championships at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (up to a $29.50 value, including all ticketing fees).
At the National Cheer & Dance Championships, local cheer organization Spirit Rocks wrangles powerfully peppy participants aged 3–18 who vie for prizes and a shot at the U.S. Finals. On a full stage bathed in light, all-star cheerleaders and dancers pop synchronized choreography, tumble solo or in groups, and pull off high-flying stunts. Organizers draw the all-ages audience into the action by tempting them to win giveaways and raffle prizes, jump into dance contests, pucker up a cheek for a face painter, or pamper a balloon pet inflated with pure enthusiasm. As teams show off their victory-inspiring skills by brandishing pompoms or suggesting football plays via interpretive dance, fans mark mental scorecards to predict which winner will get the chance to perform at a future Pistons' game.