Sunday, March 22, 2015

April Captain Training in PORTAGE, MICHIGAN!

Do you lovelovelove Cheerobix? Do you ever think you'd like to take that love to the next level and learn how to be a Captain of your own squad? We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic leaders who love dancing with poms to join the ranks of our Captain Team!

Save Money!!  Register before April 20th and only pay $99 Click the "Buy Now" button below. If you have taken our training in the past, you only pay $50! Once the payment is posted, we'll receive a notification from PayPal and will then email to confirm your registration :)

General Pre-Registration payment HERE:

Current Captain/Junior Captain payment HERE:

WHEN is the training?


10:00AM -4:30PM
Registration at 9:30AM
Master Class at 10AM [open to the public]

Just Move Fitness and More

626 Romence Rd #104
Portage, Michigan 49024

$99 Early Registration
$119 after April 20th
$50 for past trainees 

What will you learn?

First, you'll get an hour-long Master Class with co-founders Mattrick, Jenarator, and Head Coach Hot Lavo! Then we move on to the training, where we'll discuss:

  • The Cheerobix Mission
  • Cheerobix Class Structure
  • Cueing with Excellence
  • Breaking Down Music
  • Elements of Fitness
  • Gathering your Squad
  • Building your Business
  • How to "Spread the Gospel"
  • Post-Training Resources

What will you need to become a certified Captain?
  • Experience teaching movement
  • Certification in Group Exercise/Yoga/Dance/Other movement-based format
  • CPR Certification
  • 30+ hours of dance fitness classes [teaching and/or taking]
  • A desire to deepen your knowledge of the Cheerobix mission
  • A positive, welcoming spirit!

Can I take the training AND THEN get certified in Group Ex?

Totally! If it takes longer than 6 months to complete your eligibility, you'll just need to come take the next training [at a discounted rate] to re-up your education :)

Will I be a Captain as soon as training is over?

The short answer is no, but you WILL BE a JUNIOR CAPTAIN! 
This is just a training.  Once you have completed your training, you are a Junior Captain. You may already have all the requirements under your belt,  but maybe need a little more practice with our style of cueing.  Or maybe you've been teaching yoga, but are new to dance fitness and need time to put your hours in... Whatever your unique situation is, we will communicate with you by email or in person as to what you will need to do to become a Certified Captain once the training is complete.  Here are some of the teaching requirements:
  • Cueing with confidence and excellence
  • Clarity of movement and rhythm
  • Fullness of movement
  • Ability to improvise and multi task 
  • Ability to learn videotaped routines
  • Physical Endurance
  • Is an Ambassador of the Cheerobix Mission
  • Cheerobix Captain Membership

What is the Cheerobix Captain Membership?

This keeps you certified as a Captain and provides you with the existing library of Cheerobix routines, as well as a constant flow of new material. You will get a Vimeo account that will give you access to these routines and updates as to when they are uploaded.  The cost is only $30 per quarter or $99 for the year.

    Oh no! I'm not certified in anything but I love Cheerobix and want to take the training, can I do that?

    Sure! We love spreading the mission to all our squadmates and if you want more knowledge of the Cheerobix mission and spend a day seeing for yourself what goes into being a Captain, we'd love to have you!

    What if I have more questions?

    No problem! Please ask! Email us: cheerobix [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Your Spirited Leaders

    Cheerobix is a magical dance fitness class with poms! You'll be drenched in sweat while you dance, prance and drop it low. This is your squad. Come cheer dance with us!

    Matthew Hollis [Mattrick Swayze]

    Matthew Hollis has been committed to fitness for over 6 years as a certified personal trainer and iron-pumping addict. He trains individuals, teaches various group classes and boot camps, and will whip your hot tail into gear. His no nonsense approach keeps his clients focused and working hard throughout every workout. Your results are his top priority, but lucky for you, he is also very charming and fun to have around. You can find Matthew teaching and training and Cheetah Gyms, Columbia College, Indigo Studio and corporate classes at Google!

    Jena Ertel [the Jenarator]

    Jena began her on-again off-again experience with poms in middle school and has had cheer in her heart ever since. A degree in Dance from Columbia as well as a Dance Education certification from UWM led her to over 10 years [so far] of teaching dance and movement of all sorts to people of all ages. Jena currently teaches group fitness and yoga classes and loves the booming sound of unison pom swishes. She is a certified yoga instructor and is constantly building her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology so she can be the best educator to her students. If she is not practicing her body rolls and high kicks, you'll probably find the Jenarator smothering her little doggie and baby Emmitt with kisses or obsessing over flora or fauna of some sort.


    Well, Mattrick and the Jenarator have been great pals for just about ever, meeting as dance students in college. They have performed together and separately for over a decade and have been cheering together for about 6 years.

    In 2007, Matthew created a performance group/concept called the "Power of Cheer" based on his need to be his own best cheerleader. So began an honest, funny, raw series of performances done with two other men, and sometimes just he alone.

    As the popularity of the Power of Cheer grew, so did the squad. A core group of 5 males and 4 females began to form and not only did Matthew create, produce and execute a hugely successful full-length evening performance piece, but this core squad also began performing full-scale pom routines and original cheers for the halftime shows for the Windy City Rollers, as well as pranced and kicked on a moving float for 3 consecutive Gay Pride Parades.

    It seemed evident that the practice that went into rehearsing for these shows was so physically demanding, that it would make for a really fun, cardio-tastic form of group fitness. With that in mind, in summer 2010, Matthew was asked by the City of Chicago to lead a series of ‘Cheerobics’ classes in Millennium Park, which was wildly popular.

    One night, Jena and Matthew were dancing around in an empty beergarden and he showed her some of the moves from these ‘Cheerobics’ classes and Jena got so excited she said, “We HAVE to do this. People would LOVE this! “

    And now here we are. Present day. Jena joins forces with Matthew to co-create a Cheerobix curriculum and pedagogy to take to all the inner cheerleaders out there. Because it's fun to dance, its fun to prance, and darn it--its fun to play with pom pons!