Get your spirit fingers ready Kilmore, cheerleading has come to town!
But it’s more than what Hollywood lets on, says co-owner of Arctics Cheer and Dance Studio, Nick Mamalis. “Cheer is a serious international sport,” he says. “It’s recently been admitted to the Olympics and competition will start in 2028. Hopefully one of the first medallists is an Arctics student!”
Nick and his wife Lauren, moved from Sunbury to set up a new home and business in 2016. “We wanted to get away from Melbourne,” the duo says. “We looked further out and we found Kilmore. It’s the perfect place for cheer and dance, because there’s nothing like it for miles.”
Six days a week you’ll find up to 100 toddlers, children and teenagers, tumbling, twisting and cheering their time away. Lauren, a former child-care worker, has been dancing since the age of three. She is head coach and instructs cheer and dance classes. There are other teachers and coaches who help out with the load. Nick, whose background is retail, oversees the management of the business.
“We’re very family-oriented,” Lauren says. There’s something for everyone. Our biggest message is to give it a go.”