On Friday the Washington Redskins cheerleaders, usually found urging on the American football side of the same name, will make their subcontinental debut when they take to the field for the Bangalore Royal Challengers, the newly created cricket team.
The Challengers will be playing the Kolkata Night Riders, a side backed by Shah Rukh Khan, a Bollywood megastar, in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a six-week contest that has attracted the world’s best players with bumper pay cheques, and shaken the sport’s establishment to the core.
The Redskins cheerleaders have promised to deliver an entirely novel form of motivational dance — a blend of traditional all-American cheerleading moves and Indian “Bollywood hip-hop” steps, to add razzmatazz to the IPL.
Donald Wells, the Redskins’ entertainment and cheerleading director, said: “This fusion of dance backgrounds has created a new amazing style. I am really looking forward to the reaction of India towards the Redskins cheerleaders. What we are doing is cutting edge and it’s great to see that we are going to start this squad off on the right foot.”