A Winston-Salem cheerleading squad had their dream come true. The WSSU Powerhouse Red and White got a chance to star in the music video for Ciara’s new song “JUMP.”
And they had all the Hollywood star treatment, too. The Powerhouse and their coaches all flew out to Los Angeles earlier this year to begin shooting the video. They saw the set get transformed, were whisked away to hair and make-up, and each cheerleader was assigned to her own crew member. One of the coaches, NeSheila Washington said the girls were treated like royalty. They had their make-up touched up and even given bottled water with straws.
And just how did the team land the opportunity? One of Ciara’s dancers saw the team on Instagram and sent a direct message to the cheerleading squad. Ciara’s dancers thought they would be a great fit for the song and contacted the team.
A Dream Come True
WGHP-TV caught up with the team. Dance Captain Destiny Martin said, “Seeing all the dancers that I’ve been watching on Instagram since middle school was incredible. It was also great to see that these professional dancers started exactly where we are and now have successful careers.”
And the Red Team Captain William Johnson said, “being there was very inspiring…This trip and the experience working with Ciara made me see that achieving my dream is really possible.”
Even though the team was excited to dance alongside Ciara, the Powerhouse kept academics their first priority. The week they went to LA, they had finals. One of the cheerleaders said they had to wake up at 5 a.m. to take the exam. They even did one of their finals in an Uber on the way to the beach.