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Cheer Perfection

Cheerleading show features lots of negative mama drama.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mixed messages about how parents can best support kids' athletic goals. Shows some parents and coaches berating kids or expecting them to perform despite injury. Parents exhibit catty and competitive behavior that sends the message that cheerleading and other sports are all about competition and not necessarily about fun and skill building.

Positive role models

Alisha Dunlap is demanding and expects the girls to strive to do their best. Some of the mothers live through their children, demand perfection in order to win, and/or place pressure on their girls to perform better because of the money they have invested in the sport. Some mothers argue with each other and attempt to undermine others.


The show features endless catty arguments between the moms. The cheerleaders are often shown falling hard onto mats. Some girls are pressured by their parents to practice despite serious injuries or being in pain.


The girls sometimes perform dance moves that include chest pumps and swaying their bottoms, but these are not overtly sexual. As is typical in cheerleading, uniforms are short, tight, and sometimes reveal the girls' belly buttons.


Words like "pissed" are occasionally audible.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Cheer Time Revolution gym and its coaches.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and cocktails are visible during adult social events.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cheer Perfection follows in the footsteps of Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms by focusing on the extremes coaches and parents will go to while training kids to excel at performing. Kids may be drawn to the cheerleading, but the moms' endless catty behavior sends a pretty negative message about women's relationships with each other and the nature of competition. There's some occasional strong language, some arguing, and drinking at adult social gatherings. Cheerleaders are often shown falling down hard or complaining of injury and being encouraged to keep going.

What's the story?

From the creators of Toddlers & Tiaras comes CHEER PERFECTION, a reality series that showcases a competitive all-star cheerleading gym and the squads training to win. It stars professional cheer coach Alisha Dunlap, who, along with her husband Rd, co-owns and runs Cheer Time Revolution (CTR) in Sherwood, Arkansas. While the girls work to please the unapologetically demanding duo, some of the girls' moms engage in their own behind-the-scenes competition, from squabbling with each other over their children's talents in the gym, to negotiating their daughters' placement on the various -- and more elite -- squads. But Alisha tries to stay out of the drama, while making sure that the girls on her squads do nothing less than their best.

Is it any good?


Cheer Perfection offers a look at the world of competitive cheerleading, which requires talent, hard work, tough coaching, and a strong spirit to be successful. But the show's real drama comes from the endless cat fighting between the cheerleaders' mothers, many of who proudly admit to living through their daughters, and who place lots of pressure on them to be perfect and to win -- sometimes even when they are injured. Some of the gossipy women appear committed to sabotaging one another to improve their and their daughters' status in the gym.

Regardless of whether the mothers' overall behavior is being created and/or magnified for reality entertainment's sake, it ultimately sends mixed messages about encouraging kids to do their best vs. pushing kids too hard to succeed. Scenes showing some of Dunlap's coaching tactics, which sometimes appear more critical than constructive when taken out of context, also adds to this. Young cheerleading fans might be drawn to it, but this is best left for older viewers who can understand the manufactured element of this mama drama.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the mothers behave on this show. Do you think the tension between the moms is real? Could there be a way of making this show interesting and dramatic without these conflicts? Why are there so many shows about women fighting with each other?

  • Parents: How can you encourage your kids to do their best without pushing your kids too far? Is the way the coaches on this show go about communicating always constructive? Do they go too far?

TV details

Premiere date:December 19, 2012
Cast:Alisha Dunlap, Rd Dunlap
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Arts and dance
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old April 7, 2013

I love Cheer Perfection

I love this show! I'm ten and its not a scary show. It is my dream to be on Cheer Perfection as cheerleader! I think that kids as young as eight or nine can watch it because we mostly focus on the flips, stunts, and cheering and costumes.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old January 2, 2013

mekijah's language

that u should not talk about other people and give your best evord into people
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 14 and 17 year old Written byHaley Wright March 29, 2015
I think its almost like dance moms so yes its very competitive but what sport isn't competitive? There is some cussing from the mothers which just isn't right, and they gossip a lot but its just adding more drama to the show.