You need 16+
people (5 fliers and 11+ bases).
Start with a
ground up elevator in the middle. Practice this first without the
side fliers and without using the flier’s arms to get a push. The
back spot needs to give the flier and good toss by placing her
hands on the flier’s waist and tossing. After the toss make sure
you grab the flier’s thighs right away for stability.
For the side
fliers, start on the ground with your outside leg on the ground
and your inside leg placed on the hip of the middle flier. Connect
arms by having the outside girls on top and the middle girl’s
hands on the bottom. Practice this to the point where the pyramid
will be sturdy as it goes up. When the flier’s feel comfortable,
have the outside base place her hands under the flier’s outside
foot in an elevator grip. If the weight of the flier is
unbearable, outside base place your foot under the flier’s then
grab for the grip. This way you are using your foot to take on
the weight. Now the inside base can do any number of grips for
this pyramid. I am going to suggest that your hand facing the
crowd should go on the fliers shin while the hand away should be
placed under the flier’s foot if at all possible. Back spot will
either grab thigh and ankle then help, OR try to toss the flier
from the back the help by stabilizing the thigh and ankle as the
flier is lifted. Remember spots need to help lift at all times or
the pyramid will not go up smoothly.
Now as the
bottom level is ready, on count everyone dips and lifts together.
Fliers have to remain tight and squeeze through their arms and
legs, and they cannot bend through at the waist or the pyramid
will fall. Timing of the 3 different parts is essential as well.
Make sure you practice timing with one another time and again.
Try mixing your stronger bases throughout the pyramid to even it
out. Everyone needs to hit at the same time. To finish off the
pyramid, have 2 pod liberties hitch to the pockets of the outside
fliers. Hit your Hi-Vs for the finish.
NOTE: To add
variety have the hitches hitch to the pyramid from the side. Your
outside bases with then need to grab the feet with their outside