‘It feels more accepted’ – pair who broke the gender barrier into cheerleading world are both professional dancers.
Men will be making history during at the Super Bowl this weekend, but not just on the gridiron.Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies of the Los Angeles Rams are set to be the first male cheerleaders to perform at a Super Bowl. The duo broke the gender barrier when they joined the team in March, becoming the first male cheerleaders in the NFL in recent memory (or, at the least, the first since 1987).Male cheerleaders have had a presence in high school and college stunt-heavy cheerleading teams for years, but they’ve been largely absent from the cheerleading squads of pro teams. The Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have men as stunt performers on their cheer teams. But Peron and Jinnies, both professional dancers, are notably on the Rams’ team to dance.
When Peron and Jinnies successfully landed spots on the team, Keely Fimbres, the Rams’ director of cheerleading, notified her bosses that she hired male cheerleaders.“I wanted to make sure everyone was aware that we have two extremely talented men who are phenomenal dancers, and I felt there was no reason to hesitate,” Fimbres told the L.A. Times.