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When you picture cheerleaders, visions of high school, ponytails and movies like Bring It On probably come to mind.

However, in Japan, a dazzling cheerleading troupe called Japan Pom Pom is entirely made up of fabulous women who are all senior citizens.

Japan Pom Pom performing at the national cheerleading and dance championship of the United Spirit Association (USA) Japan in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo.

Japan Pom Pom performing at the national cheerleading and dance championship of the United Spirit Association (USA) Japan in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo.

Image: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

Fumie Takino, 84, founded Japan Pom Pom about 20 years ago. She told the AFP that cheerleading has helped her stay in shape and keep her mind sharp. “It blew my mind,” Takino said, about when she first discovered the sport. Read more…

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Senior citizen cheerleading team is slaying in Japan right now