TODAY | January 04, 2014
>> love, love these ladies.
>>> the sun city --
>> the what?
>> the sun city palms put on quite a show and i dare you not to fall in love with this amazing and acrobatic group of ladies.
>> reporter: with their gold pompoms and fancy footwork the sun city palms look like your average cheerleading squad full of enthusiasm but one difference. they are aging.
>> lois, 77. ginger, 80!
>> reporter: that's right. every cheerleader on this team is a senior citizen .
>> this is the funnest thing i've ever done.
>> reporter: so most of the palms never danced or cheered until they retired, moved to sun city , arizona, and joined the squad. their loved ones? more than just a little skeptical at first. among them? tad webber's husband.
>> i came home and i was all excited. i said, i'm going to join the sun city palms . and he said, " over my dead body ." and then shortly after that, he passed away. and he said, " over my dead body ," so i came and joined the palms .
>> did you do that on purpose?
>> reporter: so the only requirement to join, you got to be older than 55. it also helps to be flexible. as well as comfortable performing in front of big crowds in a sequinned body suit .
>> we have a secret weapon to looking good and that is the pantyhose.
>> you suck it in!
>> reporter: the palms have been dancing up a storm since 1979 . they perform up to 50 shows a year from parades to pep rallies .
>> it just gives me some confidence and it makes me feel young .
>> reporter: even after they have exited the stage, the palms are never quite finished performing.
>> five, six, seven, eight.
>> reporter: they are constantly learning in your choreography during practices three times a week.
>> get back in our doance positions real quick!
>> reporter: you better know the routine and you better know how to smile.
>> i don't care if you're choking from thirst. you need to smile.
>> reporter: being a palm is a physical and mental workout.
>> being in the palms , i think you really have to push yourself. you to get out of your comfort zone and do something you don't think you ever could do.
>> reporter: so what advice to these active ladies have for other retirees?
>> get off your fanny!
>> many of these women had busy careers before they came cheerleaders. the team includes a former electrical engineer, a business owner and several teachers who are now doing this over their friends, late husband's bodies.
>> get off your fanny!
>> how good did they look?
>> they were really good.
>> they said maybe the pantyhose.
>> maybe we need different pantyhose.
>> maybe we don't.
>> one cheerleader at this table or you used to be a cheerleader.
>> in middle school .
>> i wasn't a cheerleader.
>> what was that comment?
>> i feel like you're playing on the field, not the cheerleader.
>> i'm cheering you on. i'm cheering you on.
>> wait a minute. give us a cheer before we go.
>> something. anything.
>> how about the one we did together earlier, jenna?