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The documentary series on the Navarro College cheerleading team returns to Netflix on Jan. 12.

Monica Aldama leads the Navarro College cheer team practice at Gibson Hall in Corsicana, Texas.
Monica Aldama leads the Navarro College cheer team practice at Gibson Hall in Corsicana, Texas. Credit... Cooper Neill for The New York Times

Published Dec. 30, 2021 Updated Jan. 12, 2022

CORSICANA, Texas — Monica Aldama grasped a mic like a pageant queen. The head coach of Navarro College Cheer, who is known for her role on the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was hyping up her squad with “mat talk” before bodies began soaring through the air.

“Don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what you want to push yourself to do today,” she told the team. “Actually do it.”