UCLA Gymnast Nia Dennis' Viral Floor Routine Was An Ode To Black Culture

Written by on January 25, 2021

UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis celebrated Black tradition in a flooring routine efficiency over the weekend that has the web doing flips.

The senior’s celebrated routine from Saturday’s competitors in Los Angeles kicked off with Kendrick Lamar’s music “Humble.” The remainder of her routine featured a mashup of music by a lot of Black artists, together with Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy and Tupac. 

Dennis’ electrical flooring train and dance, which earned her a rating of 9.950 out of a attainable 10, additionally included nods to California Black tradition and to traditionally Black Greek-lettered sororities and fraternities.

Her routine clinched UCLA’s win over Arizona State College (196.150 – 195.950). She additionally gained a vault occasion earlier in Saturday’s competitors. 

Dennis posted a clip of her flooring routine on Instagram on Monday.

“I needed to… for the tradition,” she wrote, including a shout-out to Black Greek-lettered organizations.

Clips of Dennis’ efficiency have drawn large reward on Twitter, together with an acknowledgment from Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles, who tweeted: “Do the rattling factor woman.”

“This was so enjoyable to observe! Maintain killing it!” Biles added. 

Saturday wasn’t the primary time Dennis’ gymnastic abilities garnered large reward. 

Final 12 months, her full of life flooring routine that includes a compilation of Beyoncé songs made rounds on the web, and even landed her an invite to “The Ellen DeGeneres Present.”


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