UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis went viral in 2020 for her Beyoncé and Homecoming ground routine — so viral that she ended up on The Ellen DeGeneres Present. Now, the senior is again with a brand new routine for the 2021 season, and her efficiency on the Bruins’ first competitors (and win!) of the 12 months towards the Arizona State Solar Devils on Jan. 23 didn’t disappoint. It wowed with an enormous 9.95 (sure, that’s in reality .05 away from an ideal rating!).
Within the video above, you will see Dennis open up with a high-flying double backflip set to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” You may additionally see her signature crown pose in addition to some TikTok-inspired strikes earlier than her second tumbling go. She really appears like she’s having the time of her life on the market. Former UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Discipline, or “Miss Val,” used to all the time check with ground as a “floor party,” and we predict Dennis made her proud no doubt!
Dennis mentioned in a press convention after the competitors that her routine represents her character, which is why she selected to have a “dance celebration,” as she described it, whereas additionally incorporating her tradition as a Black girl. She’s seen stepping in a single nook of the ground; this, she famous, is a tribute to her father, who was a part of Greek life in school. “He was in fraternities, and stepping is really big,” she mentioned.
Dennis’s choreography additionally included her elevating her fist for the Black Energy salute. She shared an image of this pose on her Instagram Tales, writing “BLM” for the Black Lives Matter motion.
Previous to the competitors, UCLA and Arizona State kneeled across the ground in what the Bruins referred to as a “circle of unity” to indicate their help for antiracism and social-justice efforts. “There may be nonetheless work to be accomplished,” the staff mentioned in a press release, “and we’ll proceed to take a stand and converse up for equality and for change.”