As soon as you heard Kendrick Lamar you knew it was going to be hyped. And boy was Nia Dennis’ routine impressive. She stuck all the landings, but it was the dancing and the music for the culture that helped her go viral. Nia is an accomplished Gymnast so there is a lot more to come.
via: Yahoo News
The UCLA gymnastics team has done it again.
The Bruins not only opened their season in standard victorious fashion, they also are gaining national attention for one athlete’s magnificent floor routine.
Nia Dennis broke into headlines last season for her Beyonce floor routine and upped the ante in 2021 with a routine dedicated to Black culture.
The UCLA Gymnastics Twitter account sent it out with “This is what #blackexcellence looks like.”
And it really is.
THIS ROUTINE ?@DennisNia absolutely crushed it.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 24, 2021
Dennis, a senior, opened the performance with Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA.” The song examines Blackness and how it’s viewed by different groups of people. There’s also music by Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Megan Thee Stallion and Tupac Shakur’s “California Love.”
She also stepped as a tribute to her father, who was involved in Greek Life. The entire routine was about who Dennis is today, she told the Los Angeles Daily News.
“This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman,” Dennis said, “and of course I had to incorporate a lot of parts of my culture. I wanted to have a dance party because that’s my personality and of course I had to shout out LA because we out here, UCLA.”
Dennis, ranked 18th in the nation on floor at the end of 2020, first “broke the internet” last gymnastics season with her floor routine to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.”
After competing on the road, @DennisNia had an unforgettable "Homecoming" performance in Westwood last weekend. ??
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 27, 2020
It wasn’t just a hit on the internet. The routine earned her a score of 9.95, good enough for UCLA to win the day.