This past weekend UCLA Gymnastics opened their season with a major win against Arizona State thanks to an impressive performance by Nia Dennis dedicated to Black Excellence.
Gymnast Nia Dennis helped her team to victory over the weekend with an explosive 9.95 out of 10 routine. It’s not the first time that the Ohio native wowed judges and sporting world. Last year, Dennis earned a score of 9.975 out of 10 with a routine to Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”. As a result, her team at UCLA finished third in a competition in Westwood, Texas.
Although Nia Dennis is majoring in sociology with hopes of becoming a physical therapist, her gymnastics career looks bright. Opening her routine to Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA”, Nia goes on to see her elegantly flipping and dancing boldly to the sound of Hip Hop music. Nia picked songs by Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy and Megan Thee Stallion. Finally, Nia closes out her spectacular performance with a split jump to the sound of Tupac’s classic “California Love”.
Nia Dennis Showing Love To The Culture
Despite no spectators allowed to watch, her teammates encouraged the 21-year-old by dancing along and applauding. Speaking to Los Angeles Daily News, Nia Dennis spoke about how the routine was all about exploring her identity. “This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman,” she 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.”
The video of Nia Dennis “Black Excellence” performance has gone viral and received responses from across the world. America’s most celebrated gymnast and four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles took to Twitter to send her approval. She tweeted: “Okay @DennisNia do the damn thing girl this was so fun to watch! Keep killing it!”