LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis brought some Black Girl Magic to her floor routine on Sunday (January 24). Dennis channeled Black excellence when incorporating tunes from 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, Missy Elliott, N.W.A, Beyoncé, and Soulja Boy into her routine.
Pac’s “California Love” was a fitting choice being in the City of Angels along with stepping to K. Dot’s “DNA,” which reportedly paid homage to her father who stepped in college.
“This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman and of course I had to incorporate a lot of parts of my culture,” Dennis told The Los Angeles Daily News.
Missy got wind of the routine and was blown away by what she saw.
“Snappin,” she wrote with a fire emoji.
Dennis’ gymnastic acrobats earned her a near-perfect score of 9.95 out of 10. The Ohio native’s athletic routine played a major role in UCLA’s defeat of Arizona State on Sunday (January 25). Her smooth moves then went viral on social media as well, with UCLA’s tweet earning over 45,000 likes.
“thank you thank you thank you,” the 21-year-old wrote in response to all of the praise.