On the same weekend Beyoncé brought black culture to the epicenter of the Super Bowl and rocked 100 million viewers with an army of Black Panther backup dancers, Sophina DeJesus whipped and nae-nae’d her way through a bumpin’ 9.925 floor routine, bringing hip hop to gymnastics and the crowd to its feet.
The 21 year old UCLA senior loves to dance, telling the NY Times she wanted to end her senior year with a bang. The floor routine was the first of her final collegiate season. And it turns out, floor is not her best event. DeJesus was an all-American on bars.
While this is unlikely to be the sort of routine you’ll see anytime soon in international competitions (because time constraints + boring traditionalist judges), DeJesus says she plans to keep it up as long as she’s in gymnastics.
Please do! We’ll keep watching.