If you don’t know Sophina DeJesus, you will soon.
The U.C.L.A senior shook up social media with a dazzling gymnastics floor routine over the weekend. Those in attendance saw Sophina Whip, Nae-Nae, Dab, and Hit the Quan. Apparently, the judges loved it; they gave DeJesus a near-perfect score, which sealed a team victory, according to a Fox 59 News report.
Arguably, watching the girls’ perform their dance moves is the highlight of any gymnastics competition. Typically, they tumble, prance the floor, and gyrate to sedate music: ballads from Luciano Pavarotti or sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Instead, Sophina got her groove on with a smoking-hot hip-hop routine that raised the bar — and some eyebrows, but in a right way.
The whole thing was electric for sure, thanks to the whooping and wailing by U.C.L.A. fans and teammates. Sophina worked it with a mix of tumbles, and she demonstrated her ability to take flight; at one point, she soared to a mean height. However, the highlight of the show was DeJesus’ funky, fresh moves.
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Sophina gave much of the credit to her sister, who helped her with the choreography.
“My sister Savannah is an awesome dancer. She helped me with the choreo and made it more fun. I love dancing. I wanted to end my senior year with a bang.”
Most of the time, judges prefer traditional dance. However, they gave Sophina DeJesus a near-perfect score of 9.925. It was enough to give her team the win, albeit by the tiniest of margins (.025 points).
Will we see girls dropping it like it’s hot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?