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Last February, UCLA’s Nia Dennis went viral for a flawless, swaggering floor routine set to a Beyoncé medley. So how do you follow that? By adding Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, and Tupac, apparently.

Dennis helped take her team to a win over Arizona State on Saturday with this joyous, confident celebration of Black excellence, opening with Kendrick’s defiant “DNA” and (ahem) rounded off with “California Love” — which obviously went down a treat with the hometown crowd. 

“This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman,” Dennis told the Los Angeles Daily News, “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.”

Missy Elliott, as well as fellow internet-beloved star gymnasts Simone Biles and Katelyn Ohashi, shouted out Dennis’ star power on Twitter. 

And that was just the season opener. With more to come — not to mention the pandemic-delayed “2020” Tokyo Olympics, where Biles will compete — it’s already shaping up as a great year for watching these incredible athletes defy gravity.

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