Watch Viral Gymnast Do Performance at the Met Gala

  • UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis did flips and splits at the Met Gala. 
  • Dennis brought a marching band to help with her fun routine right on the steps. 
  • She has previously gone viral for her floor routines to music by Beyoncé and Missy Elliott. 

The Met Gala is back with a bang — or should we say with some flips and twists. 

UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis kicked off fashion’s biggest night by turning the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art into her own personal floor mat. 

Dennis — who has gone viral multiple times for her fun and fierce floor routines — brought her own marching band to the museum so she could perform for the cameras. 

As the band performed Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Dennis did her best flips and splits to the cheers of fellow guests and photographers. 

Dennis sported an electric-blue Stella McCartney unitard so she could perform her best moves. 

Nia Dennis Met Gala 2021

Gymnast Nia Dennis attends the 2021 Met Gala celebrating “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion” at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

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The UCLA gymnast first went viral in 2020 when she performed a Beyoncé-themed routine during a meet. 

Dennis found herself in the headlines again in January when she performed her “Black Excellence” floor routine to a mash-up of music by Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, and Kendrick Lamar. 

“Black gymnasts are kind of rare in the sport of gymnastics,” Dennis told NBC at the time. “And Black culture is not really recognized or known in the sport of gymnastics, so it was really important to me to bring that into the light of gymnastics — to raise awareness of Black culture.”


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