Met Gala 2021: Watch gymnast Nia Dennis, marching band make grand entrance

NEW YORK — Move over, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian: A new face has fans flipping over her grand Met Gala entrance.

According to The Associated Press and Vogue, former UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis, whose Black culture-inspired floor exercises have been going viral since 2020, kicked off the festivities Monday at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art with a red carpet tumbling routine as the Brooklyn United Marching Band played “Uptown Funk” and other songs.

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“This is how we have fun. This is how we perform,” Dennis told Vogue of the routine, directed by Raja Feather Kelly and Rachel Chavkin. “This is how we get crazy. This is Black entertainment.”

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The 22-year-old, clad in a blue bodysuit by Adidas by Stella McCartney, wasn’t the only gymnast at the gala. Seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles, 24, wore an 88-pound gown by Area and Athleta to the event, according to the AP. Meanwhile, Biles’ teammate Sunisa Lee, who won the individual all-around in Tokyo, lit up the red carpet in a shimmery gold top and long skirt.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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