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Gymnast Known for ‘Whip Nae Nae’ Routine Performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Watch her flip. Watch her Nae Nae

UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus, 21, performed an encore of the floor routine that went viral on social media on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. Her Feb. 6 routine, in a competition against Utah, garnered attention for her dance moves and because she incorporated aspects of the dance in rapper Silentó’s music video “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and “the dab,” (moves made famous by athletes like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton).

DeJesus told Ellen that she worked with her sister, a fellow dancer, to put together the routine so she could close our her senior year with a “bang.” And looks like she did just that, since footage of her moves, which helped UCLA beat its rival by 0.025 of a point, has been viewed nearly over 40 million times on Facebook and YouTube.

During a commercial break, actor Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a regular on Ellen’s program, tried his best to copy the viral floor routine with DeJesus and her UCLA gymnastics teammates.

 

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