By Anna Rose Johnson
After long deliberation, I have come up with my top 10 favorite floor routines of the past few quadrenniums. It was so hard to narrow down my favorites, and I didn’t even try to put them in order of how much I like them. Therefore, this list is in chronological order of when they were performed.
There are several reasons why certain floor routines end up as my favorites. The main factor for me is choreography. I generally like classical, ballet-inspired routines, but above all I love routines in which the choreography matches the music throughout and keeps a consistent style. In my opinion, an amazing floor routine combines smooth dancing with well-timed tumbling passes. Each element should flow one after another in order to produce a true performance. Additionally, every move should be right on time to the music to create a perfect harmony.
Music is another important aspect of a performance, which is why floor routines are so subjective—someone’s favorite music could be another person’s least favorite. As you can see, I like the song “Dark Eyes” a lot, which is partly why Nastia Liukin and Rebecca Bross’ routines are in here.
The following list is my top ten favorite floor routines:
1. Nastia Liukin’s performance to “Dark Eyes” (2006-8)
2. Jiang Yuyuan’s performance to “Lift Your Veil” (2008-10)
3. Ana Porgras’ performance to “The Second Waltz” (2009-10)
4. Mattie Larson’s performance to “Apasionada” (2009-10)
5. Aliya Mustafina’s performance to “Hijo de la Luna” (2009-10)
6. Diana Chelaru’s performance to “Hungarian Rhapsody” (2009-10)
7. Rebecca Bross’ performance to “Dark Eyes” (2010)
8. Jordyn Wieber’s performance to “Wild Dances” (2011-12)
9. Victoria Moors’ performance to “Cry Me a River” (2013)
10. Larisa Iordache’s performance to “Jaiya Ho” (2013-14)
What are some of your favorite floor routines? Leave a comment below!