My Top 10 Favorite Floor Routines

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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!

4 Comments

  1. Bruno Rozzi says:

    I like the other 3 routines because of the Music:

    Anna Pavlova’s performance to “Exodus” (2008)

    Esther Moya’s performance to “Mambo No. 5″ (2000)

    And as a good Brazilian…
    … Daiane dos Santos performance to “Brasileirinho” (2004-08) !!!!!!!!

  2. Keepinitreal2014 says:

    I ❤️all of the following floor exercises. I put them in year order and D. Dawes floor in 1992 is my all time favorite. I just get amazed to see that little girl fly the way she does.
    (01) D. Dawes (USA) 92-93
    (02) L. Podkopayeva (UKR) 95-96
    (03) C. Ponor (ROM) 03-04
    (04) N. Liukin (USA) 03-04
    (05) S. izbasa (ROM) 07-08
    (06) K. Afanasyeva (RUS) 10-11
    (07) J. Wieber (USA) 11-12
    (08) V. Komova (RUS) 11-12
    (09) A. Mustafina (RUS) 11-12
    (10) S. Biles (USA) 12-13

    I ❤️ A. Raisman’s (USA) 11-12 opening pass.

  3. Keepinitreal2014 says:

    I ❤️all of the following floor exercises. I put them in year order and D. Dawes floor in 1992 is my all time favorite. I just get amazed to see that little girl fly the way she does.
    (01) D. Dawes (USA) 92-93
    (02) L. Podkopayeva (UKR) 95-96
    (03) C. Ponor (ROM) 03-04
    (04) N. Liukin (USA) 07-08 (corrected)
    (05) S. izbasa (ROM) 07-08
    (06) K. Afanasyeva (RUS) 10-11
    (07) J. Wieber (USA) 11-12
    (08) V. Komova (RUS) 11-12
    (09) A. Mustafina (RUS) 11-12
    (10) S. Biles (USA) 12-13

    I ❤️ A. Raisman’s (USA) 11-12 opening pass.

  4. Juliet says:

    I’m a bit baffled at some of these choices, particularly Nastia’s. Now, unlike some people who criticize her, I’m not a fanatic hater. She was an outstanding gymnast. However, despite all the praise of her artistry, her dance is really pose after pose after pose. Nothing fluent or interesting in that. Of course, this is based on personal preference, but it doesn’t seem to fit your criteria. I agree that everything should flow together to create a complete routine.

    As for me, I want a holistic floor routine. Something where the music and dance, and the gymnast performing are suitable to each other, but more than that, show complete engagement with each other through expressive and interesting choreography that uses the space well and is much more than just pretty movement. In other words everything must connect with each other and not rely on something like toe point and extension to pass for artistry. Another really important factor is showmanship, something many gymnasts lack. They must be engaged with energy of the music and dance, as well as the audience, and not just simply moving through a choreographed routine in a perfunctory way. They must truly perform as if it is spontaneous and from the heart.

    So some of my favorites of the past several quadrants are Ksenia Semenova’s 2009-2010 routine, Jordyn’s Wild Dances, Ana Porgras’s sprightly 2009-2010 routine, Afanaseyva’s 2012 Ironside routine, Aliya’s 2012 Final Hour, Larisa Iordache’s Jaiya Ho, Simone Biles’ Get Up, Victoria Moors 2013 routine (both Worlds and pre-Worlds), Laurie Hernandez’s 2013 Grandstand (if we are allowed to put juniors) and maybe Mai Murakami’s 2013 FX or Nedelcu’s recent Euros routine. It’s hard to pick out just ten.

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