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We’re ‘Un Poco Loco’ Over This Mexican Gymnast’s ‘Coco’ Floor Routine And Charro-Inspired Outfit

“Ay mi amor, ay mi amor” — you need to take a look at the energetic performance Ana Lago Serna performed at The Superstars of Gymnastics competition in London. The Mexican gymnast put her culture front and center as she took to the floor while wearing a charro-inspired leotard and even had a sombrero with her (not during the routine, of course). Check out Lago’s floor routine below.

Ana Lago Serna took her Mexican culture and a little bit of “Coco” to London and it is everything.

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Before the first strums of the film’s lively “Un Poco Loco” song, the TV broadcaster says Lago “brought a bit of her Mexican tradition to her performance, her personality shining through.”

Her charro outfit is one of the most magical moments to happen on a gymnastics mat and we are all here for it. Not to mention the way she color-coordinated her sombrero and her leotard. Talk about owning your heritage and being unapologetically yourself no matter what.

Her personality and cultura Mexicana took center stage and she delivered a fun routine as the audience clapped along.


Lago danced and tumbled around the mat and everyone was clearly feeling her vibe. She seems so happy and way into this routine. Honestly, everyone would be ecstatic to share their culture is such a fun and athletic way.

Even the announcer at the stadium was totally into it—you can hear him yell “Vamos” to the crowd while he narrates her performance. You know that you are delivering one amazing routine when the commentators get really into it.

Fans watching online were also taken by Lago’s performance and charro outfit.

Lago looks so comfortable on that floor that it is so easy to get carried way with her performance. Her own excitement about what she does is palpable through the screen. Also, the song really makes the routine pop with culture and sabor.

And that leotard is what everyone is talking about.

Does that leotard come in our size? Asking for a friend. By friend I mean me. I don’t want to start gymnastics or anything. I just want something to wear during the Olympics while I cheer on Mexico without having to buy a full charro outfit. Those are expensive, heavy, and so hot that it is not worth it.

Some of Lago’s faithful fans even made art inspired by her “Coco” outfit.

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The gymnast is not completely new to the spotlight. She has been a champion at both the Panamerican and the Central American games, and has been a member of the Mexican national team for the past 10 years.

Her artistry in gymnastics earned Mexico’s first gold in the category. That’s what you call a national treasure, and after this performance, a Mexican cultural treasure.

Honestly, we are most excited to see Mexican culture making such a splash in London.

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Apart from her gymnastics triumphs, Lago has also competed as a celebrity athlete on the TV Azteca show, Exatlón Mexico, and Instagram has over 700,000 fans and her official Facebook page boasts over 300,000 followers.

Here’s hoping we keep seeing Lago’s creativity flow through her gymnastic routines for several more years.

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UCLA Gymnast Does Beyonce Floor Routine Has World Crazy In Love

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UCLA Gymnast Does Beyonce Floor Routine Has World Crazy In Love

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A gymnast’s recent floor routine will make you lose your ahe ahe breath.

Nia Dennis, a gymnast from University of California Los Angeles stole the show last weekend when she performed to Beyoncé’s best hits.

The Beyoncé fan took on songs like “Crazy In Love” and “Ego” during her routine.

During her routine, the college junior mashed up several of Beyoncé’s beloved classics including “Lose My Breath” and “Crazy in Love.” She nailed and hit every spin and flip she set out to do with the confidence of Queen Bey and the perfection of an actual queen. Dennis finished the routine by pantomiming a crown on her head.

In the end, Dennis scored a 9.975 for her routine– which is close to a perfect score.

Naturally, Bey fans were thrilled over the gymnast’s routine and her routine has quickly gone viral.

Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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This weekend is sure to be a special time at the Hollywood Bowl as Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be screening a live-to-film concert experience like no other. Stars like Miguel, Eva Longoria, and Benjamin Bratt made appearances at both screenings and the iconic film was accompanied by a full, live orchestra.

However, there was one other star making her presence felt this weekend. While she might not be taking the stage or even be known to some, she is a legend in the world of Día De Los Muertos. Meet Ofelia Esparza, who for the last 40 years she has been behind hundreds of ofrendas, or alters, honoring loved ones who have past.

Her work has been featured in some of most famous museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, internationally at the first Day of the Dead exhibit in Glasgow, Scotland. Just last week, Esparza and her daughter, Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, had an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

This weekend, Esparza and Ahrens showcased a three-level ofrenda right outside of the Hollywood Bowl venue. The ofrenda greeted guests attending the showings of “Coco.”

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Esparza, 86, who was born and still lives in East L.A, has devoted most of her life to creating alters. She learned many of her craft skills from her mother in Mexico and in return has passed on these traditions to her nine children. For Esparza, alter making is more than just a form of expression but an obligation that has made its way through multiple generations to honor loved ones who are now gone.

While Esparza has never met her great-great-grandmother, she knows of her through years of alter-making. Without this craft being passed down through multiple generations, she says she might have never known much about her and credits this tradition for intimately connecting her.

“My mother passed this on to me at a very young age and it always stuck with me that I have to carry on these traditions because if we don’t then who will,” Esparza said.

Using an array of photos, candles and vibrant carnations, Esparza’s alters stand out for their use of giant multilevel structures. The alters range from personal, political and even spiritual. Her work has garnered her many awards including just last year when she was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a 2018 National Heritage Fellow.

“I’m touched that people look at my work and want to learn more about this. It goes beyond just Día De Los Muertos but celebrating and honoring those who have past,” Esparza said. “To me that’s the biggest honor, being able to teach people about what alter making is really about.”

Esparza has followed through with many of the traditions her mother taught her at a young age and continues to pass this on. In her 40s, she became a school teacher where she included Mexican culture into her curriculum, including Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. This has included speaking at schools, museums, community centers, prisons, and parks throughout LA county and across the country.

Her expertise and passion for alters led Esparza to be a cultural consultant for “Coco.” Many of the scenes, including the famous flower bridge, were ideas that came from her.

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Esparza was approached by Disney and Pixar to be a cultural consultant for the Oscar-winning film. She says that many details and scenes seen throughout the movie came from some of her feedback including the famous marigold bridge scene where ancestors cross over into the land of the living on the Day of the Dead.

“I gave them a lot of feedback on certain things including what the bridge that connects the two worlds of the living and the dead represents,” Esparza said. “It was incredible to see that come to life and for people to resonate with that message of crossing over into two worlds.”

When asked about the popularity of the film and what it means for new generations to learn about Día de Los Muertos, she says it makes her happy and only asks of one thing.

“I want people to know that Día de Los Muertos is more than just putting on some skull paint but a true honoring of those who are no longer with us.”

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