Why You Should Be Excited for Nastia's Floor Routine

4:53 PM Arabian Punch Front 3 Comments

With the Nastia Liukin Cup coming up tomorrow, I figured we should take a little time to talk about 2008 Olympic All Around Champion Nastia.

Nastia announced her comeback during the 2011 World Championships, and shortly after, we saw a few tweets from Nastia to a certain @travISova. Travis Wall was on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance. He was one of the top 2 male dancers of that season but did not garner enough votes to win the title. Here is Travis’ audition for the show: here. He does a few back handsprings here too!

From that clip but you can clearly see the technique and passion that goes with his dancing. Another clip of him dancing on the show, my sister’s favorite, can be found here. That dance was choreographed by Mia Michaels and won an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography.

That was during Travis’ season back in 2006. Now, Wall does an amazing job choreographing dances that can relate to people from all walks of life. He finds a way to take a familiar story and turns it into something beautiful. He also has a way of showing off the dancer's lines and her ability. I can only imagine what he’s made for Nastia.

All 3 of the videos linked to were nominated for Best Choreography at the 2011 Emmy Awards. While watching these, keep in mind that these pieces were made for duos but you can still take a few segments that could go nicely in a floor routine between the required leaps and tumbles.

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1. How It Ends – Neil and Kent

2. Collide – Kent and Lauren

3. This one is my favorite. Starts at 0:52. Fix You – Robert and Allison.

Travis Wall's choreography is pure gold and I can't wait to see what he's put together for Nastia. Maybe a few of those sequences can go in a beam routine too!

sources: @NastiaLiukin


  1. This is her floor routine! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9-J8RUsOhk

    She did it at this show and she has been training it in the gym!

    1. Oh, thanks for that! Are you sure this is it though? The video was posted in January 2011 and all these Nastia-Travis tweets didn't happen until October 2011. Also, a lot of the moves seemed to be the same as her '08 routine so I'm not entirely sure that this is it.

  2. No, that's the routine she was going to do in 2009. She just does that one "publicly" so's to keep the read one under wraps. We just all have to wait! And hopefully we can see it soon...