Didn’t get enough gymnastics during the Summer Olympics in Japan?
Alternatively, for those who appreciate the skill and athleticism of the sport, you can see Simone Biles and other Olympic gymnasts in action during the Gold Over America Tour on October 19 at the Nationwide Arena.
The tour includes 26 musical numbers, all incorporating gymnastics, dance, storytelling and lots of emotion.
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“There are parts of the show that are really heavy, emotionally,” said Valorie Kondos Field, the retired UCLA women’s gymnastics coach who choreographed the show and selected the gymnasts, speaking by phone from her home. home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“Simone is really going. Laurie Hernandez, who is not only a performer but also a host, categorically asks Simone to tell us about the “twisties” and how she felt at the Olympics, and her anxiety. There is a ton of tumbling and gymnastics, beautiful dancing, hard dancing. It’s raw and real and people leave after they’ve had an experience, ”Field said.
Among those chosen for the show, Nia Dennis, a native of Columbus, grew up in Columbus, moved to Chicago when she was in high school, then to UCLA for college. She gained public attention for floor routines celebrating black excellence and more recently for an extraordinary routine she performed on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City just before the opening of the Met Gala. .
“I got a phone call, and someone asked, what would you think of playing at the Met Gala, and I was like, what kind of a question is that? Do you even need to ask?” Dennis, 22, said, speaking by phone from Columbus, during a recent visit.
“I had to keep it a secret because no one had played before the gala started before. It was a little scary, but the second it was my go signal, I just turned it on and I was good to go.
At the show in Columbus, she said, “I’m going to do a lot of dancing, getting the crowd going. Very minimal gymnastics, because I am treating a small injury. But I love to play and dance, and doing it in my hometown is really exciting. I want to let my family see how far my dance has come. I was so stiff, I was like a robot!
Will also appear on the show Jordan Chiles, who won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics and will begin her studies at UCLA in the spring, where she will compete in gymnastics and prepare for the 2024 Olympics.
“I’m in almost every issue we do,” said Chiles, 20, speaking by phone from her home in Spring, Texas. “I love the way we move through the air. Not just the different types of movements we do, but how strong we are in mind and body. It’s like flying! It’s superhero status.
“We wanted the tour to be bigger than gymnastics. And I was looking for people who would be related to other people. Nia Dennis, we loved her floor routine which went viral. I knew Katelyn Ohashi was extremely proficient at speaking and shared the challenges of her life. She is a strong advocate of bullying and bodily shame. We hired Morgan Hurd, she is a wonderful activist for many causes. He’s that little, little, mighty person. And MyKayla Skinner (who replaced Biles when Biles retired from the jumping competition in Tokyo and won a silver medal): the energy she brings on stage and backstage has been invaluable, ”said said Field.
“For many, many years, gymnasts felt they had to fit in a box, in this cookie cutter. We just blew it out of the water. We wanted to feature people who were doing something special and bringing unique messages to the show, ”said Field.
“We wanted to show the world that you can achieve greatness at the highest level while being vulnerable, while being honest with yourself, while having a voice – and being cheerful.”
In one look
The Gold Over America Tour will take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 19 at Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Masks are mandatory. Tickets cost from $ 26.50 to $ 171.50. For more information, visit www.nationwidearena.com.