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2017 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships

Event: March 18 | Stanford, CA

2017 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships: Arizona's Kennady Schneider combines her love of music, dance on floor

Mar 17, 2017

Kennady Schneider has been one of Arizona gymnastics’ leaders this year, competing on floor exercise every meet this season. The junior out of Henderson, Nev., choreographs her own routines and picks her own music tracks, boosting her to a 9.875 RQS on the event in 2017.

Schneider combined her two loves of music and dance to help the GymCats earn the second seed in the first session at Pac-12 Championships.

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“I’ve been trained in dance since I was very young in conjunction with gymnastics,” Schneider explained. “Dance is a big part of my life. So this routine specifically, since I’m interested in hip-hop culture, I picked songs and tracks I thought best reflected that culture.”

After deciding on her music choices, she then begins to put all the elements together.

“To choreograph my routine I just started moving around to see what looks best on my body, and the whole routine is a reflection of my personality. I just really like 90s hip-hop culture and I really wanted to showcase that era.”

Along with the 90s staples of Blackstreet and De La Soul, Schneider adds in Queen Bey.

“I have Beyonce in my routine and actually, all of my routines have Beyonce,” Schneider laughed. “Honestly, it’s the most fun to dance to.”

Schneider's most satisfying moment of the 90-second routine, she said, is her last pass.

“I like my double tuck, because at the end of the routine when you’re tired and feel like you’re going to fall on your face and your legs and arms hurt, it’s really rewarding to stick that pass at the end.”