Choreography a la Nancy Roach

All the talk about Chellsie Memmel getting a (new) new floor routine has made me think of Nancy Roach, the woman responsible for many of the most well-choreographed women’s floor exercises of the past 15 years.

Roach had a great ability to take a gymnast who wasn’t necessarily a ballerina and fit her out with an athletic and artistic routine that showcased the best of her abilities — and the sport.

Perhaps the best example can be found in the classy, elegant routine Vanessa Atler performed in 1998 and 1999.

Vanessa Atler, 1998 U.S. Championships Prelims, Floor Exercise:

Gymnstands provides a great list of former international elites (from the USA and other countries) and who choreographed their floor routines. (Cool fact: Ukranian Alina Kozich’s 2003 and 2004 routines were choreographed by none other than 1985 World co-champion Oksana Omelianchik, who performed one of the best choreographed floor routines of all time herself.)

Roach has also worked her magic on Brittany Koncak, Lindsay Wing, and according to the Camp Flips USA website, Shannon Miller.

Brittany Koncak, 2003 U.S. Classic, Floor Exercise:

Liz Tricase told International Gymnast Magazine back in a 2002 interview that Roach also did her beam choreography.

Liz Tricase, 2004 Olympic Trials Day One, Balance Beam:

Tricase debuted her custom-made Roach floor routine in 2003. It was to a medley of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago and complimented her jazzy personality wonderfully.

Liz Tricase, 2003 U.S. Championships Prelims, Floor Exercise:

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2 Responses to “Choreography a la Nancy Roach”

  1. Nancy Says:

    I agree. Nancy Roach is one of the best. Is she still choreographing?

  2. Nancy Roach « Shergymrag Says:

    […] and she thinks it’s a great job.  You don’t say.  Nancy has done a lot of really good choreography for the US team and came this close to getting Mary Beth Arnold onto the 1996 Olympic […]

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