Meet The BlazerDancers: Jasmine
By sarahhecht Posted in: blazerdancers
Welcome rookie BlazerDancer Jasmine!
A classically trained ballerina, Jasmine started her dancing career at the young age of three. “My mom started me in it because I couldn’t sit still. I did ballet and I would go twice or three times a week,” she said. “I was the worst, I would be running around, I have film of me and I’m on the wrong foot, my back is turned toward the audience, I was awful.”
The self-proclaimed “awful” performances didn’t last for long. By fifth grade Jasmine was ready to get serious and was dancing five days each week. She spent her summers at Dance Canada attending workshops and by the time high school rolled around she was attending school half-time and dancing everyday.
Her dedication earned her a spot at the coveted Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the best ballet school in the country. After three grueling years she graduated and headed back to Portland.
While attending a Trail Blazers game last season she got a glimpse of the BlazerDancers and on a whim decided to audition. That choice proved to be a good one and she made the team her first try. “I didn’t know what to expect, it’s totally different than anything I’m used to,” Jasmine said. “The whole dance style, because I haven’t had a lot of other styles other than ballet so it was kind of hard but it was so much fun.”
Dancing has taken Jasmine across the world but her favorite moment is one that’s similar to why she keeps dancing. At an international ballet competition in Toronto, she was a finalist out of over 100 dancers and was afforded the opportunity to dance in the biggest theater in Toronto. “The moment I stepped out you can’t see any of the audience, it’s all black, but you can feel their energy and presence,” she said. “It was the biggest theater I’ve ever danced in. It was a shining moment for me, I really enjoyed it. You almost feel magical.
“You can just get lost in a performance and you can feed off an audience’s energy. I went through a lot of hard times when I was younger, but when you’re performing and dancing you almost forget about everything and you get to express yourself and whatever you’re going through.”
Now she’ll bring her talents and training to entertain the Rip City faithful and to represent the Trail Blazers throughout the area.
“As much as I’m excited to dance in the Rose Garden, we have the best arena for sure as far as fans and attendance, I’m even more excited to get out into the community, all the stuff that the BlazerDancers do on behalf of the Trail Blazers organization,” she said. “I haven’t really been in Portland in my adult life because I was in Indiana, so I’m excited to get out into the community.”