Get To Know Jasmine
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Tenure as a Cavalier Girl: 2nd Year
Favorites:Former Cavaliers Legends: Mr. Cavalier himself, Austin Carr
Quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" -Philippians 4:13
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose" -Romans 8:28
Movie: Pocahontas, can't go wrong with Disney
Cleveland Area Restaurant: Barrio
Article of Clothing: A big comfy sweatshirt for the cold Cleveland winters
Phone App: Snapchat
Movie Character: Coach Boone from Remember the Titans
TV Show: Law and Order: SVU
Charity: "I Have a Dream" Foundation
What is your junk food weakness? Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, everything!
Who is your celebrity crush? I have two! Ben Affleck, because I loved him in The Town and then of course Will Smith!
What is your dream date? Dinner and some kind of creative activity would be tons of fun, like painting or a pottery class! Anything other than the typical "dinner and movie" date.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB? My dream job would be anything that encompasses all of my passions- dance, performing, educating children, and traveling. Safe to say that I am living out my dream now! Oh, and dancing backup for Beyonce would be pretty cool too :)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Birds. I'm so afraid of birds that I actively avoid them while walking down the street.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Sadly, no.
WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE? Everyone I've come in contact with in my life thus far has inspired me in one way or another, but I would not be the woman I am today without my mother. She's my Superwoman and inspires me daily to chase after my dreams.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM VACATION DESTINATION? After getting the opportunity to travel abroad in Costa Rica, I've had the travel bug! I want to see the world and learn about different cultures.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK TWO FAMOUS PEOPLE TO BE YOUR PARENTS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Tie between Beyonce and Jay-Z or President Obama and First Lady!
LIST 5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU? Ambitious, Hard-working, Genuine, Loyal, and Fun-Loving
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WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I'm 23 years old but I love "old school" music, specifically classic soul and R&B. Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, I could go on forever! Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits Album is the only CD I play in my car.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES? I have many nicknames thanks to my family, friends, and teammates. Jazz, Jazzy, Jazzy Phizz, Jazzy Fresh, Jazzy Pooh, Jazzercise, Duffy, and Juicy J.
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Graduating with Honors from The Ohio State University and pursuing my dreams of dancing professionally.
A FAILURE YOU LEARNED FROM: The dance world is tough in that you audition, audition, audition for a variety of opportunities and more than likely you will get a "No" or "not right now." I've gotten many "no's" and from that I learned how to be patient and trust that whatever God has for my won't pass me by. However, being patient is easier said than done!
WHAT FAMOUS PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH? King George VI, I just think he's very inspirational and would love to hear his story.
What is your guilty pleasure? Binge watching Netflix on my days off!
What would be your super power? I would love the ability to read people's minds. I think it would be interesting to see why people act a certain way or do certain things.
What celebrity would play you in a movie about yourself: Beyonce, of course!
I am most proud of: The woman I am becoming.
What is your dancing background and experience? I have twenty years of dance experience. My mother started me when I was only 3 years old. I almost quit when I was younger because I wasn't a fan of early morning Saturday classes but thankfully she made me stick with it! I became more serious about dance when I started dancing competitively at nine years old. I competed with Jordan Center Dance until I graduated high school. I studied and received my degree in Dance from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State I was heavily involved in the Department of Dance, performing in many shows locally in Columbus and I even had the opportunity to travel and perform in Costa Rica. Not only was I a dance major at OSU, but I was also a member of the nationally ranked Ohio State Dance Team, where I had the opportunity to perform at every home football and basketball game cheering on the Buckeyes to a football National Championship! With the dance team, I had the opportunity to travel twice to Orlando, Florida to compete in UDA's National College Dance Team Competition where colleges from across the country also competed. After a weekend of competition The Ohio State Dance Team finished in the top three of both Pom and Jazz categories. I am so thrilled to be back in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio sharing my love of dance with Cavalier fans!
Why did you decide to audition for the Cavalier Girls? Dance is something that I've always been passionate about. Being on The Ohio State Dance Team, I realized that I enjoy performing in front of thousands of people while promoting team spirit and adding to the fan experience. What better place to do that than my hometown and for the best team in the NBA!
If you can say anything to Cavalier fans, what would you say? Thank you for being the BEST fans in the NBA! You remained loyal and that Championship was for you!
What advice would you give someone who dreams of becoming a Cavalier Girl? Walt Disney once said "if you can dream it, you can do it." I believe if you want it, go for it! Nothing is impossible and nothing is standing in your way! Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Work hard, be kind, and stay humble!
What do you like most about being a part of the Cavalier Girls? Being on the other side...I remember going to Cavalier games with my family when I was younger and thinking I would love to be a Cavalier Girl. It's amazing that I'm on the other side and young girls are looking at me and thinking the same thing. I love being a positive role model for them.
Most memorable Cavalier Girl moment so far? The watch party for Game 7 of the Finals! Being there and being apart of Cleveland history was amazing! It was about 30 seconds left in the game and I remember looking around at all the fans thinking we're about to be NBA champions! And then celebrating that win with 1.3 million Cavalier fans at the parade, words can't describe how awesome that was!
Hardest part about being a Cavalier Girl? It can become a lot keeping everything straight from practices, games, to appearance, and then trying to keep up with life outside of being a CG. But, a calendar comes in handy!