2011-12 Orlando Magic Dancer Profiles: Jazmin
Nickname: Jaz, Jazzy, Jazzy Jeff, Jazz-man, Yazmeen
Year on Team: 2nd year veteran
Birthday and Age: November 9, 1988 - 23 years old
Birthplace/Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico / Orlando, Florida
Nationality: Half German / Half Dominican
Do you speak any foreign languages: Spanish and German
High School: Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida
College: University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida
Class, Year, Major and Degree: Graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus in Health Sciences and Psychology, and a minor in Dance.
Current Occupation: Dance Instructor/ Choreographer
Professional Dance Experience: Walt Disney World entertainment department
Stylist: Demarco, Stella Luca Salon
Hobbies: Writing, dissecting poems and song lyrics, volunteering, and cooking
Community Causes I Support: Give Kids the World and Orlando Magic Youth Foundation
Suprising fact about me: I used to be very shy, but I blossomed into a social butterfly. I can also be pretty silly once you get to know me.
Superstitions or Rituals: I like even numbers, so I try to keep everything in pairs.
Achievement I'm most proud of: Dancing at the National Catholic Youth Conference in front of 30,000 attendees, being shown on the Vegas episode for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance, and making the Orlando Magic Dance Team!
Other Talents: Choreographing, Acting, Modeling, and Singing
If I wasn't a Dancer: I’d be a Couples/Family Therapist
Favorite Food: Pizza and anything with cheese or chocolate
Favorite Book: The Bible
Favorite Movie: Mean Girls
Favorite TV Shows: "So You Think You Can Dance", "How I Met Your Mother", or any comedy basically
Right now I'm listening to: Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, Rock, Rap, R&B, Alternative, Christian, Country, Classics, Classical, Disney, Musicals, basically everything! on my IPod!
Most unusual job I've ever had: I don’t think any of my jobs thus far have been unusual, just fun.
10 years ago at this time I was: A freshman in high school
I never travel without: My camera, flip flops, makeup, dental floss, hair products, my phone
Advice for young Dancers: Don’t ever think you are not able! If you work hard, have a passion for the craft, make the most of your experiences and are appreciative for everything, you will achieve great things! Most of all, be a light of love and hope that radiates and transcends even dance.
Favorite Magic Memory: Our first pre-season game in the new, beautiful Amway Center was absolutely incredible. The energy that filled the arena that night was surreal and I loved every second of performing and cheering on my Magic for the very first time from right on the court!
10 years from now: I see myself still keeping dance in my life, by choreographing, whether it is for my own company or another great company. I also plan to either have or be pursuing a doctorate degree in psychology, and hopefully be married with a family of my own.
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