“Pole builds confidence and changes your perception on the rest of your life”…These are the words of Jasmine, a talented geminian from the United States who spends much of her time teaching, training and concentrating for her next competitions … JASMINE SCHEFFEL, talent and enthusiasm. POLEGOOD invites you to meet her.
Jasmine, what motivated you to approach the Pole Dance?
I was friends with an instructor when I was stationed in Charleston, SC. I took her class and was very sore the next day. I kept going just for fun once or twice a week and after a few months I started to notice my body getting toned which never happened before even though I was a college athlete and always dieting. I was more confident, so I continued for 1.5 years and she left the studio. I quit shortly after her and bought my own pole. I moved to WV to go to school and started using youtube to self train. Once I saw competition videos on youtube, I was hooked.
How is your life outside of sport?
Its almost nonexistent right now. I have another competition in a month and I own a studio, so I teach when I am not training. I am a single mom and spend the rest of my time taking care of my son.
Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?
I love achieving goals. The day I got the rainbow marchenko, the time I nailed the fonji 360, and of course all the competitions. I’ve never done as well as planned but its amazing meeting the other competitors and being a part of such an awesome community. My favorite moments though, are alone in the studio after practicing and struggling and screaming then finally mastering whatever I was trying.
What do you inspire to prepare your choreography?
I turn the song on loud and play it over and over again. I close my eyes and envision choreography in my head. I also watch different styles of dance on youtube to help inspire. The inspiration comes from what the piece is about and the story I want to tell through dance.
According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?
Physically, you feel like Spider – Man. Mentally, it benefits every part of your life. Pole builds confidence and changes your perception on the rest of your life. Suddenly nothing is impossible, and you accept and love yourself. The pole community is the best part. Everyone is so open, accepting, and unique. No one is afraid to be themselves and I love being a part of it.
How do you see the development of the discipline of Pole, in United States?
Within the next decade, it will become popular and be an Olympic sport. Well see more children and males involved and I cant wait.
With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?
I do gymnastics when I can and yoga. I run and stretch all the time. I practice all sorts of dance styles and I recently took up kung fu for the mental benefits. I really want to start calisthenics.
What would you say to all those people who do not yet know the discipline of the Pole?
Have an open mind, give it a try, and please don’t associate any negativity with pole.
A message that you want to leave us?
Die fast, Pole hard. haha Dimitry Politov said that before and he is my favorite.
Full Name: Jasmine Scheffel
Where were you born?: Oakland, MD
Birthdate: August 20, 1987
Where do you live?: Morgantown, WV
Zodiac sign?: Leo
Awards, mention them:
APL 2018 National Champion
Thank you Jasmine, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.
Vanesa S. Zylinski- Polegood Magazine.