The 25-year-old from Queens started dancing when she was three and learnt the position, known as ‘head sitting’, when she was a child.
The video, shot at Duane Park NYC and viewed over 120,000 times, shows Schieler on a rotating podium bending over backwards, doing hand stands and performing the splits while sitting on her head.
Although she has studied dance and acrobatics, majoring in dance at college, she has no formal contortion training.
She taught herself many of the poses using circus videos online.
Despite her thorough preparation, she said ‘awkward’ mishaps sometimes occur during performances.
Schieler said performing makes her feel ‘confident and sexy’ and that her boyfriend is supportive of her art form.