Lacey Schwimmer

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Lacey Schwimmer
BornLacey Schwimmer
(1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 25)
Redlands, California
Occupationdancer, recording artist
TelevisionSo You Think You Can Dance (2007-2008) Dancing with the Stars (2008-Present)
ParentsBuddy Schwimmer and Laurie Kaufmann
RelativesBenji Schwimmer
 
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Lacey Schwimmer
BornLacey Schwimmer
(1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 25)
Redlands, California
Occupationdancer, recording artist
TelevisionSo You Think You Can Dance (2007-2008) Dancing with the Stars (2008-Present)
ParentsBuddy Schwimmer and Laurie Kaufmann
RelativesBenji Schwimmer

Lacey Schwimmer is an American competitive ballroom dancer, singer, and the winner of multiple youth championships. She is best known as the fourth place finalist of the third season of So You Think You Can Dance. She is the daughter of noted dancer Buddy Schwimmer, as well as the cousin of Heidi Groskreutz, who placed fourth on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and younger sister of Benji Schwimmer, the winner of the show's second season. She participated in the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer paired with Lance Bass of 'N Sync, in the eighth season of the show paired with Jackass star Steve-O and in the ninth season paired with actor and Iron Chef America host Mark Dacascos. Schwimmer returned to Dancing with the Stars for its eleventh season and she was partnered with Disney Channel star, Kyle Massey and in the 12th season, paired with radio host Mike Catherwood. In the thirteenth season, she was paired with transgender activist Chaz Bono. Schwimmer did not return for season 14 of Dancing With The Stars'.[1]

Schwimmer competes in West Coast Swing and International Latin dance styles.[2] She made an appearance in Jon Chu and Adam Sevani's "Biggest Online Dance Battle" against M&M Cru and was credited as a member of America's Best Dance Crew with Hok, another So You Think You Can Dance competitor. She's made television appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. In 2008 she danced alongside Adam Sandler at the MTV Movie Awards 2008. She then appeared in the video of the song Rainbow, by Elisa[3] with singer songwriter Vinnie Ferra.

She is a part of the iHollywood Dance faculty teaching master classes in the United States and Norway. Schwimmer also has her own line of tube socks as well as a dance wear line designed by Sugar and Bruno Dancewear collection.[4]

Schwimmer's debut single, "Love Soundz", was released June 21, 2011.[5]

Early life[edit]

Lacey Schwimmer grew up in a Mormon (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) household in Redlands, California. Her parents are Laurie Kauffman and notable West Coast Swing dancer Buddy Schwimmer. She is the younger sister of Benji Schwimmer, winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance. She is not related to actor David Schwimmer.

Schwimmer has been training and dancing competitively since a young age. At age seven, she and partner Brian Cordoba danced in the 1995 U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.[6] At age ten, she and partner Blace Thompson placed 1st in the Young America Division at the 1998 U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.[7] Schwimmer went on to have annual top rankings at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships and has won numerous U.S. titles.

Early career[edit]

In January 2003, Schwimmer was paired with Jared Murillo, and the two began competing at a junior level. They were upgraded to the youth level in August 2003 and participated in dozens of competitions. They received the U.S. title in the Young Adult Division of the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.[8] They were also awarded the US National Youth Latin Championship in 2006.[9] Schwimmer also appeared in Christina Aguilera's "Candyman" music video as a jitterbugger.

Schwimmer and Murillo have a cameo appearance in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody in the episode "Loosely Ballroom". She is in the background of the scene during which a ballroom competition takes place.[citation needed]

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

Schwimmer entered the preliminary auditions for So You Think You Can Dance's third season partnered by her brother, Benji Schwimmer, following his win the previous season.

After her selection to the top 20 finalists, Schwimmer was paired with contemporary/hip hop dancer, Kameron Bink. The two danced together for five weeks successfully, with judges praising their chemistry and the ease with which they danced together; they were the only couple never in danger of elimination. As per the show's competitive structure at the time, couples were assigned new partners each week after week five; Schwimmer subsequently partnered with Danny Tidwell, Neil Haskell and Pasha Kovalev before being named to the season's Top 4 Finalist.

Historically, Lacey Schwimmer is among a group of ten dancers to have advanced through their respective seasons to the finales without finishing a single episode in jeopardy of elimination (others so designated include Donyelle Jones, Katee Shean, Jakob Karr, Ashleigh Di Lello, Evan Kasprzak, Kent Boyd, Marko Germar, and champions of seasons 2, 4, and 8 respectively, Benji Schwimmer, Joshua Allen, and Melanie Moore).

Schwimmer joined her fellow season 3 contestants in the So You Think You Can Dance's 2007 dance tour, which began in Albany, New York.[10]

Lacey assisted her brother Benji in choreographing a West Coast Swing routine for Katee Shean and Joshua Allen during the show's fourth season.

WeekPartnerDanceSongResult
1Kameron BinkContemporary"Dancing" by ElisaSafe
2Broadway"Overture/All That Jazz" from ChicagoSafe
3Quickstep"Big and Bad" by Big Bad Voodoo DaddySafe
4Hustle"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Inner LifeSafe
5Hip-hop"Here I Come" by FergieSafe
6Danny TidwellSamba"Hip Hip Chin Chin" by Club Des BelugasSafe
Solo"Waiting on the World to Change"—John Mayer
7Neil HaskellLatin jazz"Acid" by Ray BarrettoSafe
Contemporary"Time" by Billy Porter
Results Show Solo"I'm Doing Everything (For You)"—The Rocket Summer
8Pasha KovalevHip-hop"In The Morning" by Junior BoysSafe
Smooth waltz"A Daisy In December" – Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan
Solo"Le Disko"—Shiny Toy Guns
Results Show Solo"What I Like About You"—Lillix
9Danny TidwellViennese Waltz"Keep Holding On"—Avril Lavigne4th Place
Sabra JohnsonJazz"Koyal (Songbird)"—Nitin Sawhney
Neil HaskellLindy hop"Bill's Bounce"—Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra
Solo"Technologic"—Daft Punk

Note: Results highlighted in red indicate that contestants placed in the bottom dancers or couples, but may not have necessarily been eliminated.

Later career[edit]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On the morning of August 25, 2008 on Good Morning America Schwimmer was announced as one of the professional dancers on season seven of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with Lance Bass. TV Guide reported that Schwimmer had endometriosis but was still able to continue on the show as her condition did not require surgery.[11] She returned for seasons 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13. During this time, she and professional dancers, Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin, are the only former participants from So You Think You Can Dance to perform as regulars on DWTS. However, other SYTYCD alumnis such as Anya Garnis, Iveta Lukosiute, Ryan DiLello and Pasha Kovalev have often done special performances performed during the results show.

On November 25, 2008, Schwimmer and her celebrity partner, Lance Bass, finished in 3rd place. Lacey was on the last DWTS tour with her partner Lance Bass. The tour ended on February 8, 2009. Lacey returned for season eight of DWTS, and she was partnered with reality television star Steve-O. On August 24, 2009 it was announced on GMA that Schwimmer would be partnering Mark Dacascos for season nine [1]. Schwimmer was not paired with a celebrity partner in season ten, but was present in a few results show dances.

In season 11 Schwimmer was partnered with Disney Channel star Kyle Massey. They made it to the finale and were the runners-up to Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. For season 12, Lacey was partnered with radio personality Mike Catherwood. They were eliminated first on March 29, 2011. For season 13, Schwimmer was partnered with Chaz Bono. They were eliminated on October 25, 2011.

SeasonPartnerPlace
7Lance Bass3rd
8Steve-O8th
9Mark Dacascos6th
11Kyle Massey2nd
12Mike Catherwood11th
13Chaz Bono7th

With Lance Bass[edit]

Average:24.5

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha Cha/ "Jumpin' Jack Flash"868Safe
Quickstep/ "Close To Me"768Safe
2Paso Doble/ "I Kissed A Girl"767Safe
3Viennese Waltz/ "Let Me Leave"877Last to be called safe
4Tango/ "Disturbia"989Safe
5West Coast Swing/ "Breakin' Dishes"777Safe
6Jive/ "Tutti Frutti"
Old School Hip Hop/"It Takes Two"
9
No
9*
Scores
9
Given
Safe
7Rumba/ "Your Body Is A Wonderland"979Safe
Team Cha Cha/ "Mercy"677
8Foxtrot/ "Sweet Pea"989Safe
Samba/ "1 Thing"879
SemifinalsMambo/ "Straight To Number One"1099Safe
Jitterbug/ "Jim Dandy"10910
FinalsSamba/ "Blame It On The Boogie"989Third Place
Freestyle/ "It's Tricky"999
Jitterbug/ "Jim Dandy"9910

With Steve-O[edit]

Average:15.8

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Waltz/ "Vito's Waltz"656No elimination
2Salsa/ "Cobrastyle"545Safe
3Foxtrot/ "I'm Yours"555Safe
4Lindy Hop/ "Dance Little Sister"555Bottom 3
5Viennese Waltz/ "Complainte de la Butte"666Safe
6Rumba/ "Fall For You"745Eliminated

With Mark Dacascos[edit]

Average:22.1

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha Cha Cha/"Kung Fu Fighting"777Safe
Viennese Waltz/"I'm Your Man"AwardedEightPoints
2Quickstep/"King of Swing"77*7Safe
3Rumba/"Don't Lie"666Safe
4Two-Step/"Nothin' Better to Do"877Safe
5Paso Doble/"Diablo Rojo"998Safe
Hustle/"The Hustle"NoScoreGiven
6Jitterbug/"This Cat's On a Hot Tin Roof"
Mambo/"Ran Kan Kan"
9
Awarded
9
6
8
Points
Safe
7Samba/"Switch"
Team Paso Doble/"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
Replaced by Anna Trebunskaya
6
8
7
8
6
8
Eliminated

With Kyle Massey[edit]

Average:24.9

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha Cha Cha/ "My First Kiss"878Last to be called Safe
2Quickstep/ "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"877Safe
3Waltz/"Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop"878Safe
4Rumba/"Nothin' on You"6/86/76/7Safe
5Foxtrot/"Charlie's Angels Theme"857Safe
6Tango/"If I Had You"
Rock n' Roll Marathon/"La Grange"
8
Awarded
7
7
8
Points
Safe
7Cha Cha Cha Team Dance/"Workin' Day and Night"
Paso Doble/"Free Your Mind"
8
10/9
8
8
8
8
Last to be called Safe
8Viennese Waltz/"Breathe (2AM)"
Jive/"Good Golly Miss Molly"
9
10
9
9
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Samba/"She's Got Me Dancing"
Argentine Tango/"Jai Ho"
10
10
9
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Foxtrot/"Feeling Good"
Freestyle/"Tootsee Roll"
Tango/"If I Had You"
Cha Cha Cha/"Raise Your Glass"
9
10
9
9
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
Second Place

With Mike Catherwood[edit]

Average:15.0

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot/"Cooler Than Me"544No Elimination
2Jive/"The Boys Are Back in Town"656Eliminated

With Chaz Bono[edit]

Average:18.8

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Dancing In The Street"656Safe
2Quickstep/"Love is All Around"656Safe
3Rumba/"Laugh at Me"666Safe
4Paso Doble/Theme from Rocky777Safe
5Samba/Get Down on It777Safe
6Tango/The Phantom of the Opera
Group Broadway Dance/Big Spender & Money Money
7
No
6
Scores
6
Given
Eliminated

Music career[edit]

Schwimmer was featured as a singer on the 2010 single "Red Cup (I Fly Solo)" by Cash Cash.[12] In June 2011 she released her official single titled "Love Soundz" produced by The Monsters and The Strangerz. The song hit the airwaves on "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on June 17, 2011 and was available on iTunes on June 21.[13]

In 2012, Schwimmer was featured as a singer on the It Boys! single "Burning Up".[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 11 (Fall 2010 with Kyle Massey)
Succeeded by
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Preceded by
Cristian de la Fuente & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 7 (Fall 2008 with Lance Bass)
Succeeded by
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
Preceded by
David Hasselhoff & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Mike Catherwood)
Succeeded by
Metta World Peace & Peta Murgatroyd