Lacey Schwimmer

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Lacey Schwimmer
Born Lacey Schwimmer
(1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 26)
Redlands, California
Occupation dancer, recording artist
Television So You Think You Can Dance (2007-2008) Dancing with the Stars (2008-Present)
Parents Buddy Schwimmer and Laurie Kaufmann
Relatives Benji 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.

Week Partner Dance Song Result
1 Kameron Bink Contemporary "Dancing" by Elisa Safe
2 Broadway "Overture/All That Jazz" from Chicago Safe
3 Quickstep "Big and Bad" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Safe
4 Hustle "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Inner Life Safe
5 Hip-hop "Here I Come" by Fergie Safe
6 Danny Tidwell Samba "Hip Hip Chin Chin" by Club Des Belugas Safe
Solo "Waiting on the World to Change"—John Mayer
7 Neil Haskell Latin jazz "Acid" by Ray Barretto Safe
Contemporary "Time" by Billy Porter
Results Show Solo "I'm Doing Everything (For You)"—The Rocket Summer
8 Pasha Kovalev Hip-hop "In The Morning" by Junior Boys Safe
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
9 Danny Tidwell Viennese Waltz "Keep Holding On"—Avril Lavigne 4th Place
Sabra Johnson Jazz "Koyal (Songbird)"—Nitin Sawhney
Neil Haskell Lindy 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.

Season Partner Place
7 Lance Bass 3rd
8 Steve-O 8th
9 Mark Dacascos 6th
11 Kyle Massey 2nd
12 Mike Catherwood 11th
13 Chaz Bono 7th

With Lance Bass[edit]

Average:24.5

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha/ "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 8 6 8 Safe
Quickstep/ "Close To Me" 7 6 8 Safe
2 Paso Doble/ "I Kissed A Girl" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz/ "Let Me Leave" 8 7 7 Last to be called safe
4 Tango/ "Disturbia" 9 8 9 Safe
5 West Coast Swing/ "Breakin' Dishes" 7 7 7 Safe
6 Jive/ "Tutti Frutti"
Old School Hip Hop/"It Takes Two"
9
No
9*
Scores
9
Given
Safe
7 Rumba/ "Your Body Is A Wonderland" 9 7 9 Safe
Team Cha Cha/ "Mercy" 6 7 7
8 Foxtrot/ "Sweet Pea" 9 8 9 Safe
Samba/ "1 Thing" 8 7 9
Semifinals Mambo/ "Straight To Number One" 10 9 9 Safe
Jitterbug/ "Jim Dandy" 10 9 10
Finals Samba/ "Blame It On The Boogie" 9 8 9 Third Place
Freestyle/ "It's Tricky" 9 9 9
Jitterbug/ "Jim Dandy" 9 9 10

With Steve-O[edit]

Average:15.8

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/ "Vito's Waltz" 6 5 6 No elimination
2 Salsa/ "Cobrastyle" 5 4 5 Safe
3 Foxtrot/ "I'm Yours" 5 5 5 Safe
4 Lindy Hop/ "Dance Little Sister" 5 5 5 Bottom 3
5 Viennese Waltz/ "Complainte de la Butte" 6 6 6 Safe
6 Rumba/ "Fall For You" 7 4 5 Eliminated

With Mark Dacascos[edit]

Average:22.1

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha Cha/"Kung Fu Fighting" 7 7 7 Safe
Viennese Waltz/"I'm Your Man" Awarded Eight Points
2 Quickstep/"King of Swing" 7 7* 7 Safe
3 Rumba/"Don't Lie" 6 6 6 Safe
4 Two-Step/"Nothin' Better to Do" 8 7 7 Safe
5 Paso Doble/"Diablo Rojo" 9 9 8 Safe
Hustle/"The Hustle" No Score Given
6 Jitterbug/"This Cat's On a Hot Tin Roof"
Mambo/"Ran Kan Kan"
9
Awarded
9
6
8
Points
Safe
7 Samba/"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/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha Cha/ "My First Kiss" 8 7 8 Last to be called Safe
2 Quickstep/ "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" 8 7 7 Safe
3 Waltz/"Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Rumba/"Nothin' on You" 6/8 6/7 6/7 Safe
5 Foxtrot/"Charlie's Angels Theme" 8 5 7 Safe
6 Tango/"If I Had You"
Rock n' Roll Marathon/"La Grange"
8
Awarded
7
7
8
Points
Safe
7 Cha 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
8 Viennese 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/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/"Cooler Than Me" 5 4 4 No Elimination
2 Jive/"The Boys Are Back in Town" 6 5 6 Eliminated

With Chaz Bono[edit]

Average:18.8

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Dancing In The Street" 6 5 6 Safe
2 Quickstep/"Love is All Around" 6 5 6 Safe
3 Rumba/"Laugh at Me" 6 6 6 Safe
4 Paso Doble/Theme from Rocky 7 7 7 Safe
5 Samba/Get Down on It 7 7 7 Safe
6 Tango/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]

  • 2011 – 7th Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 13; Partner: Chaz Bono
  • 2011 – 11th Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 12; Partner: Mike Catherwood
  • 2010 – 2nd Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 11; Partner: Kyle Massey
  • 2009 – 6th Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 9; Partner: Mark Dacascos
  • 2009 – 8th Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 8; Partner: Steve-O
  • 2008 – 3rd Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 7; Partner: Lance Bass
  • 2007 – 1st Place: World Swing Dance Championships, Classic Division; Partner: Benji Schwimmer
  • 2007 – 4th Place: Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance[14]
  • 2006 – 1st Place: U.S. National Youth Latin Championships; Partner: Jared Murillo[15]
  • 2005 – 3rd Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14–17 years); Partner: Jared Murillo[16]
  • 2004 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14–17 years); Partner: Jared Murillo[17]
  • 2003 – 2nd Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14–17 years); Partner: Jared Murillo[18]
  • 2002 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14–17 years); Partner: Jamie Bayard[19]
  • 2001 – 2nd Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14–17 years); Partner: Jamie Bayard[20]
  • 2000 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young America Division (6–14 years); Partner: Jamie Bayard[21]
  • 1998 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young America Division (6–12 years); Partner: Blace Thompson[22]

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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