Dancing darling Lacey Schwimmer has always been a fan favorite on the reality competition Dancing with the Stars, a show she was part of for six seasons after jump-starting her career on So You Think You Can Dance in 2007. So when the line-up for Season 14 of SYTYCD was announced earlier this year and her name was absent from the roster, fans were left wondering where she had gone.
Another season of SYTYCD isn't ruled out for the 24-year-old; she's just taking time to concentrate on other facets of her career, such as choreography and a solo music venture.
Schwimmer will be a part of the Reality Check event at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs tomorrow night alongside her Season 11 dancing partner, Kyle Massey.
We chatted with the bubbly blonde, who was moments away from stepping into a rehearsal.
TIMES LEADER: You've had plenty of different dancing partners over the seasons you were on Dancing with the Stars. How is it decided who's going to dance with whom?
LACEY SCHWIMMER: It really comes down to personality. The producers and the casting directors know us as dancers very well; they know what we're capable of doing. They'll pair us up with someone we have a conflict with or someone we'll get along with really well. It's really them putting together a perfect casting as a whole.
TL: Who was your favorite dance partner?
LS: I've been on it six or seven times, and my first season was crazy. I just got off So You Think You Can Dance, and I came into a show where I'm dancing with celebrities, and it was like Oh my God, what am I doing here? I don't belong here! That's when I was with Lance Bass (of boy band N'Sync), and it's something I'll never forget. It changed my life.
TL: Have you ever had any difficulty with someone?
LS: There's a lot of pressure on people, especially if one week they have a great week and the next they have a terrible one. There's not only a lot of pressure on them but on you as choreographer and teacher to make them deliver. There's definitely tension. Everyone's tired and stressed. But the second you go on the floor, it doesn't even matter. It's so much fun, and you forget all the troubles you had during the week.
TL: Do you have a favorite dance from your time on the show?
LS: It's funny because it's something that was really silly and thrown together in probably 10 minutes. Kyle and I are actually performing it at Mohegan Sun. They do this thing called instant dance, where you pull a dance out of a hat and don't know what it is until 30 minutes before you can do it, so you have to create a routine on the spot. Kyle is such a ham; he and I literally can't be serious with each other. We ended up doing a jive to Good Golly, Miss Molly, and it was one of the best dances. They still play that back as one of the best instant dances.
TL: If dancing were no longer an option, what would you want to do as a profession?
LS: I went to hair and makeup school at Paul Mitchell Academy. Hair and makeup have always been such a huge thing since I was a little girl, you know, trying on my mom's Chanel lipstick. I realized that going to school will always be there, but my legs and body will not always be there for dancing, so when, if, I stop dancing that would be something I'd love to fall back on. I've also recently released my first dance costume line through Discount Dance Supply. I would love to venture into clothing somewhere down the line.
What: Reality Check with Lacey Schwimmer and Kyle Massey of Dancing with the Stars
When: Live performance and Q&A at 2 p.m. tomorrow; free signing at 3 p.m.
Where: Breakers, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Plains Township
Cost: Event is free on a first-come, first-served basis.