Benji Schwimmer

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Benji Schwimmer

Born

1/18/1984, Newport Beach, California

Birth Name

Benjiman Schwimmer

Gender

Male
9.7
out of 10
User Rating
42 votes

Biography

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Benji Schwimmer was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in Redlands, California. Dancing is in his blood, as he's the son of "King of Swing" Buddy Schwimmer. Like his father, he's also a swing dancer, and has won three US Open Swing Dance Championships. After winning…more

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  • Trivia

    • Benji and his cousin Heidi Groskreutz acted as choreographers for Sara and Pasha, who danced a swing routine to "That Rockerfeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim in the July 11th episode of So You Think You Can Dance?. They were both in the audience to see the dance performed.

    • Benji appeared in the Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 So You Think You Can Dance. He was there with his sister, Lacey, who was auditioning for the show; he acted as her dance partner for her routine. He was also in the audience for the first 'Top 20' performance on June 13, 2007, and then danced to "Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano" from The Talented Mr. Ripley Soundtrack the following night, on the results show. He was again in the audience for the final dance show on August 15, 2007, to cheer on his sister, Lacey, who made it to the final four.

    • Benji appears in Christina Aguilera's video for Candyman as the G.I. who dances with her (when she's dressed in pink) in the dance hall.

    • In mid-September, 2006, Benji announced that he would not be participating in the Celine Dion show in Las Vegas. The one-year contract was part of the prize package for season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, but Benji turned it down for a couple of reasons: it wasn't his style of dance; and it would keep him too far away from his family and the dance studio he runs in Redlands, California.

    • In mid-September, 2006, Benji and his sister, Lacey, made a surprise visit to the SOS show at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel. The two of them danced a swing routine on stage.

    • When asked how he felt to be competing against his cousin, Heidi, in the finale of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji indicated that he didn't feel that the two of them were competing, and that both had agreed to share the prize money if either of them won.

    • Benji was disappointed that he never got to do a contemporary dance routine (other than in group dances) on So You Think You Can Dance.

    • Benji met with American Idol's Kellie Pickler after she expressed interest in him in a magazine article.

    • Benji was engaged to be married before he left for his two-year mission in Mexico; due to a mix up in the mail, his letters never got to his fiancee, and she married someone else, which caused him to fall into a depression.

    • While dancing on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji and all the other dancers had some tough conditions to contend with: cold studios (about 30 degrees fahrenheit) and no warm-up time. He, like many of the other dancers, suffered a string of injuries.

    • According to Benji, the toughest thing about being on So You Think You Can Dance was the lack of sleep and the lack of proper diet.

    • After winning the title "America's Favorite Dancer" in the second season of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji was chosen to play Fred Astaire in an upcoming movie. However, plans for the movie fell through in late 2006.

    • Benji and co-contestant Travis Wall bet each other $500 that the other would win the title "America's Favorite Dancer" on So You Think You Can Dance.

    • According to Benji, he had an ESP sense of who would be going home on So You Think You Can Dance each week, and he was 98.9% right. However, in the finale, he predicted that Travis would win.

    • Benji chose to dance the Mambo routine with Heidi in the finale as his favorite dance of the season from So You Think You Can Dance.

    • Benji's father calls him the "Prince of Swing", which Benji doesn't like.

    • In 1991, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), won the US Open, Young America Div. (ages 6-11).

    • In 1992, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), placed third in the US Open, Young America Div.

    • In 1994, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), placed second in the US Open, Young America Div. (ages 6-12).

    • In 2005, Benji competed in the World Swing Dance Championships (Classics) with his sister, Lacey.

    • While in Oaxaca, Mexico, performing missionary work for his Church, Benji was almost completely cut off from friends and family for two years. He was not allowed any visits, could only call his parents twice a year, and had only occasional access to e-mail.

    • Benji is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (the Mormons).

    • According to Benji, his whole family dances.

    • Although he was born in Newport Beach, CA, Benji lists both Moreno Valley, CA and Oaxaca, Mexico, as his "hometowns."

    • Benji is cousin to David Schwimmer, Ross of Friends fame.

    • Benji and his cousin Heidi Groskreutz have won the US Open Dance Championships, showcase division in 2001, 2002, and 2005, all as a team.

    • After working as a missionary in Mexico for two years, Benji founded "Dancers Everywhere Making A Noticeable Difference" (D.E.M.A.N.D.), a charitable organization to benefit orphans in Mexico.

    • As a contestant in the second season of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji and his partner Donyelle Jones were popular favorites in the first half of the top 10 couples, and were never in the bottom three couples. This means that until the format changed on July 19th, 2006, with each dancer being required to do two couples' dances and one solo each, Benji had never done a solo dance on the show.

    • Benji is related to So You Think You Can Dance co-contestant Heidi Groskreutz; they are cousins.

    • In 2005, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), won the US Open Swing Dance Championship, Showcase Division.

    • In 2002, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), won the US Open Swing Dance Championship, Showcase Division for the second year in a row.

    • In 2001, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), won the US Open Swing Dance Championship, Showcase Division.

    • In 1993, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), placed fourth in the US Open, Young America Div. (ages 6-12).

    • In 1990, Benji and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (a co-contestant on So You Think You Can Dance), placed second in the US Open, Young America Div. (ages 6-11).

    • As a result of spending two years in Mexico, Benji can now speak fluent Spanish.

    • Benji hopes that as a result of being on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance?, he will come out of the experience a better person; raise awareness for his charitable organization, D.E.M.A.N.D.; and be able to work like crazy.

    • Benji lists his most memorable experience as becoming a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance?

    • Benji's favorite professional dancers are: his parents; Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather; Fred Astaire; Nick Lazz; and Gene Kelly.

    • As of 2006, Benji has studied various dance styles: 19 years swing, 3 years latin, 2 months lyrical/Jazz.

    • Benji quit school in order to be a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance?

    • Benji, whose full name is Benjiman, says his nicknames are "Benji", "Geege" and "6-6 pants."

    • Benji's father, Buddy Schwimmer, is known as the "King of Swing".

  • Quotes

    • (on why he turned down the one-year contract to dance in Celine Dion's Las Vegas show)
      Benji: That really wasn't my genre of dance ... It's an honor, [but] that'd be like an environmental lawyer with a contract to represent O.J. Simpson.

    • (on whether he'll take the one-year contract with Celine Dion)
      Benji: Both Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman, my toughest critics throughout the competition, said I had to take it and that they'd work with me and my style.

    • (about being cast as Fred Astaire in an up-coming movie)
      Benji: I don't know if I can fill his shoes, but it will be great to try!

    • (when asked how it feels to be the winner of Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance)
      Benji: It's exhausting! I took a red-eye straight from the show to New York to dance on Regis and Kelly, then I had to come back to LA, and I have been doing a lot of TV and radio appearances. I haven't had much sleep in the last three days, but it hasn't even hit me yet what has happened. It hasn't sunken in. But I am ecstatic.

    • (about how he coped without dancing for two years, while in Mexico)
      Benji: Luckily I had some pretty cool dreams where I would be dancing and I could feel that same ol' familiar energy that one gets while dancing.

    • (about living in Mexico, and the food)
      Benji: I've eaten just about everything from iguana to crickets... both which I liked, surprisingly.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • How can you not like Benji?

    10
    He is an absoutely perfect person all together. He has an explosive personality although he's mormon which isn't something to be steroptypical against, he is an amazing ballroom and all around dancer, and he has been featured in a lot of places. Such is "America's Favorite Dancer" in So You Think You Can Dance, Christina's Candyman video, and the movie with Heidi(she's awesome to!) While on SYTYCD he was such a pleasure to watch, you could tell from the beggining he had potenial and rose to the occasion on all of his performances. He deserved first place no matter what anyone says! Also, when he commented on Lacey being great and when people thought he was just saying that because she was his sister, if your sibling was on televison competing on a contest that you've already won, would you not want them to win? Anyway, Benji is perfect!moreless
  • he is charming with his looks and he won the season 2 and u know what i think it is good for him if he won because do u really want to know why he is charming the first time i have falling in love with him so whatmoreless

    9.2
    he is charming with his looks and he won the season 2 and u know what i think it is good for him if he won because do u really want to know why he is charming the first time i have falling in love with him so what if he is 21 and i am 16 so what it happens to everyone who falls in love with anyone they see on shows right so i just wanted to let you know benji that is how i feel about u and i am happy that u won and do u still talked to the others that was on the showmoreless