FaceBook Friend of The Week – Harvard Swing Dance Man – Benji Schwimmer

by Shannonn Kelly
05:27AM, EST, January 16, 2013

Educated Swing Dance Man Benji Schwimmer (drawing courtesy of "FreckleSmile)
Educated Swing Dance Man Benji Schwimmer (drawing courtesy of “FreckleSmile”)

On Friday January 18, Season 2 Winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji Schwimmer turns 28 years-old.

Born probably swing dancing in the womb, Benji’s father is West Coast Swing dance king Buddy Schwimmer who invented a dance step called “The Nightclub Two-Step”.

Benji’s mother Laurie and sister, Lacey Schwimmer, a 4th place finalist on Season 3 SYTYCD and most recently on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS), are also west-coast swing dancers in their own right.

Born “Benjamin Daniel Schwimmer” in Redlands, California, Schwimmer won the second season of Fox’s long-running So You Think You Can Dance reality competition show where he also hotly competed with now “Emmy® Award nominated” Travis Wall who has been a choreographer on SYTYCD since season 7.

To this day I remember most of Schwimmer’s routines. But, out of all of them, I loved the show-stopping nerd-fest hip-hop routine with Benji and Travis or “Tranji”. Click here for a great laugh and some terrific moves by Benji and Travis.

What’s incredible about Benji Schwimmer is that he’s not only a talented dancer, globe trotting Humanitarian, sought after choreographer, singer, musician; but also highly educated at some of the nations top Ivy League schools.

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