As you know from a previous posting, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer united again to dance, sign autographs, and visit with fans at the Mohegan Sun last weekend. Reality Wanted also caught up with them. Here is a part where Lacey discusses what it was like to be on Dancing With The Stars and what she has planned beyond the show. For more including pics, be sure you see Reality Wanted.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: On Dancing With The Stars, you have people of all different abilities. You have people who have clearly danced before and then those who have no experience with it. Which type of partner do you prefer? Do you like someone who’s more advanced, and you can throw harder things at, or do you like the challenge of someone who hasn’t really danced before and turning them into a dancer?
A. Lacey: Both! I like the challenge and the acknowledgment of my challenge, and me being successful at it. But sometimes, you’re not successful at it so it’s not that fun. WIth people who have dance training, it’s easier to teach them and you can throw harder things at them. I tend to get people who do not dance very well and so I have to have a lot of patience. With Kyle, I was rehearsing with him one hour a day. It was super easy because he picked it up so fast. Same with Lance, we rehearsed a couple hours here and there but other than that, most of my partners were not the quickest learners in the world.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: In the Q&A session with fans earlier in the night, you said that you don’t like competition, but you’ve done six seasons of Dancing With The Stars. What is it about that type of competition that brings you back each year?
A. Lacey: Well, it’s not really me competing. It’s the celebrity competing and my job is to get them as best as they can look. It’s not about being better than anyone else. It’s getting someone who has never danced a step in their life to look like they’ve done it for years. I had Chaz Bono, who was a huge, huge challenge, not only with his mental restrictions with the show because there was so much drama surrounding his situation. I felt so bad for the guy because he was so insecure about stepping out onto the floor. It takes a lot of courage to do what he did. For me, it was making sure he felt comfortable. It wasn’t about the scores. I just wanted him to feel good about what he did. And then with someone like Steve-O, it was like, “Please just get through the dance!” I had another guy named Mark Dacascos, who was fairly well. We kinda just went out there and did fun stuff so people would enjoy it.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: I’m wondering what your future is with the show. What goals do you have beyond Dancing With The Stars? Do you want to do television and movies?
A. Lacey: I’m actually choreographing a show right now for the Stratosphere, it’s called Pin-Up. It’s going to open in February of next year. We have Claire Sinclair, who was Playmate of the Year, hosting and music and production by Frankie Moreno, who is the headliner of the year in Vegas right now. It’s been cool being able to team up with an insane musician and say, “This is what I want in the song.” It’s been a lot of fun doing that. Choreography has always been a huge passion of mine, but I also have a clothing line through Discount Dance Supply. It’s oversold, most items are out of stock. They weren’t going to do any new items for a year and they’ve already asked me to do brand new stuff starting in January. I’ve always loved doing that, I design all my costumes on the show. That’s a really cool outlet for me. If I break both my legs, I can still design! I also sing. I’m working with Frankie Moreno actually on some stuff so that’ll be fun too. We’re doing dance themed music. One will be a tango beat, one will be a cha cha, and we have all these different styles, which is cool.