My favorite dancer won "So You Think You Can Dance"!! All those hours of sitting around dialing the phone have finally paid off and Benji was just announced the winner. He was so happy he cried. Mom and I were so happy we were bouncing up and down clapping in the living room.
Benji is a sweet, funny and talented young man who will do well in the entertainment industry. I "borrowed" this from his bio on Fox's website -
Age: 22 Hometown: Redlands, CA Occupation: West Coast Swing Specialist
He started a charitable non-profit organization, Dancers Everywhere Making a Needed Difference, for orphans in southern Mexico. He hopes to pursue a professional dance career.
What is your full name? Benjiman Schwimmer
Do you have a nickname? Benji, Geege, 6-6 pants
Where do you currently live? Redlands, CA
Where were you born? Newport Beach, CA
What is your hometown? Moreno Valley CA/ Oaxaca Mexico
How old are you? 22
What is your birth date? 1-18-84
Are you in school? No, I quit for the Show.
How old were you when you started to dance? I've always danced…in swing.
Do you have any formal dance training? 19 years swing, 3 years latin, 2 months lyrical/Jazz.
If you had to categorize your dance style, what would it be (hip hop, ballet, tap etc…)? West Coast Swing
What other talents/hobbies do you have? I speak fluent Spanish
Who is your favorite professional dancer? My parents, Donnie Burs and Geynor Fairweather, Fred Astaire, Nick Lazz, and Gene Kelly.
Does anyone in your family dance professionally? My whole family dances!
Have you performed in musical theater or in public functions as a dancer? Not recently
What would you like to see happen to you as a result of the show? To come out of the experience a better person, raise more awareness for my charity, D.E.M.A.N.D., and work like crazy!
What has been your most memorable dance experience? Making the show!
Congratulations Benji! You did a fabulous job and I am so happy that you won. Now I have to look into going to Vegas to see Celine Dion's show so I can watch you dance some more.