14th Annual

High Desert Dance Classic

March 9-11, 2018

World Swing Dance Council Registry Event

Ballroom Latin West Coast Swing Salsa
Pro-Am Country Two Step Jack 'n Jill Events Strictly Swing
Buddy Schwimmer

buddy_schwimmer (33K)

buddy_1976 (27K)
1976 photo

Judge & Instructor (Swing)


Buddy Schwimmer is an award-winning West Coast Swing dancer. He has also been known as "The King of Swing", and "The Man with a Thousand Moves".

He was a performer on the 1977 television variety show Dance Fever with Lynn Vogen, as well as the 1992 show "Big Band Ballroom Bash".

Schwimmer has founded his own swing competition, organizes the World Swing Championships in Las Vegas, and works as a dance teacher and coach. He had a dance studio in Costa Mesa for 22 years, and worked out of Moreno Valley for 10 years, teaching on the road. In the mid 1990s, he opened the "5-6-7-8 Dance Studio" in Redlands, California, though the studio suffered a fire on July 31, 2006 while Schwimmer was in Los Angeles watching his son compete on the program "So You Think You Can Dance." The studio, which holds both private lessons and classes with 5-25 students, is now re-opened.

Schwimmer's son, Benji Schwimmer (sometimes called the "Prince of Swing", after his father) as of 2006 is the reigning United States Champion of West Coast Swing, and the winner on the 2006 televised competition "So You Think You Can Dance"

Buddy also has a daughter named Lacey who is the junior world Latin champion. Lacey was also a finalist in the 2007 "So You Think You Can Dance" competition.


Lisa Sandoval
Lisa Sandoval

Event Director
(661) 916-1318



Copyright © 2005-2017 High Desert Dance Classic

Commercial Paving and Coatingimagefactor Logo Dance Vision Logo USA Dance LA Bex Logo dynamic therapy solutgions logo USA Dance Antelope Valley, CA