A New Song And Dance For Lacey Schwimmer

After six seasons on Dancing with the Stars, Lacey Schwimmer is taking a break to focus on other aspects of her career.
Lacey Schwimmer giving SheKnows a Dancing with the Stars lesson

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The pro explains her Dancing with the Stars departure exclusively to SheKnows.

When the contestants for the 14th season of ABC's hit show Dancing with the Stars were announced yesterday on Good Morning America, fans were sad to see a favorite pro missing from the cast, Lacey Schwimmer.

The 23-year-old bubbly blonde has charmed audiences for six seasons as the partner of stars like Chaz Bono, Lance Bass, and Steve-O.

Don't be sad though DWTS fans, Lacey told SheKnows exclusively that her departure from the show is for the best.

"There are a lot of things going on in my life that I kind of need [to] step back and focus," Lacey told SheKnows. "I'm trying to partition my time."

One major life-change was purchasing a home recently with her boyfriend, fellow dancer and choreographer DJ Guthrie.

On top of that, Lacey is releasing an album this year, opening her own dance studio and creating a costume line for professional dancers.

"This was a cool opportunity for me to step out and do everything that I've ever wanted."

"I designed all of my costumes on Dancing with the Stars so this was a cool opportunity for me to step out and do everything that I've ever wanted to do that I couldn't do on TV," said Lacey. "We're designing for a company called Discount Dance Supply and it's cheap but still pretty. They're very funky."

So will we see these duds on Dancing?

"We'll see," smiled Lacey.

But if and when that happens, it won't be Lacey's only involvement with the show. We're told she will definitely be appearing a few times throughout this season for special performances.

That's what we like to hear!


Our video interview with Lacey Schwimmer includes a dance tutorial for fans with two left feet. Watch here. >>

Mandatory Photo credit: Thomas McAulay; SheKnows.com

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Comments on "Exclusive : Why Lacey Schwimmer left Dancing with the Stars"

Liane April 03, 2013 | 8:27 PM

I liked Lacey BECAUSE she was curvy. It was nice to see someone who wasn't a stick figure pulling out the stops. I think she's the only female on the show strong enough to do a lift with a male dancer. She seemed to drop some weight through out her tenure on DWTS. (I was also disappointed when Cheryl lost weight.) I have to say, I like Lacey better as a brunette. She was stunning among all those blonds.

Irene November 05, 2012 | 7:31 PM

I miss seeing Lacey on DWTS. Definately one who stood out for me because she was the whole package.....good dancer, athleticism, y, smart choreographer, cute & beautiful all at the same time. Somehow I was always drawn to her, seeking her out on the show along with a few other favorites. Noticed immediately when she was missing and hope she will be back. There are other pros I wouldn't miss too much.

Eileen October 02, 2012 | 8:44 AM

I also am a big fan, have been since she was on SYTYCD. I'm a fan of her brother Benji too. I was always hoping the two of them would be on DWTS together. Like the Hough siblings. Maybe someday! This season is the worst cast ever, what happened, did they run out of new stars? I can maybe c all-stars as only past winners but to through in losers is a tragedy. Not excited! Good luck Lacey hope to c u back soon.

mea September 26, 2012 | 9:45 AM

It wasn't her choice, they just did not pick her this season. They more likely would have picked her if KM (her former partner) was voted on as the 13th dancer instead of Sabrina.

Key August 13, 2012 | 11:38 AM

While Lacey was not my favorite dancer, she sure was right up there at the top of my list! Mostly, I loved her attitude about her loving her curves. Much success in the future.

rena April 26, 2012 | 11:22 PM

I too was really disappointed that Lacey is not on Dancing With The Stars. She is my all time favorite Dancer of all of the other Pros. Hopefully she will return next season.

deejoy April 10, 2012 | 5:55 PM

I was soo sad when Lacey didn't appear on the list of performers this year (2012) on DWTS. She was always so cheerful, even though she was given celebrities who had no chance of winning. Watching her and Kyle was my favorite! Good luck, Lacey!

Amy April 10, 2012 | 1:27 AM

I like Lacey a lot (especially since she is mainly a swing dancer and thats my dance!) but I've noticed she doesn't seem as into the dancing the past season- maybe she is just tired of it right now and ready to try other things? I hope her weight isnt what stopped her either because even as the heaviest girl on the show (though not overweight by any emans!) she still was a great dancer. people can be mean though- look at the comments about cheryl, who in my opnion has a rocking bod!!! lacey's great but has never been my favorite. i never thought she quite held up to the level of the other dancers- she just didnt seem to have the training they did and i think it showed. swing and hip-hop though- she rocks! i lveo DWTs and i think this year has been the best one so far. have to disagree greatly with babyhuez... i think the casting this year as been excellent!

dee March 27, 2012 | 10:29 PM

I just saw Lacey on the elimination show tonight, and she appears to have gained quite a bit of weight. Is that one of the reasons she left the show. I know as a teen she was anorexic. I'm just thinking I'm going to miss her, but I know how relentless people are, because they tore Cheryl Burke up for gaining weight. I think both women are beautiful, but couldn't help noticing Lacey's weight gain. I hope it isn't what stopped her from dancing.

Babyhuez March 21, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Well i wont be tuning into it that much this season. Lacey was the hottest dancer on the show. Couple that with a crappy cast this time around and that makes for a drop in ratings.

Elle March 20, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Loved Lacy Schwimmer's performances especially since in addition to being a marvelous dancer she didn't have the cookie cutter dancer figure. Gorgeous girl and gorgeous dancer.

Anna March 17, 2012 | 10:41 AM

She was my FAVORITE pro on DWTS. She is the most amazing dancer I have ever seen. What she can do with her legs is jaw dropping!

Jenny March 01, 2012 | 1:00 AM

I am a huge Lacey Schwimmer fan and have been forever. She's my fave on DWTS. It's not clear in the article if it was actually her choice to step out of this season or if she's making the best out of not being cast in this season and will return on future seasons.

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