Buddy Schwimmer

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Buddy Schwimmer (born 1950) is an award-winning West Coast Swing dancer, a choreographer, and the inventor of the Nightclub Two Step. He has also been known as "The King of Swing", as well as "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.

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In 1965, at the age of 15, Schwimmer invented a new American partner dance, which he called "Nightclub Two Step". He developed this dance while practicing dance with his sister and searching for a way to dance to popular slow ballads.

Schwimmer 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, Schwimmer opened the "5-6-7-8 Dance Studio" in Redlands, California.

On 31 July 2006, Schwimmer's "5-6-7-8 Dance Studio" suffered a major fire while Schwimmer was in Los Angeles watching his son, Benji, compete on the program "So You Think You Can Dance". The studio, which holds both private lessons and classes with from 5 to 25 students, resumed full operations in September 2006.Garcia, Catherine (2006-09-07). 5-6-7-8 reopens, Benji considers offers. Redlands Daily Facts, 7 September 2006....
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