Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer on “Dancing with the Stars.”
From Tuesday’s Life section of The Oklahoman.
Singer Lance Bass putting his best foot forward
The last time Lance Bass went on tour he was singing the pop hits “Bye Bye Bye,” “It’s Gonna Be Me” and “This I Promise You” with super-star boy band ‘N Sync.
Sure, Bass and his bandmates also were known for their dance moves back in 2002. But the group’s synchronized hip-hop routines bear little resemblance to the ballroom style recently Bass learned on the popular reality TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”
When “Dancing with the Stars: The Tour” mambos, cha chas and waltzes Friday into Tulsa’s BOK Center, Bass, 29, and his professional dance partner Lacey Schwimmer will be among the performers cutting a rug.
“I love entertaining. … I definitely don’t consider myself a dancer, but I think it’s entertaining for people to see me try,” he said with a chortle. “You can get a good laugh.”
He and Schwimmer finished third behind football player Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson and the champions, model Brooke Burke and Derek Hough, when the show’s seventh season ended Nov. 25.
“I was crossing my fingers that they’d ask me to do it (the tour), because I love being on the road, I love performing in front of … people. It’s definitely my passion,” he said in a recent phone interview from San Diego, Calif.
The tour also includes stars Toni Braxton, Maurice Greene and Marlee Matlin and several of the show’s dance pros.
Bass and Schwimmer will perform a few solo routines from the show, and he will dance in four group numbers. One of his favorites is a fun, sexy number in which he dances with “Lance’s Angels,” four of the female pros.
Although the singer/actor/producer didn’t know dancing would be part of the gig when he joined ‘N Sync, he learned to love it. His experience with the pop group gave him the confidence to join the reality dance competition, which he viewed as a challenge. He was thrilled not only to finish third but also to perform every style of dance the show offered.
While he plans to continue ballroom dancing for fun, he doesn’t expect his newfound skills to figure into his long-term career plans.
“I think I’ll be hanging up my ballroom shoes for sure after this tour,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a lot of fun … but as far as taking it seriously and changing my career into dancing, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
What: “Dancing with the Stars: The Tour.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: BOK Center, 200 S Denver, Tulsa.
Information: (866) 726-5287 or www.bokcenter.com.