Lacey Schwimmer and Lance Bass

So far this season, Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer are getting their Dancing groove on with solid scores and untraditional moves that are earning them kudos (and a little ire). But as Season 7 is beset by a string of injuries — from Jeff Ross' cornea scratch to Misty-May Treanor's tendon-pop — they're not taking any chances.

"The stage is cursed, we all believe it now," Schwimmer told at the Respect Awards. "So we stay away from that little area by the judges," she said, referring to the perilous spot where several of the show's injuries have occurred. "Seriously," she insisted, in the face of skeptical press. "Lance and I will walk around it all funny, so it's kind of scary, but we're taking extra precautions."

Safety steps that the two are considering range from the superstitious (the pair might "light some sage and throw it in the audience a little bit," Schwimmer said) to the practical: "We're stretching [Lance]. He's not very flexible, he can hardly touch his toes, but we're really taking extra precautions with him right now."

Not even four weeks into the season, Bass and Schwimmer's tandem efforts are starting to extend well beyond the dance floor. Schwimmer was attending Friday's annual award show, presented by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to support her star partner, who was honored for his commitment to the organization.

"No one should have to live a lie," Bass said, discussing his own experience coming out as a gay man. "That weight that is lifted off your shoulders, I can't even describe it." He came out to the public in July 2006.

Yet, after pre-season buzz about having a same-sex dance partner, Bass wouldn't have things any other way. "I could not even think about another partner besides Lacey. I'm the luckiest person."

For Schwimmer, meanwhile, the pair's recent made-for-TV smooch sealed the deal — at least, in jest. "You know, that's been dream of mine since I was a little girl," she laughed, "so I took advantage!"

With precautionary meaures, smooches and all, how far do you think the pair will go (in the competition, that is)?