Louis Van Amstel

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Louis van Amstel
Born(1972-06-23) June 23, 1972 (age 40)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
NationalityDutch American
CitizenshipAmerican
OccupationDancer, choreographer
Years active2005–present
 
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Louis van Amstel
Born(1972-06-23) June 23, 1972 (age 40)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
NationalityDutch American
CitizenshipAmerican
OccupationDancer, choreographer
Years active2005–present

Louis van Amstel (born June 23, 1972) is a Dutch-American ballroom dance champion,[1] professional dancer, and choreographer who appears on the U.S. reality television series Dancing with the Stars.[2]

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Early life

Louis van Amstel was born in Amsterdam; his grandparents were competitive ballroom dancers. He began dancing at 10 and entered competitions at 15. He stopped attending school at 16 to pursue dancing full-time.[3]

Career

Early career

Van Amstel competed professionally with Julie Fryer, and they were coached by Ruud Vermeij. In 1990, Van Amstel and Fryer became Dutch Latin Champions and 10 Dance Champions. They also made the final in Blackpool in the 'under 21' category. This very same year, they received a bronze medal at the German Open, at the World Latin and at the European 10 Dance. In the Worlds 10 Dance Championship, Van Amstel and Fryer got fourth place.[4]

In 1991 Van Amstel and Fryer won the national championships for the second time, and got the fourth place in all major championships. A year later, Van Amstel decided that he wanted to retire from competing for a while, and came to the point where he finished his partnership with Fryer for the first time. Three years later, in 1994, the partnership was re-established, and Van Amstel and Fryer went on to win three world Latin Dance championship gold medals in 1994, 1995 and 1996.[5]

In 1997, Van Amstel retired from competitive ballroom dancing, moved to New York City, and became an American citizen in July 1999[6]. He returned to competitive dancing with partner Karina Smirnoff; they won the United States national championship in 2000.

Dancing with the Stars

Van Amstel was cast for season one of Dancing with the Stars in early 2005. He was partnered with Trista Sutter, but they were the first to be eliminated from the competition. In the show's second season, he was partnered with hostess Lisa Rinna, with whom he reached fourth place.

Van Amstel returned in season three and was partnered with High School Musical star Monique Coleman. During the eighth week of the competition, they received two 10s for their Cha-Cha-Cha marking Van Amstel's only 10s of Dancing With The Stars to date until he got a 10 with Season nine partner Kelly Osbourne in the team tango. They made it to the semi-finals, but were eliminated, resulting in a fourth place finish. He did not participate in the fourth season due to all the females being taller than he, but he nonetheless maintained a role as a performer and choreographer throughout the season and season five.[3]

He returned in season six and was partnered with actress, businesswoman, and wife of Elvis Presley Priscilla Presley. The couple made it to the fifth week, but were eliminated, resulting in an eighth place finish. He returned in season nine and was partnered with reality TV star and singer Kelly Osbourne. The couple made it to the finale where they finished in third place.

He returned in season ten and was partnered with Reno 911! star Niecy Nash. The couple made it to the eighth week, but were eliminated, resulting in a fifth place finish.

For season eleven of Dancing With The Stars, Van Amstel was partnered with actress and comedian Margaret Cho. The couple made it to the third week, but were eliminated, resulting in a tenth place finish. Van Amstel appeared in Cho's comedy music album Cho Dependent as her therapist. In July 2011, he appeared alongside Cho as himself in the fourth episode of the third season of Drop Dead Diva.

For the show's twelfth season, Van Amstel was partnered with playboy model and reality star Kendra Wilkinson. During the fifth week in the competition, they danced the 1000th competitive dance. The couple made it to the seventh week, but were eliminated, resulting in a sixth place finish. Wilkinson later published her book, Being Kendra, in which she said her and van Amstel clashed constantly and that he called her dyslexic and learning disabled. Van Amstel denied the comments, calling her book "twisted". Nevertheless, Van Amstel made two appearances on Wilkinson's reality shows Kendra and Kendra on Top, though Wilkinson described their encounters as "awkward".

In season 15, Van Amstel is paired with former contestant, Sabrina Bryan.

Other work

During his time off from Dancing With The Stars, Van Amstel set up a not-for profit dance company called "Visionworx Dance Theater," which combines all four major dance forms. He also choreographed and appeared on numerous TV shows such as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, and All My Children.[3]

After season six of Dancing with the Stars, Van Amstel was asked to create and choreograph a show called Ballroom With A Twist, which featured a rotating cast of dancers. The show also featured former American Idol contestants including David Hernandez and Carly Smithson. Ballroom With A Twist recently toured in theaters around the country and was very successful. He choreographed seven dances on season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. Three of the seven dances made it to the finale and were mentioned as the judges' favorite picks at the Kodak theater in Hollywood. He continued choreographing in seasons 6, 7, and 8.[citation needed]

Van Amstel also runs his dance fitness program, LaBlast. LaBlast DVDs were released in early 2012.

During the summer of 2012, Van Amstel started his fitness clothing line, called LVA.

Personal life

Van Amstel is openly gay. However, he does not label himself as gay because he does not want to be put in a box.[6] During the story week in season eleven of Dancing With The Stars, Van Amstel partnered with Margaret Cho and blamed Cho's gay pride-themed performance for being kicked off the show. He said, "I don't want to be labeled [as gay] because labeling is the beginning of discrimination and hatred."[7]

Dancing with the Stars performances

SeasonPartnerPlace
1Trista Sutter6th
2Lisa Rinna4th
3Monique Coleman4th
6Priscilla Presley8th
9Kelly Osbourne3rd
10Niecy Nash5th
11Margaret Cho10th
12Kendra Wilkinson6th
15Sabrina BryanTBA

Season 1: With Trista Sutter:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Waltz/"Come Away With Me"666No Elimination
2Rumba/"Endless Love"676Eliminated

Season 2: With Lisa Rinna:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Waltz/"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"577Safe
2Rumba/"Your Song"677Safe
3Jive/"Jailhouse Rock"898Safe
4Paso Doble/"The Final Countdown"998Safe
5Samba/"Le Freak"799Safe
6Quickstep/"9 to 5"999Bottom Two
7Foxtrot/"Fever"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Material Girl"
8
9
9
9
9
9
Eliminated

Season 3: With Monique Coleman:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Foxtrot/"Baby Love"667Safe
2Mambo/"Bop to the Top"989Safe
3Jive/"The Heat Is On"999Safe
4Waltz/"If I Were A Painting"888Bottom Two
5Rumba/"Samba de Verão"999Safe
6Samba/"ABC"977Safe
7Quickstep/"Luck Be a Lady"
Paso Doble/"The Reflex"
9
9
9
9
9
9
Bottom Two
8Tango/"Somebody's Watching Me"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Ghostbusters Theme"
8
9
8
10
8
10
Eliminated

Season 6: With Priscilla Presley:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Foxtrot/"Feeling Good"888No elimination
2Mambo/"Deixa Isso Pra La"777Safe
3Tango/"El Choclo"899Safe
4Viennese Waltz/"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"778Bottom Two
5Rumba/"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"777Eliminated

Season 9: With Kelly Osbourne:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen/Baz's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Viennese Waltz/"Trouble"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Centerfold"
7
Awarded
8
8
8
Points
Safe
2Tango/"Take Me on the Floor"676Safe
3Samba/"LoveGame"767Safe
4Charleston/"Cabaret"878Safe
5Paso Doble/"Crazy Train"888Safe
6Jitterbug/"Bread and Butter"
Mambo Marathon/"Ran Kan Kan"
7
Awarded
6
5
7
Points
Safe
7Salsa/"Good Lovin'"
Team Tango/"You Give Love a Bad Name"
8
9
8
9
8
10
Safe
8Foxtrot/"Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh)"
'60s Jive/"River Deep - Mountain High"
8
8
8
9
9
9
Last to Be
Called Safe
9Rumba/"Angels"
Quickstep/"99 Red Balloons"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
8
9
9
8
9
9
8
9
9
Last to Be
Called Safe
10Argentine Tango/"Los Vino"
Megamix/"You and Me", "Whenever, Wherever", "Maniac"
Freestyle/"I Will Survive"
Viennese Waltz/"Trouble"
9
Awarded
8
Awarded
9
26
8
26
8
Points
8
Points
Third Place

Season 10: With Niecy Nash:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Rescue Me"756No Elimination
2Foxtrot/"Love You I Do"777Safe
3Waltz/"With You I'm Born Again"777Safe
4Rumba/"Taking Chances" - Technique
Rumba/"Taking Chances" - Performance
6
6
6
6
6
6
Last to Be
Called Safe
5Jive/"La Bamba"666Safe
6Argentine Tango/"El Sonido De La Milonga"
Swing Marathon/"In the Mood"
7
Awarded
7
5
7
Points
Bottom Two
7Quickstep/"You're the Top"
Team Madonna/"Holiday"
9
8
8
8
8
8
Safe
8Viennese Waltz/"I Got You Babe"
'90s Paso Doble/"Rhythm is a Dancer"
7
7
8
6
8
7
Eliminated

Season 11: With Margaret Cho:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Viennese Waltz/"We Are The Champions"555Safe
2Jive/"Dreaming"666Safe
3Samba/"Copacabana"666Eliminated

Season 12: With Kendra Wilkinson:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann/Donnie's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"When Love Takes Over"666No Elimination
2Quickstep/"Gotta Work"766Safe
3Rumba/"You and Me"878Safe
4Viennese Waltz/"Time To Say Goodbye"666Safe
5Foxtrot/"Yankee Doodle Dandy"877Safe
6Samba/"Livin' la Vida Loca"889Safe
7Team Cha-Cha-Cha/"We R Who We R"
Tango/"Jealousy"
7/7
8/8
8
7
8
8
Eliminated

Season 15: With Sabrina Bryan:

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann's ScoreLen's ScoreBruno's ScoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"What Makes You Beautiful"7.57.57.5Safe
2Quickstep/"TBA"


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
Dancing with the Stars (US) Third place
Season 9 (Autumn 2009 with Kelly Osbourne)
Succeeded by
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Preceded by
Rachel Hunter & Jonathan Roberts
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 2 (Winter 2006 with Lisa Rinna)

Season 3 (Autumn 2006 with Monique Coleman)

Succeeded by
Ian Ziering & Cheryl Burke
Preceded by
Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 10 (Spring 2010 with Niecy Nash)
Succeeded by
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya
Preceded by
None
Dancing with the Stars (US) Last place
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Trista Sutter)
Succeeded by
Kenny Mayne & Andrea Hale

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