Louis van Amstel's Biography
In season 11 of Dancing with the Stars, Louis van Amstel was paired with Margaret Cho. They were the third couple to be voted off.
In season 10 of Dancing with the Stars, Louis van Amstel was paired with Niecy Nash.
They were the seventh couple to be eliminated.
In Dancing with the Stars series 9, Louis van Amstel partnered Kelly Osbourne to third place.
In series 6 of Dancing with the Stars, Louis van Amstel had returned for his fourth season.
Louis van Amstel partnered Trista Sutter in Season 1 and came sixth. In Season 2 Louis partnered Lisa Rinna and they came fourth. He danced with Monique Coleman in series 3.
In series 6 Louis van Amstel partnered Priscilla Presley, and they were voted off in the fifth week of the competition.
Ever since he started dancing at 10, Louis van Amstel has enjoyed it. He entered his first competition when he was 12.
Louis van Amstel studied at the University of the Arts in Amsterdam and went on to pick up numerous ballroom dancing prizes.
Many of his wins came whilst partnering Julie Fryer, including three world titles. In 1994 and 1995, they were World Amateur Latin Champions and in 1996 Professional World Showdance Champions.
Louis van Amstel had turned professional in 1995.
After emigrating to the USA, Louis van Amstel hooked up with Karina Smirnoff, and they became United States Latin American Champions.
As well as dancing, van Amstel has also choreographed various productions.
Asked by Dance Notes how he would you like to leave his mark on the dance world, Louis van Amstel gave an inspiring reply:
"... dancing should come from the inside. Once you achieve that it has such a big effect in your soul in your life. You feel good and you feel happy ... you just feel great. It's something you can't explain. You go home and you have great sex or the greatest hamburger of your life. I don't see that in the competition world. It's all about relief that we made the final or relief that we got the title. I find that so negative ... if you've danced great you don't have to worry that you didn't get the result you wanted or that you've failed. If you have a great experience inside don't put your faith in the judges. Don't put your faith in your teacher. Do it from the inside."
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