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Louis van Amstel
Born June 23, 1973 (1973-06-23) (age 36)
Amsterdam
Occupation Choreographer
Dancer

Louis van Amstel (born June 23, 1972, Amsterdam) is a Dutch-born ballroom dance champion[1], professional dancer, choreographer, and a dancesport coach who appears on the U.S. reality television series Dancing with the Stars.[2] Louis and his partner Kelly Osbourne placed third in Dancing With The Stars 9th Season.

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Biography

Van Amstel attended the University of the Arts in Amsterdam and since 1989 has partnered most often with the British dancer Julie Fryer[3]. He is a 7-time Dutch and 3-time world champion ballroom dancer. He is also known in American pop culture for partnering with actress Lisa Rinna in the second season of the American program Dancing with the Stars; he and Rinna came in 4th place. Louis was paired with Trista Sutter for the first season; they were the first couple to be eliminated from the competition. He partnered up with actress Monique Coleman for the show's third season and placed in fourth again. He stated that he did not compete on the fourth season since all of the female celebrities were taller than he, but he nonetheless maintained a role as performer and choreographer throughout the season and season five as well.[4] He recently competed on season six partnered with Priscilla Presley.They were the 5th couple eliminated from the compeitition with their Rumba. He returned to compete in season nine and was partnered with Kelly Osbourne. Louis and Kelly came in third, marking Van Amstel's first trip to the finals. For the tenth season, Louis is partnered with actress Niecy Nash.

Louis is the coach of Dmitry Chaplin, a Latin dancer best known for being a Top 10 finalist on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.[5] Van Amstel has coached standard ballroom to professional ballroom dance competitors such as Nick Kosovich with Katarina Marks and Clive Phillips and Karen McDonald.

Since retiring from competition, he has moved on to choreography and production. He founded the company VanDance, LLC, and directed, produced, choreographed, and performed in the Broadway show Latin Fusion.[6]

Louis has appeared on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (with "Cheryl Burke" and "Ashly DelGrosso") and had a cameo role as himself on ABC's All My Children, where he taught two characters to ballroom dance.[7]

You can catch him every now and again teaching at Center Stage Performing Arts in Orem, Utah. It is the studio where Chelsie Hightower, Ashly DelGrosso, Julianne Hough, and Jared Murillo trained.

He was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for "outstanding choreography" for a group paso doble that was done to the song "O fortuna" sung by Vittorio Grigolo.

He became a citizen of the United States in 2008. He used to live in New York and now resides in Salt Lake City,Utah.

In Summer 2009, Louis began appearing as a ballroom choreorapher on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance

Dancing with the Stars Performances

With celebrity partner Priscilla Presley:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Feeling Good" 8 8 8 N/A
2 Mambo/ "Bossa Nova Hand Dance (Deixa Isso Pra La)" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/ "El Choclo" 8 9 9 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz/ "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" 7 7 8 Bottom Two
5 Rumba/ "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" 7 7 7 Eliminated


Awards

(with partner Julie Fryer)

  • 1990, Dutch Latin champions
    • Finalists in the Blackpool "under 21" category
    • German Open, bronze medal
    • World Latin, bronze medal
  • 1991, Dutch Latin champions
  • 1994, World Amateur Latin Champion
  • 1995, World Amateur Latin Champion
  • 1995, European Amateur Latin Champion
  • 1995, Amateur Grand-Slam Winners (UK-Champions, British Champions, International Champions, European and World Champions)
  • Professional since November 1995
  • 1996, World Professional Showdance Champion

(with partner Karina Smirnoff)

  • 2000, U.S. National Latin champion
  • 2000, Can-Am Dancesport Gala-Canadian Open Professional Championships: 1st place in Open Professional International Latin Division
  • 2000, Japan International Dancing Championships: 1st place in Professional Latin section
  • 2000, Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships: 1st place in Open Professional Latin division

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