Dancing with the Stars: Louis Van Amstel

Louis Van Amstel was born in Amsterdam and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2008. He is a professional Emmy-award nominated choreographer and Dancesport coach and has been seen on “So You Think You Can Dance.”  He attended the University of the Arts in Amsterdam and has partnered with British dancer Julie Fryer.

Van Amstel formed a company called VanDance, LLC for choreography and production. He choreographed and performed in a Broadway show called “Latin Fusion.” He sometimes teaches at the Center Stage Performing Arts studio in Orem, Utah.

Van Amstel is openly gay and introduced his boyfriend on “Chelsea Lately.”

Van Amstel coaches another fellow DWTS pro, Dmitry Chaplin who finished second during season 10, dancing with Mya.

Dance achievements:

  • 2007 Emmy nomination for at DWTS group paso doble (“O fortuna” sung by Vittorio Grigolo)

(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
    • Professional World Latin Finalist

(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

AGE: 38

BIRTH DATE: 23 June 1972 (Cancer)


  • Trista Sutter (Season 1)
  • Lisa Rinna (Season 2)-Finished 4th.
  • Monique Coleman (Season 3)-Finished 4th.
  • Priscilla Presley (Season 5)
  • Kelly Osbourne (Season 9)-Finished third.
  • Niecy Nash (Season 10)


Website: Dancing with Louis


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 20, 2010, in Louis Van Amstel, Margaret Cho, Professional Dancers and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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