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Louis van Amstel

2014 Speaker

Louis van Amstel is a “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer and three-time World Dance Champion. He started dancing at the age of 10, following in his grandparents footsteps, who were competitive ballroom dancers. From the age of 15, van Amstel was traveling the world, representing the Netherlands in major dance competitions in both Ballroom and Latin. At age 16, he left high school to pursue dancing full time, guided by his mentor and coach, Ruud Vermey Ph.D. He then won three world Latin Dance championship gold medals, in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He returned to competitive dancing with partner Karina Smirnoff, and won the United States national championship in 2000. During the summer of 2012, van Amstel started his fitness clothing line, called LVA, and also began a dance fitness program, called LaBlast, which is available on DVD. @louisvanamstel