Here’s Part 2 of my interview with Louis Van Amstel. Click here to read Part 1.
How difficult is the dreaded ‘Dancing With the Stars’ elimination night?
‘I find the results show … more nerve wracking than the main show…. Dancing you can somehow control because it’s in your hands…. If you’re waiting for the results … When you’re standing there and you get the red light – it’s almost like (in a flash) your life ends. It’s so dramatic sometimes…. With Kelly (Osbourne), I had it four weeks in a row – we were the last couple safe…. The more passion you have for the reason you’re on the show or the closer you are with your partner, the more nerve wracking it is because you don’t want the journey to end,’ Van Amstel said.
With so much experience under his belt, does Van Amstel get nervous before a performance?
‘I always get nervous,’ he shared. Nerves are good – if you don’t have nerves, you have no passion for what you do,’ Van Amstel continued.
Contrary to what you might think, Van Amstel doesn’t eat chocolate cake before a performance – quite the opposite.
Van Amstel told Examiner, ‘I’m a very spiritual guy – I have my candles and I relax. To calm down, I have to be very spiritual and stretch to balance me out.’
It’s obvious when talking with Van Amstel what an incredibly positive man he is. He believes we need to ‘stop labeling’ others and he’s very passionate on the subject.
‘Even calling someone a name (even if it’s a joke) is the beginning of bullying. One person means it as a joke and the next means it as a serious message…. I’ve hated labels for the past ten years….,’ he said.
It’s evident by watching him on TV that Van Amstel is a giver. It’s much more than the materialistic giving you may be thinking of. Among other things, this incredible man gives support, knowledge, and power to his students. Van Amstel credits his mother for teaching him the importance of giving.
‘My mom has always told me, integrity goes a long way and the more you give, the more you get,’ he shared.
With all that he has to offer, does Van Amstel see parenthood in his future?
‘I love kids. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a parent – I think I will adopt…. I love educating. I love to bring out spirit,’ he shared.
And on the subject of kids, one of Van Amstel’s many passions is GLSEN –‘the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.’ Click this link to learn more about GLSEN.
Van Amstel is passionate and knowledgeable about so many topics including health, fitness, the arts, and empowerment – so would he consider hosting a talk show?
‘I would love to. I’m not there to provoke or change people’s minds – I just want dialogue….,’ he said with enthusiasm.
As you can see, Van Amstel is more than a dancer. He’s a supportive teacher, a role model, an artist, and an all around positive force – those who know him are incredibly lucky.
About himself, Van Amstel says, ‘What you see on TV is what you get.’
That’s very true. Van Amstel is exactly like you think he is. He’s focused, positive, inspiring, uplifting, kind, funny, sincere, and interesting.
‘It’s harder work being yourself than it is just putting on a front,’ Van Amstel said. ‘I am Louis and I have passion for what I do…,’ he told me with conviction.
To bring the Van Amstel into your home and learn to ballroom dance like a pro, pick up ‘Louis Lets Dance’ DVD set. A portion of the proceeds from the DVD set will benefit The American Heart Association.
For more on Louis Van Amstel, visit his official website or follow him on Twitter.