LOS ANGELES (KABC) — On this Thanksgiving Day, “Dancing with the Stars” pro Louis van Amstel thanks his two adopted sons.
Yes, he has three world dance titles and a successful fitness business, but being a father has changed Louis’ life.
He remembered a story that happened to his son at school one day.
“The substitute teacher asked the kids, ‘So what are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?’ And it was Daniel’s turn. And he said, ‘To finally be adopted by both of my fathers.’ The moment he said the word “fathers,” she didn’t miss a moment and said, “Why would you be grateful for that?”
When that happened a few years ago, the famous dancer didn’t play down his feelings about what the substitute teacher said. He took to social media and said his son had been bullied. The story was picked up around the world and this teacher lost her job.
Louis van Amstel got his job on “Dancing With The Stars” in the first season.
Now, at 50, he’s returning for season 31, the show’s oldest professional ever.
“Yes!” he said, “And I’m proud of it!”
When van Amstel danced with Lisa Rinna in season two, he began teaching dance fitness classes at a studio in Sherman Oaks.
As he danced with Kelly Osbourne, he decided he could turn his class into a company. He called it La Blast.
“And we’re in 10 countries now,” he said. “And we have 4 to 5,000 people who are certified to teach La Blast. And we have an on-demand program that’s growing. Thank you, Dancing with the Stars.”
After van Amstel married his husband Josh, they decided to adopt an older child through foster care. They soon had two sons, now 13 and 14. Van Amstel is open to finding permanent families for children in this country who need loving families.
“And because it’s a state adoption, you actually get support from the federal government until the kids are 18 – Medicaid – you get support, so much support,” van Amstel said. “And it took us, I’m not kidding, nine months from start to finish. So we felt pregnant!”
When it comes to his sons, he enjoys that moment every father waits for.
“The first time your son, your adopted son, says ‘father.’ When you have a child, you wait for that first word from birth. That’s the word. We missed those 10 years. So it’s all for them to say ‘daddy,'” he said.
Copyright © 2022 KABC Television, LLC. All rights reserved.
https://abc7.com/dancing-with-the-stars-louis-van-amstel-adopted-sons/12490683/ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Louis van Amstel is grateful for fatherhood with his 2 adopted sons