'Dancing With the Stars': Niecy Nash and Pamela Anderson dance for causes

niecy-nash-louis-van-cause2.jpgOn Monday (April 5) night's "Dancing With the Stars," Niecy Nash and Pamela Anderson both danced in the name of a bigger cause.

Niecy Nash took the stage with Louis Van Amstel to dance a waltz in the characters of an interracial couple from half a century ago -- when the law didn't allow marriage between such couples.

Nash teared up in rehearsals when she imagined not being able to be with the person she loves because a law said so. For Van Amstel, who is openly gay, the issue is current and personal. When co-host Brooke Burke asked Van Amstel what the dance meant to him, he replied that he "wanted to celebrate how far we've come in the last 40 years ... everyone should be able to get married."

Pamela Anderson, long-time animal activist, got assigned the paso doble (a dance modeled after the the Spanish bullfight) for Monday's performance. The actress jumped at the chance to speak out against bullfighting, and she and partner Damian Whitewood named their paso doble "Dance, Don't Bullfight." Anderson even got a visit from actress/singer and fellow anti-bullfighting activist Charo, who showed her some Flamenco moves that put a little extra spice in her step.

And it turns out that both Nash and Anderson got 7s across the board from the judges. Perhaps a sign that both their causes have luck on their side?

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