Derek Bruce Hough (/ ˈ h ʌ f /; born May 17, 1985) is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer, actor and singer.. From 2007 to 2016, Hough was a professional dancer on the ABC dance-competition series Dancing with the Stars, winning the show a record-breaking six times with his celebrity partners.
Six-time “ Dancing With the Stars ” Mirrorball champion and current “Dancing With the Stars” judge Derek Hough is not immune to indulging in petty rivalries. One, in particular, is with his sister, professional dancer,
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Derek Hough was born on May 17, 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He is an actor, known for Dancing with the Stars (2005), Hairspray Live! (2016) and Nashville (2012). See full bio »
Oct 29, 2020 · Derek Hough, the son of Marianne and Bruce Hough, is from Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. All of his grandparents were dancers, and his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in...
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Derek Hough was one of the professional dancers on Dancing With the Stars for multiple seasons between 2007 and 2016, winning a record six times with his celebrity partners. A gifted choreographer, he's received two Emmy Awards for his choreography on Dancing With the Stars. Hough spent his teen years in London, where he perfected his skills as a ballroom and Latin dancer; he was the Latin world champion by the time he was 18. He's toured with his younger sister, fellow dancer Julianne Hough, and has been in stage productions, movies and television shows, including as a judge on World of Dance. Hough also wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion(2014).
Hough was born on May 17, 1985, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hough grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints along with his three older sisters, plus younger sister Julianne. His parents, Mari Anne and Bruce, met on a college ballroom dance team; all of his grandparents were dancers as well. Hough has been open about being bullied as a boy in Utah. Describing his experiences to Peoplemagazine in 2014, he said, "I was punched in the face, pretty aggressively in the stomach. I was tied up in trees and left in fields." Hough also noted he'd since forgiven the perpetrators. With encouragement from their parents, Hough and Julianne began dancing together as children and went on to perform at schools and state fairs. When Hough was 13, he and Julianne moved to London to attend the renowned — and demanding — dance school Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (while in London, Hough and Julianne lived with fellow dancer Mark Ballas' family). This not only advanced th...
In 2007 Hough became one of the dancing pros on Dancing With the Stars for season 5 (joining Julianne, who was already a pro dancer on the show). This job not only called for Hough to teach celebrities how to perform dances like the rumba, tango, paso doble or jive, he had to choreograph a variety of routines. Hough went on to receive multiple Emmy Award nominations in the choreography category for his work on the show, winning in 2013 and 2015. After a decade — during which Hough became a six-time recipient of the Mirror Ball trophy alongside different celebrity partners — he left Dancing With the Starsin 2016. Hough returned as a judge in season 29.
In addition to his great success as a dancer and choreographer, Hough makes music, such as when he and longtime friend Mark Ballas formed the Ballas Hough Band. Hough also directed and starred in the video for Michael Bublé's "I Believe In You," and danced with violinist and friend Lindsey Stirling in the video "The Arena."
In 2006 Hough was the lead in a West End production of Footloose. He appeared in the New York Spring Spectacularat Radio City Music Hall in 2015, though an injury kept him from some performances. Hough was slated to star in a Broadway production of Singin' in the Rainin 2017, but the project was delayed.
In addition to his Emmy wins, Hough's choreography skills were recognized by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The pair did a routine choreographed by Hough at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, where they won the gold medal (a first for the United States in that sport). When he was 22, Hough was a choreographer for the BBC reality show DanceX.
Since then, Hough and Julianne have often worked together. Their time on Dancing With the Stars overlapped, and they also headlined the successful dancing tours Move Live on Tour and Move Beyond Live on Tour. In addition, the two faced off on Lip Sync Battle in 2015 (Julianne won), and the siblings later co-hosted The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration in 2016 and the variety special Holidays With the Houghs in 2019.
After Hough and actress Shannon Elizabeth were paired on Dancing With the Stars, the two began a year-long relationship that ended in 2009. Hough dated designer Lauren Conrad for about three months in 2011. Among the other women that Hough has been romantically linked to are actresses Nina Dobrev and Nikki Reed, and British singer Cheryl Cole. Hough and Hayley Erbert, a troupe dancer on Dancing With the Stars, have been a couple since July 2015. In July 2017, she accompanied Hough to the wedding of his sister Julianne and Brooks Laich.
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Jun 07, 2021 · Derek Hough paid tribute to Dick Van Dyke and his iconic career in the way he knows best–through dance. The entertainment icon was one of the honorees at the 2021 Kennedy Center Awards, and ...
Apr 20, 2013 · Derek Hough (DH): Zack and Miss Jen have a history with one another, both romantically and competitively, I suppose. Just like any type of high school romance, there’s a bit of heartbreak or disappointment—or whatever it might be—going on. And now, with Zack coming back onto the scene, there’s a connection there.
Oct 20, 2020 · Now entering the thick of the competition, DWTS has been made even juicier with the return of six-time Mirrorball Trophy winner and judge, Derek Hough. On Oct. 19, 2020, the professional dancer...
May 14, 2021 · Getty Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert attend the Netflix 2020 Golden Globes After Party on January 05, 2020. “Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer turned judge Derek Hough recently ...
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