Six-Time Dancing with the Stars Champion and Judge, NBC's World of Dance
Season after season, millions of fans tuned into Dancing with the Stars to watch Derek Hough, the talented, consummate competitor whose skill and commitment made him the show’s all-time champion. Whether he was dancing with an Olympic gold medalist, an internationally renowned recording star, or a celebrated actress, Derek brought out the best in his partners.
Season after season, millions of fans tuned into Dancing with the Stars to watch Derek Hough, the talented, consummate competitor whose skill and commitment made him the show’s all-time champion. Whether he was dancing with an Olympic gold medalist, an internationally renowned recording star, or a celebrated actress, Derek brought out the best in his partners. He did more than just tutor them in the fox-trot and paso doble—he taught them how to see beyond their limits and realize their true potential.
In a riveting program, Derek opens up about his transformation from bullied little boy to accomplished performer and coach who lets nothing—and no one—stand in his way. On stage, he details how his experiences have taught him to embrace a positive outlook, channel his creativity and drive, and face his fears head-on.
From his early training in London beginning at the age of twelve, to grueling dance competitions around the world, to never-before-told stories from behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars, Derek speaks with honesty and insight about his extraordinary journey. And in sharing his own story, he shows all of us how we can take charge of pursuing our goals, overcome obstacles, and become winners—not just on the dance floor but in life.
In addition to motivating audiences to take action and improve their lives, Derek is also uniquely positioned to discuss specific issues relating to physical wellness and mental health.
Emmy Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, the only six-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend the prestigious Italia Conti performing arts school, where he studied theatre, music and dance.
A multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and 9-time nominee for Outstanding Choreography, Hough has also appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. He made his feature film debut for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in the feature film Make Your Move and has a recurring role on the ABC series Nashville. His stage performances include Radio City Music Hall’s “Spring Spectacular” co-starring alongside the Tony Award-winning Laura Benanti and the critically acclaimed production of Footloose which he starred as the male lead in London’s West End. In December of 2016, Hough starred with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short and Harvey Fierstein in NBC’s Hairspray Live!
In May of 2017, Hough joined Jennifer Lopez and Ne-yo at the judges’ table for the NBC series World of Dance, an unparalleled dance competition that features solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including hip-hop, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, and more. Season two of the hit series launches later this year.
Hough can also add author to his growing list of credits. His memoir Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion hit stands in August of 2014 and rapidly was named to the prestigious New York Times Best-Seller list during two non-consecutive time periods. In 2014, Hough and his sister Julianne teamed for a live stage dance concert MOVE Live on Tour, performing in 50 cities around the country. In 2015, they toured again selling out scores of venues on their 47 city outing. In 2017, they again went on a sold-out tour of 48 cities around the United States with their show Move – Beyond – Live on Tour.
With celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars including Brooke Burke, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Amy Purdy and Bindi Irwin, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. Hough is the winningest professional dancer with six Mirror Ball Trophies. His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability.
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