Derek Hough

Derek Hough

May. 17th, 1985
Born in
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
5' 10

Derek Hough's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
World of Dance TV Show
World of Dance
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip TV Show
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip

Main Movie Roles

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Derek Hough (May 17, 1985) is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer, actor, producer, singer, songwriter and musician. He is known for his work, since September 2007, on the ABC dance-competition series Dancing with the Stars, on which he has won a record five seasons. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for several routines that he choreographed for the show.

Hough grew up the fourth of five children in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. He has four sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine who are older and 'Julianne', who is younger. All four of Hough's grandparents were dancers, and his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college, in Idaho. He is a cousin to Riker, Rydel, Rocky, and Ross Lynch from R5.

When Hough was 12 years old, his parents sent him to London to live and study with dance coaches, 'Corky' and 'Shirley Ballas'. Hough's sister Julianne joined him in London several months later. Originally intending to stay for a year, Hough remained in London for ten years. ('Julianne' returned after five years.) The Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, 'Mark Ballas', schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. They received training in song, theater, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") and performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased UK television show.

He attended and subsequently taught at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

A world champion in Latin American Dance, Hough has appeared since September 2007 on the hit U.S. television series Dancing with the Stars, where he is the only four-time champion in the show's history with 'Brooke Burke', 'Nicole Scherzinger', 'Jennifer Grey' and 'Kellie Pickler', two time finalist with 'Ricki Lake' and 'Shawn Johnson', three-time semi-finalist with 'Jennie Garth', 'Joanna Krupa', and 'Maria Menounos', and a quarter-finalist with 'Lil' Kim'.

Hough has earned five Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography for his work on the show. The first one was in 2009 when he shared a nomination with his younger sister 'Julianne Hough' for their Jive routine to "Great Balls on Fire". The second and third ones were in 2010; one as choreographer for his Futuristic Paso Doble routine to "Living on Video" danced with 'Joanna Krupa' on season 9 and his Quickstep routine to "Anything goes" danced with 'Nicole Scherzinger' on season 10 and one shared with 'Chelsie Hightower' for their Paso Doble routine to "Malaquena". The last two ones for 2013 are still pending; one as choreographer for his Quickstep routine to "Hey Pachuco", his Mambo routine to "Para Los Rumberos" (both danced with 'Shawn Johnson' on All-stars season 15) and his routine to "Walking On Air" (danced with 'Jaimie Goodwin' on season 16) and one shared with 'Alison Holker' for their two contemporary routines to "Heart Cry" (danced with 'Alison Holker', 'Melanie Moore', 'Jessica Lee Keller' and 'Katherine McCormick' on Season 16) and to "Stars" danced with 'Brilynn Rakes' on Season 16.

Prior to joining Dancing With the Stars, Hough starred as Ren in the 2006 original cast production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London's West End, as well as on the 2006 UK national tour. Hough's West End performance earned him a nomination as The Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year in the Theatregoers' Choice Awards. Hough made his Broadway debut on January 8, 2010, starring with 'Kym Johnson' and 'Mary Murphy' in Burn the Floor for the final four performances of the show's Broadway run. A founding member of the Ballas Hough Band (formerly Almost Amy), Hough shares lead vocals, plays guitar and has several songwriting credits on the band's self-titled debut CD, released by Hollywood Records in March 2009.

Before this, Hough's theatre work included playing the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Millfield Theatre, and dancing in the company in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

Hough is a former IDSF World Youth Latin Champion (2002) for Poland with Aneta Piotrowska. He has won the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and the New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.


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