Dancing with the Stars: Derek Hough

Derek Hough was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and in 1998 went to London with his sister, Julianne Hough to study ballroom dancing with Corky and Shirley Ballas.

Hough and Mark Ballas, the only son of Corky and Shirley, formed a pop group with Julianne, but Julianne as begun a solo career as a country singer.  The Hough and Ballas Band was for a time called Almost Amy, but now is called Ballas Hough Band (BHB). On his sister’s self-titled debut album, he and his sister sing a duet (“Dreaming Under the Same Moon”)

Hough was the lead in the London production of the musical version of “Footloose.” His sister will reportedly be in the movie version of the musical. He has appeared in music videos such as “99 Times” (Kate Voegele), “Download” (Lil Kim) and “Parachute” (Cheryl Cole).

Dance achievements:

  • With Chelsie Hightower, nominated for a Emmy for “Paso Doble Malagueña” dance choreographed by DWTS-2010.
  • Two other Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominations (2010 and 2009)
  • Starred as Ren in the original cast of London’s “Footloose: The Musical” in 2006
  • IDSF World Youth Latin Champion 2002 (with partner Aneta Piotrowska)• World Under 21 Latin American Champion
    • Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool)
    • Two-time International ‘Open to the World Champion’
    • Two-time US Open Champion

AGE: 25

BIRTH DATE: 17 May 1985 (Taurus)


  • Jennie Garth (Season 5)
  • Shannon Elizabeth (Season 6)
  • Brooke Burke (Season 7)-Won.
  • Lil’ Kim (Season 8 )
  • Joanna Krupa (Season 9)
  • Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10)-Won.


Website: MySpace


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 20, 2010, in Corky Ballas, Derek Hough, Jennifer Grey, Mark Ballas, Professional Dancers and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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