Derek Hough

Derek Hough

Date of Birth

Birthday: May 17
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Derek Hough is a multi-talented entertainer, author, two-time Emmy Award winner and eight-time nominee for Outstanding Choreography. He is also the only six-time champion of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars. Derek's memoir Taking the Lead; Lessons from a Life in Motion was named to the prestigious New York Times Best-Seller list.

Derek Hough is a multi-talented entertainer, author, two-time Emmy Award winner and eight-time nominee for Outstanding Choreography. He is also the only six-time champion of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars. Derek's memoir Taking the Lead; Lessons from a Life in Motion was named to the prestigious New York Times Best-Seller list.

In 2014 and 2015 Hough and his sister Julianne teamed for a live stage dance concert MOVE Live on Tour performing in cities around the country. In 2016, Hough starred in NBC's Hairspray Live! Later this year, he moves to Broadway in the Harvey Weinstein production of Singin' in the Rain where he will star as Don Lockwood, the role Gene Kelly made famous.

Hough's upcoming work will also include joining Jennifer Lopez and Ne-yo at the judges table for World of Dance, a dance competition program that will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance.

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Awards & Nominations

9 Nominations | 2 Emmys
Outstanding Choreography - 2017
Outstanding Choreography - 2016
  • Nominee
  • Derek Hough, Choreographer
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Routines: Footprints In The Sand/Grace Kelly/Cry Little Sister"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Outstanding Choreography - 2015
  • Winner
  • Derek Hough, Choreographer
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Routine: Elastic Heart"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Outstanding Choreography - 2014
  • Nominee
  • Derek Hough, Choreographer
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Routines: Human / Ameksa / Too Darn Hot"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Outstanding Choreography - 2013
Outstanding Choreography - 2013
  • Winner
  • Derek Hough
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Routines: Hey Pachuco / Para Los Rumberos / Walking On Air"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Outstanding Choreography - 2010
  • Nominee
  • Derek Hough, Choreographer
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Routines: Futuristic Paso Doble/Living On Video & Quickstep/Anything Goes"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Outstanding Choreography - 2010
  • Nominee
  • Derek Hough, Choreographer
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Routine: Paso Doble/Malaquena"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Outstanding Choreography - 2009
  • Nominee
  • Derek Hough, Choreographer
  • Dancing With The Stars
  • "Jive / Great Balls of Fire"
  • ABC
  • BBC Worldwide Productions
Derek Hough and Carrie Anna Inaba on stage at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough on the Red Carpet at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Padma Lakshmi, Derek Hough
Derek Hough
Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough and Travis Wall at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.
Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Fred Tallaksen, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, and Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Choreographers from Dancing with the Stars & So You Think You Can Dance at the Creative Arts Ball.
Derek Hough and Lori Greiner present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Kelsey McCowan and Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
Derek Hough and Ekaterina Fedosova at "Whose Dance Is It Anyway?" February 16, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Nollywood, California.
Derek Hough and Ekaterina Fedosova perform at "Whose Dance Is It Anyway?" February 16, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Nollywood, California.
Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Derek Hough at the 2016 Creative Arts Ball.
Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.
RuPaul Charles accepts an award at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough on stage at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Travis Wall and Derek Hough at the 2015 Creative Arts Ball.
Derek Hough, Tessandra Chavez and Julianne Hough accept their award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Travis Wall backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Derek Hough and Julianne Hough backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Derek Hough, Travis Wall and Cat Deely backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Derek Hough, Tessandra Chavez and Julianne Hough accept their award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough and Julianne Hough on the Red Carpet at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
Jimmy Fallon (l) Derek Hough (c) and Julianne Hough (r) arrive at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Choreographer Derek Hough and a guest take a selfie at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Derek Hough at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (front) with choreography nominees (l-r): Mandy Moore, Tabitha D'Umo, Napoleon D'Umo, Travis Wall and Derek Hough at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
Travis Wall of So You Think You Can Dance and Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars arrive for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
Derek Hough arrives at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
Derek Hough, Tabitha D'umo and Napoleon D'umo
Derek Hough and Johnny Carson
Choreographers' video shoot
Derek Hough at the Governor's Ball
Derek Hough at the Governors Ball
Derek Hough on stage at the 65th Emmys
Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Sonya Tayeh, Napoleon Dumo, Neil Patrick Harris, Tabitha Dumo, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore on stage at the 65th Emmys
Derek Hough backstage at the 65th Emmys
Mandy Moore, Napoleon Dumo, Tabitha Dumo, Travis Wall, and Derek Hough on stage at the 65th Emmys
Derek Hough on the Red Carpet at the 65th Emmys
Jane Fonda, Derek Hough, Dan Bucatinsky, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara
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Derek Hough and Carrie Anna Inaba on stage at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough and Carrie Anna Inaba on stage at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough on the Red Carpet at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
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Derek Hough on the Red Carpet at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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Padma Lakshmi, Derek Hough
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Padma Lakshmi and Derek Hough present an award at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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Derek Hough
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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough and Travis Wall at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.
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Derek Hough and Travis Wall at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.

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Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Fred Tallaksen, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, and Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Fred Tallaksen, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, and Derek Hough on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Choreographers from Dancing with the Stars & So You Think You Can Dance at the Creative Arts Ball.
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Choreographers from Dancing with the Stars & So You Think You Can Dance at the Creative Arts Ball.

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Derek Hough and Lori Greiner present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough and Lori Greiner present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Kelsey McCowan and Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Kelsey McCowan and Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
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Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Derek Hough attend the Choreography Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles.

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2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
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Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough attend the Choreography Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles.

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2017 Choreography Nominee Reception
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Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough attend the Choreography Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles.

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Derek Hough and Ekaterina Fedosova at "Whose Dance Is It Anyway?" February 16, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Nollywood, California.
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Derek Hough and Ekaterina Fedosova at "Whose Dance Is It Anyway?" February 16, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Nollywood, California.

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Derek Hough and Ekaterina Fedosova perform at "Whose Dance Is It Anyway?" February 16, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Nollywood, California.
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Derek Hough and Ekaterina Fedosova perform at "Whose Dance Is It Anyway?" February 16, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Nollywood, California.

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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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Derek Hough at the 2016 Creative Arts Ball.
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Derek Hough at the 2016 Creative Arts Ball.

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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.

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RuPaul Charles accepts an award at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.
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RuPaul Charles accepts an award at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Marilu Henner and Derek Hough on stage at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Marilu Henner and Derek Hough on stage at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Derek Hough on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.  

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Travis Wall and Derek Hough at the 2015 Creative Arts Ball.
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Travis Wall and Derek Hough at the 2015 Creative Arts Ball. 

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Derek Hough, Tessandra Chavez and Julianne Hough accept their award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Derek Hough, Tessandra Chavez and Julianne Hough accept their award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Travis Wall backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Travis Wall backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Derek Hough backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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Derek Hough and Julianne Hough backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Derek Hough and Julianne Hough backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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Derek Hough, Travis Wall and Cat Deely backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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Derek Hough, Travis Wall and Cat Deely backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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Derek Hough, Tessandra Chavez and Julianne Hough accept their award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough, Tessandra Chavez and Julianne Hough accept their award at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough and Julianne Hough on the Red Carpet at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough and Julianne Hough on the red carpet at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.

 

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Jimmy Fallon (l) Derek Hough (c) and Julianne Hough (r) arrive at the 66th Emmy Awards.
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Jimmy Fallon (l) Derek Hough (c) and Julianne Hough (r) arrive at the 66th Emmy Awards.

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Choreographer Derek Hough and a guest take a selfie at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
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Choreographer Derek Hough and a guest take a selfie at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Derek Hough at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Derek Hough at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson (front) with choreography nominees (l-r): Mandy Moore, Tabitha D'Umo, Napoleon D'Umo, Travis Wall and Derek Hough at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson (front) with choreography nominees (l-r): Mandy Moore, Tabitha D'Umo, Napoleon D'Umo, Travis Wall and Derek Hough at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.

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Travis Wall of So You Think You Can Dance and Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars arrive for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Travis Wall of So You Think You Can Dance and Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars arrive for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
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Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars arrives for the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

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Derek Hough arrives at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.
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Derek Hough arrives at the Choreographers Nominee Reception in North Hollywood, California.

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Derek Hough, Tabitha D'umo and Napoleon D'umo
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Derek Hough and Johnny Carson
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Debra Levine
Choreographers' video shoot
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Debra Levine
Derek Hough at the Governor's Ball
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Derek Hough at the Governors Ball
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Derek Hough on stage at the 65th Emmys
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Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Sonya Tayeh, Napoleon Dumo, Neil Patrick Harris, Tabitha Dumo, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore on stage at the 65th Emmys
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Derek Hough backstage at the 65th Emmys
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Mandy Moore, Napoleon Dumo, Tabitha Dumo, Travis Wall, and Derek Hough on stage at the 65th Emmys
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Derek Hough on the Red Carpet at the 65th Emmys
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Jane Fonda, Derek Hough, Dan Bucatinsky, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara
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