Emmy Award winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough 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
As a three-time Emmy Award winner and 13-time nominee, Hough holds the record for
most choreography nominations in Television Academy history. 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 had a recurring role on the ABC series Nashville and in High School Musical
The Musical for Disney+. His stage performances include Radio City Music Hall’s
Spring Spectacular costarring alongside the Tony Award winning Laura Benanti and the
critically acclaimed production of Footloose in 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 2020, Hough joined the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars as part of the judging
panel alongside Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Toniolo. A multi-talented entertainer and
the only six-time champion in franchise history, Hough had previously performed on the
show as a pro-dancer. His mirror ball wins came with celebrity partners that included
Brooke Burke, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie
Pickler, Amber Riley, Amy Purdy and Bindi Irwin.
In May of 2017, Hough joined Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo at the judges table for the NBC
series World of Dance. The show, which he was part of for 4 seasons, launched as the
highest rated summer show in over ten years and was unparalleled dance competition that
featured solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance,
including hip hop, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, and more competing for a
million-dollar prize.
Hough can also add best-selling author to his 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, a rare feat.
Hough completed his first solo national tour, Derek Hough Live: The Tour in 2019
during which he performed in nearly 60 cities around the country. Prior to that, 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 performed a sold-out tour of 48 cities
around the United States with their show Move – Beyond – Live on Tour.
In 2021 and 2022, Hough headlined his residency Derek Hough: No Limit in the
entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. The critically acclaimed dance-
centric show at the Venetian Resort takes Fans on a journey through a true fusion of
dance and music, as Hough explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa, hip-
hop and everything in between.