Derek Hough Biography

Derek Bruce Hough is a choreographer, actor, and singer who specializes in Latin and ballroom dancing. Hough was a professional dancer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars from 2007 to 2016, winning the show six times with his celebrity partners. Hough garnered eleven Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography for his efforts, winning three times. Beginning with the 29th season of the show, Hough became a judge on it. Hough has also performed on stage, including in the Novello Theatre’s West End premiere of Footloose: The Musical and Radio City Music Hall’s 2015 New York Spring Spectacular.
He has appeared in films and television shows such as Make Your Move and Nashville. He played Corny Collins in NBC’s live musical TV-production of Hairspray Live! in 2016. Hough served as a judge on the NBC dance competition series World of Dance from 2017 until 2020.

How old is Derek Hough? – Age

Hough was born on 17 May 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is 37 years as of 2022.

Where did Derek Hough go to school? – Education

Derek attended the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, a prominent performing arts institution.

Derek Hough – Family

Hough grew up in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, as the fourth of five children in a Latter-day Saint household. He has four sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine, and Julianne, and is the son of Marianne and Bruce Hough, who was twice the chairman of the Utah Republican Party. His grandparents were all dancers, and his parents met on a collegiate ballroom dancing team in Idaho. Riker, Rydel, Rocky, Ryland Lynch, and Ross Lynch from R5 are his second cousins; their maternal grandmothers are sisters.

Hough’s divorced parents moved him to London when he was 12 years old to live and learn with dance masters Corky and Shirley Ballas. Julianne Hough, Hough’s sister, arrived in London many months later. Hough had planned to stay in London for three months but ended up staying for ten years (Julianne returned after five years). Along with their own son, Mark Ballas, the Ballases assisted in tutoring the two Hough children at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. They were taught the song, theater, gymnastics, and a variety of dance styles such as jazz, ballet, and tap. The three kids formed their own pop music trio, 2B1G (“2 Boys, 1 Girl”), and competed in dance competitions in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as being featured on UK television shows. Following that, Hough became a teacher at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Hough can play the piano, guitar, drums, and bass in addition to many different types of dance.

Derek Hough’s Wife and Children

Following their pairing on Dancing With the Stars, Hough and actress Shannon Elizabeth had a year-long romance that ended in 2009. In 2011, Hough had a three-month relationship with designer Lauren Conrad. Nina Dobrev and Nikki Reed, as well as British singer Cheryl Cole, are among the other women with whom Hough has been romantically linked.

Since July 2015, Hough has been dating Hayley Erbert, a Dancing With the Stars ensemble dancer. She attended the wedding of Julianne and Brooks Laich, Hough’s sister, in July 2017.

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Is Derek Hough Gay?

He is not gay.

Derek Hough Height

He is 1.78 meters tall.

What is Hough’s Salary?

He receives an annual estimated salary of $1.2 million.

Hough’s Net worth

His net worth is predicted to be $8 million.

Derek Hough Career

Hough spoke publicly about being bullied as a child in Utah. He told People magazine in 2014 about his experiences, saying, “I was hit in the face and smacked across the stomach. I was tangled in trees and abandoned in fields.” Hough also stated that he had forgiven the culprits since then.

Hough and Julianne began dancing together as children with the encouragement of their parents and went on to perform at schools and state fairs. Hough and Julianne relocated to London when they were 13 to attend the famed — and difficult — Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (Hough and Julianne resided with fellow dancer Mark Ballas’ family while in London). This not only boosted their careers but also provided a personal break for Hough, who was going through a divorce.

‘Dancing With the Stars’

For season 5 of Dancing With the Stars, Hough was one of the professional dancers (joining Julianne, who was already a pro dancer on the show). Hough’s responsibilities included not only teaching celebrities how to dance the rumba, tango, paso doble, and jive, but also choreographing a variety of routines. For his work on the show, Hough received multiple Emmy Award nominations in the choreography category, winning in 2013 and 2015. Hough quit Dancing With the Stars in 2016 after a decade on the show, during which he won the Mirror Ball trophy six times with various celebrity partners.


Hough teamed with Jennie Garth of 90210 in his debut season of Dancing With the Stars. The following year, he teamed up with Shannon Elizabeth (from American Pie) in season 6 and Brooke Burke in season 7, winning both seasons. In seasons 8 and 9, Hough collaborated with rapper Lil’ Kim and model Joanna Krupa. Hough won season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger and season 11 with Jennifer Grey from Dirty Dancing.

Hough did not participate in season 12 but returned in 2011 for season 13 to dance with talk-show host Ricki Lake. In seasons 14 and 15, he paired with Maria Menounos and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, respectively. Hough had a successful year in 2013.
Hough won back-to-back awards in 2013 with country singer Kellie Pickler in season 16 and Glee actor Amber Riley in season 17.

In season 18, Hough and Paralympian Amy Purdy wowed audiences; later that year, he danced with YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota for season 19. For season 20, Hough’s initial partner was gymnast Nastia Liukin; for season 21, Hough won for the sixth time with naturalist and Crocodile Hunter progeny Bindi Irwin. During season 23, Hough danced with Taxi actress Marilu Henner.

Movies and TV Shows

  • Dancing with the Stars 2005)
  • World of Dance (2017-2020)
  • Cobu 3D (2013)
  • Hairspray Live! (2016)
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019)
  • Rock Of Ages (2012)
  • The Disney Family Singalong
  • Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event
  • The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (2016)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 (2016)
  • Better with You Television show (2010-2011)
  • Shorebreak (2017)
  • I Believe in You: Michael Buble Film
  • Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)
  • The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration (2016)
  • The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II (2020)
  • Mark and Derek’s Excellent Flip (2015)
  • Family Dance Off (2013)
  • World of Dance Master Class (2018)
  • DanceX (2007)
  • A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy Film
  • Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration Film
  • Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special Film

Music Career

Hough makes music, too, as seen by his formation of the Ballas Hough Band with long-time buddy Mark Ballas.

Hough also danced with musician and friend Lindsey Stirling in the video “The Arena,” which she directed and starred in.

‘Hold On’

A troubled buddy prompted Hough to write “Hold On.” Hough decided to re-record the song and produce a video after learning of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington’s suicide. His purpose was to raise awareness about the issue of suicide, which took his uncle’s life, and to urge men to talk about their thoughts. On November 1, 2017, the new song was released.

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