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Derek Hough Biography

Birth Place:
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Professional ballroom dancer, reality cast member

Fast Facts

  • At the age of 12, moved to London with his sister Julianne to train with champion dance coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas
  • Starred as Ren McCormack in a 2006 production of Footloose in London's West End
  • In 2007, appeared as a choreographer for Bruno Tonioli's team on the British reality show Dance X
  • Cofounded the pop-rock group Ballas Hough Band with longtime best friend and DWTS castmate Mark Ballas; released their self-titled debut album in 2009 where it landed in Billboard's Top 100
  • Supporter of the Donald Driver foundation, an organization that helps homeless families and improves educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth


  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: winner
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: winner
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated