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Derek Hough Biography

Derek Hough


Date of Birth
17 December 1985, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

5' 10" (1.78 m)

  • His first professional role was that of Ren McCormick in the musical adaptation of Footloose (1984). His sister, Julianne Hough, stars in the remake of said film, Footloose (2011), as Ariel Moore.
  • Moved to London at age 12 and lived there for 10 years, before moving to Los Angeles to star on Dancing with the Stars (2005).
  • At age 18, he debuted in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and stayed with the show for the final six months of its run at the London Palladium.
  • Last name is pronounced "Huff".
  • Uncles: Scott Hough, Charlie Hough.
  • Grandparents: Colleen and Bob Hough.
  • Mother: Marianne Nelson (Stepfather: Aaron Nelson) Father: Bruce Hough (Stepmother: Debra Hough).
  • Attended and graduated from the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London.
  • (August 8, 2009) Broke up with Shannon Elizabeth. They met when they were partnered together on Dancing with the Stars (2005) in Spring 2008.
  • Good friends with Cheryl. They met when Derek choreographed and starred in her music video for her hit single, Parachute.
  • Has 8 nieces and nephews - Paris, Willow, Star, Bronson and Quaid Wise (from sister Sharee Hough). Aidan Poole (from sister Mara Beth Hough). Ariana and Adilyn Phillips (from sister Katherine Hough).
  • Brother of Julianne Hough, Katherine Hough, Mara Beth Hough and Sharee Hough.
  • Nephew of John Hough and Tina Hough, owners of the Roosevelt Hotel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
  • He is a second cousin of Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch and Rydel Lynch, of the band, "R5", and of their brother, Ryland Lynch, the band manager. Their maternal grandmothers are sisters. He has English, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Danish, Swedish, and French ancestry.
  • A world champion of Latin and ballroom dancing.
  • Cousin of Lorien Hough-Cord.
  • He and partner Jennifer Grey are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 11. [November 2010]
  • He and partner Kellie Pickler are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 16. [May 2013]
  • He and partner Brooke Burke are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 7. [November 2008]
  • He and partner Nicole Scherzinger are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 10. [May 2010]
  • He and partner Amber Riley are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 17. [November 2013]
  • Best friends with Mark Ballas.
  • Has been in a relationship with dancer Hayley Erbert since June 2015.
  • Brother-in-law of Brooks Laich.
  • Trademarks:
  • Blond hair and blue eyes
  • Quotes
  • The road called "Someday" leads to a town called "Nowhere".
  • You don't have to be good at something in order to get started. You just have to get started in order to be good at it.
  • I believe that Friedrich Nietzsche had a superb point when he said, "That which does not kill us, makes us stronger." I'm the first person to agree with you that a nemesis really is a teacher in disguise, that conflicts are actually opportunities for proving yourself. Most adversity in fact presents chances for unlocking passion, love, inner strength, and personal freedom. Just don't be the guy who had one kung-fu lesson and then strolled into a barroom full of Hell's Angels to test it out.
  • My sisters - particularly Julianne - and I never fight among ourselves, if we can avoid it. We just have too much admiration, respect, and fondness for each other. If Jules and I can't agree on how to do something together, unless we can try it both ways, we'll play "dueling shoes" - like in DELIVERANCE, only with dancing instead of banjos - and whoever breaks the rhythm gives in.

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