DEREK HOUGH

 

Emmy Award winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, the only six time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, 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 dance.
    
    A multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and 8 time nominee for Best Choreography, 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 has a recurring role on the ABC series Nashville. 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 which he starred as the male lead in London's West End. Hough will take the stage again in 2017 when he stars in the role Gene Kelly made famous in the Harvey Weinstein production of Singin’ in the Rain on Broadway. In December of 2016, Hough stars with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short and Harvey Fierstein in NBC’s Hairspray Live!
    
    In 2017, Hough will join Jennifer Lopez and Ne-yo at the judges table for the NBC series World of Dance. “World of Dance,” is described as an unparalleled dance competition that will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including hip hop, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, and more. The winner will receive a grand prize of $1 million. Hough can also add author to his growing 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. In 2014 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.
    
    With celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars that have included Brooke Burke, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Amy Purdy and Bindi Irwin, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. Hough is the winningest professional dancer with six Mirror Ball Trophies. His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability. 


 

JULIANNE HOUGH

 

A true triple-threat, Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough is known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She became a household name as a two-time professional champion on ABC’s top-rated “Dancing With the Stars” before making a seamless transition to award-winning recording artist and accomplished actress. Her film credits include “Safe Haven” opposite Josh Duhamel, Diablo Cody’s "Paradise” with Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, “Rock of Ages” with Tom Cruise and the 2011 remake of the classic movie musical, “Footloose.” In January 2016, she fulfilled a lifelong dream, playing the role of Sandy in FOX Television’s critical and ratings hit, “Grease Live!,” which was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards, winning four awards including Outstanding Special Class Program. In 2014, Julianne and her brother, Derek, produced, co-directed and starred in MOVE Live on Tour, which sold out across North America. They followed that success with an all-new production, which hit over 40 cities in 2015. She earned Emmy nominations in 2008 and 2009 for Best Choreography, winning the award in 2015 for choreographing, along with Derek and Tessandra Chavez, their memorable performance of Sia’s “Elastic Heart.” She returned to the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom as a judge for three seasons in 2014-15 and again in Fall 2016. In 2015, she launched her lifestyle website and blog, Jules (juliannehough.com). She has a long-term partnership with MPG Activewear, including curated collections and capsule collections designed by Julianne. In celebration of the iconic brand’s 35th anniversary and introduction of the new Giorgio Beverly Hills Glam, Julianne was recently announced as the face of Giorgio Beverly Hills Fragrances. Julianne executive produced and she and Derek hosted two new holiday specials that aired on ABC on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. In addition to her performing career, Julianne is also active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts, including numerous causes and organizations that serve women and girls.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY: NAPPYTABS

 

Napoleon and Tabith are world-renowned choreographer/directors best known for their Emmy Award winning work on the FOX hit television show So You Think You Can Dance.

The duo, also known as Nappytabs, have been an integral part in the success of hit shows like American Idol, Mobbed, and America’s Best Dance Crew. The team has also worked with such icons as Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Will I Am, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Aguilera. In addition, they have choreographed Cirque du Soleil shows, Beatles LOVE, Jabbawockeez Prism and MJ Immortal.