Derek Hough’s “Taking The Lead” Book Tour Schedule

Below is information on Derek’s “Taking The Lead: Lessons From A Life In Motion” Book Signing Tour. We’ve also added this information to our Pure Derek Hough Calendar for easy reference which you can find in the top or side bars or click this link. If you are in or travelling to any of these destinations on these dates, be sure to stop in, buy a book or two (they would make great gifts for any Derek Hough or Dancing With The Stars fan) and say “hi” to Derek. If you can’t attend, Derek’s book will be available in book stores everywhere and in online stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

August 5, 2014 at 7:00pm: Bookends, East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ

August 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM:
Barnes & Noble, 2245 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY
August 6, 2014 at 7:00pm: Barnes & Noble, 91 Old Country Rd, Carle Place, NY

August 7, 2014 at 7:00pm: RJ Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT

August 8, 2014 at 7:00pm: Mohegan Sun “The Shops”, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT

August 9, 2014 at 7:00pm: King’s English Bookshop, 1511 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT

August 11, 2014 at 7:00pm: Barnes & Noble, 189 Grove Dr K30, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Continue reading

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Welcome to Pure Derek Hough!

This is a site for fans of Derek Hough. We try our best to compile all news, pictures, music and videos about and by Derek – if you find something you think we’ve missed, feel free to contact us. If you are a new fan of Derek’s and want to learn more about him, the “Accomplishments” and “Biography” buttons to the left contain pages of what we know (or think we know). ;-)

Also to the left is a music section where you can find music by Ballas Hough, Derek’s band, and songs that Derek has danced to on Dancing with the Stars. Complete with iTunes links.

If you want to see old posts, there are two ways: 1) by the media buttons to the left, or; 2) by month under the “Derek Archives” buttons also on the left-hand side of this page.

Questions? Click Contact Us. And Welcome!

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Derek Hough in the August Issue of Angelino Magazine

Looking gorgeous as per usual. I believe that Angelino is a Los Angeles Magazine – I haven’t figured out all the details yet…and I haven’t figured out how to buy it yet…but I have seen one of the photos and I LOVE the jacket he’s wearing.

ETA: Okay, you don’t have to buy it, you can see it for free and it’s just the one page which Derek shows on his facebook. I think. :-)

Derek in Angelino Magazine

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Derek Hough to Appear on “Watch What Happens Live”

Well, I had no clue this show existed until Maks appeared on it the other day with Joan Rivers. I guess it’s a “funny” talk show type thing. We’ll find out, since Derek is appearing with Tyra Banks – should be interesting.  I’m losing track of all of Derek’s irons in all his different fires. :-)  He’ll be on the day his book is released. From The WWHL Diaries (I’m guessing NO):

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – DEREK HOUGH and TYRA BANKS

Who are you excited to see on the show? Will you be calling in? What burning questions do you have for these guests? Will Derek take off his shirt live on air since Maksim wouldn’t?

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Pure Derek Hough “Move Live On Tour” Reflecting Back Questionnaire

So, now that the tour is over and it’s settled in our minds a little, here are some questions to see how you feel in reflecting back and celebrating this special time in Derek and Julianne’s career…as well as their amazing cast of dancers. Answer these questions to the best of your ability or for what comes to mind first in comments. Note: if you didn’t get to see show, you can still answer if you’ve seen all the videos.

1. What were your top THREE dances on the Move Live On Tour?

2. Which segment, dance, or singing performance had your favorite set of costumes? Continue reading

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Derek Hough at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards – Screencaps!!

Well, I had hoped to have video today too, but I’m having rather serious computer issues on my main machine. Hopefully I’ve fixed it. We’ll know tomorrow. :-) If not, it could be a while. In the meantime, I used my other machine to get these little gems.

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Derek Hough in MOVE Live LA – It’s Overwhelming!! Fan Blog by Jennifer

I want to say, again, how much I appreciate everyone who guest blogs about seeing and/or meeting Derek. Those of you going to book signings should blog as well. Anyway, give it up for Jennifer!!

Hi Everyone!

Saw the final performance of Move Live on Tour at LA’s Orpheum Theatre this past Saturday.  It was a long wait but so worth it!!  A long 2 months of trying not to look at pics posted on Twitter or Facebook, not looking at any videos of the tour at all (OK, maybe 1), and not reading any blogs.  I wanted to make sure the experience was as fresh as it could be for me.  My sister flew out from DC to share the Hough experience with me even though the tour made a stop in DC. We had a girls weekend in LA and it was so much fun!

We got to the theater at 4:00 for a 4:30 check-in, practically the first ones there.  We got to shop the merchandise right after check-in and I was bummed to find out that they were sold out of mugs :( .  I ended up getting a couple of t-shirts and a magnet.  The backstage tour was first and IMO it was a little disappointing.  All they showed us were the empty changing areas for the performers but no racks of costumes.  We got to see where the buses were parked but none of them had a door open to even peek inside.  I did find it interesting that there were only 3 buses (crew, dancers, & D/J) . The buses hold 12 people but I thought maybe there would be 2 dancers buses (girls & guys). And also Derek’s black Audi was parked with the buses.  Wonder if he went home and got his car or if he had someone drive it over?

Then it was time to go back into the theatre and get organized for photos.  We ended up being in the first row to get photos taken.  Decided to get a selfie with both Derek and Julianne.  I thought it would be more personal plus Derek would actually hold my camera!…be still my heart!  The first thing I said to him was “can I get a hug?” and he looked me directly in the eye (I thought i was going to cry from happiness) and said “of course you can” and gave me a heart-to-heart hug!!  That was a moment I will never forget and it still makes me emotional when I think of it.  Even though we were told we only get 2 snaps of a selfie, I looked at my phone and Derek took 4 snaps! :))  He then said “thank you for coming” and I don’t remember what I said to him.  I had wanted to say I saw him last summer at Disney Concert Hall but it never came out of my mouth.  I think I just said “thank you for being here” but it is such a blur now. LOL  I do remember that Julianne gave me a hug too and I told her I met her at Nordstroms last summer (true, but stupid comment, LOL)

When the staff let our row also be the first row for Q&A my sister and i couldn’t believe it!  So lucky!! And when Derek and Julianne came bounding down the aisle to the first row and walked in front of us to stand in their spots we both said out loud “oh my god” because they were so close to us, within touching distance!  I was brave and raised my hand to ask a question.  Derek looked right at me, extended his arm out and said “yes ma’am.”  I must’ve had the biggest smile on my face.  I asked him if he didn’t compete on DWTS anymore would he still be creative director for Macys Stars of Dance.  He said it was a good question but that he didn’t know because of all the changes going on right now but he loves the creative part of it.

I tell you, and I’m sure others will agree, when Derek talks to you and looks you directly in the eyes it’s so overwhelming!  He is so sincere in his desire to hear what you have to say and connect with you that you feel special.  Derek makes you feel special.  I love that about him!

The show itself was so wonderful!  I couldn’t take my eyes off Derek or Julianne when they were on stage.  Loved the rumba he did with Brittany.  One funny thing he did.  During the move where they’re both doing the hip sways (his back was to the audience) all the women were screaming. Well, when he turned out of that move and was facing the audience he gave our side of the house a funny look like “well that was strange” and everyone laughed.  Kinda took us out of the rumba but it was so Derek!  Seeing Derek dance up close is something to behold.  And to see all the different dance styles he can do, and do to perfection, was sheer delight!!

After the final bow all the dancers & D&J came out on the stage in a big group hug and were bouncing around together while one of them was taking a vid/selfie.  It was just a final moment together of pure joy for a tour well done.

Hope I didn’t ramble too much or repeat info that was already blogged about.  Thanks for reading!!

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Video Coverage Of Derek Hough And His Move Dancers At The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards

Heidi is right, “YUM!” Check out Just Jared for more photos of Derek at the Young Hollywood Awards. Also, below is some video too in case you didn’t get The CW Network like myself. I think Heidi might have recorded this and is planning to post some video coverage too? Wow, and doesn’t this dance look visually awesome on TV??!!! We need the Move Live On Tour on DVD…badly!

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Derek Hough at the YHAs – More HQ Photos!!

Ummm….YUM!! :-)

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Derek Hough and Mark Ballas’ New TV Show “Excellent Flip”

This sounds very interesting indeed!!  From Eon News:

NEW YORK–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Instead of dancing a perfect paso doble, champion dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas from ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars will be kicking up dust on their latest project — a home renovation series on HGTV. Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip, a four episode series, will follow along as the multi-talented entertainers who recently co-purchased a house in Southern California completely gut and rehab the property before flipping it for profit. Currently slated to premiere on HGTV in early 2015, the series will be produced by Scott Sternberg Productions.

“Mark and I have worked together for years, but flipping a house is uncharted territory for us”

Hough and Ballas are ready to tackle the challenge of a total home renovation and say the finished residence will be a stunning showcase for the property’s amazing mountain views. Each will play an active role on the work site — participating in everything from demolition to décor.

“Mark and I have worked together for years, but flipping a house is uncharted territory for us,” said Derek. “At the end of the day, this house is a significant investment in more ways than one, so we have to make this flip work. We’re putting our own blood, sweat and money on the line.”

Mark added, “When we bought this house Derek and I both had BIG ideas. Since I am not much of a DIY guy, I’m really grateful that HGTV has stepped in to lend some expertise. We have good creative vision within several areas of the rebuild and I am really looking forward to seeing some of these ideas come to fruition. It’s an important summer project for both of us!”

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Derek Hough and Mark Ballas Talk about Their Future on DWTS

Many thanks to the always interesting Jessica Radloff. She spoke to Derek and Mark at the Young Hollywood Awards. From Glamour:

Here’s the thing: Every season on DWTS, Derek wants to be inspired. Rightfully so. He is the choreographer of our generation. Even though Derek didn’t take home Mirrorball number six last season, it was probably his most rewarding season to date, thanks to his partnership with Amy. So, is there anything left? “I don’t know yet,” he admitted to me at the Young Hollywood Awards (airing tonight on the CW). “I have a few weeks [to decide].”

The rumor is that after a grueling tour schedule (Derek and sister Julianne finished their Move Live tour in Los Angeles on Saturday night), an upcoming book launch (Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion), and numerous other projects, the Emmy-winning choreographer is ready for a break—or a new challenge. “I just want to be inspired,” he stated quite matter-of-factly.

If there’s anyone to inspire him to sign up for more Dancing, it’s Oprah. In fact, Derek and Amy are finally planning their much-talked about lunch with Lady O. “I’m seeing her in two weeks,” he revealed.

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