“Even though sometimes I don’t know where I am in the morning, we love going into people’s cities,” he said laughing, after figuring out that he was in Jacksonville, Fla. “We love going into … their local towns and bringing a show to them. Essentially, that’s kind of what we’re doing on television: We’re bring a television show into your living room. And this is bringing a show – a live show – into your city. We just love it. We love the energy. We love the electricity, the vibe. It’s amazing. It’s amazing to me.
“Julianne and I, it’s funny, ‘cause during our meet and greets when we’re meeting people and we’re hugging them … people are asking us like, ‘Oh man, don’t you get tired of this?’ I’m like, ‘Actually, this is part of the reason why we’re doing what we’re doing. This is part of the reason why we’re actually on the road is so we can have these interactions, so we can have these one-on-one experiences and face-to-face moments with people who’ve been watching us and who’ve been supporting us. It’s our way of sort getting to meet you and connecting.’ So we love that.”
Both favorite professional hoofers on “Dancing with the Stars,” Derek and two-time winner Julianne have become bigger names than many of the contenders they’ve partnered with on the hit ABC series. Both siblings sang and danced last year in live TV musicals: Derek played Corny Collins in NBC’s production of “Hairspray,” and Julianne starred as Sandy in Fox’s staging of “Grease.” While Julianne has recently acted in movies like “Safe Haven,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Rock of Ages” and the “Footloose” remake, Derek will appear as a judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo on the new NBC dance competition “World of Dance,” premiering May 30.
But their live tours give the Houghs the freedom to create a show that taps into all their skills, including dancing, singing and, in Derek’s case, even some drumming.
“When we first started on tour, our first tour, there wasn’t a touring dance show like this, and trying to convince people and theaters and promoters, it’s difficult. They’re like, ‘What is it?’ And we’re like, ‘Well, it’s a rock concert for dance.’ They’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t get it. Are people gonna come and see this?’ And here we are third tour and it’s just incredible. The audiences have just been electric,” he said by phone during a tour stop.
“What’s wonderful about it is that it’s something for all ages. We have several different acts within the show, and each one touches on a different style, a different energy, a different feeling. And you have everything from a 10-year-old dancing in the aisle to last night I had a lady named Marge and she was 88 years old and I had her up on stage with me and sang to her and danced with her. It’s a very all-inclusive show. It’s very fun.”