Pasadena Weekly has an article that goes a bit more in depth on Derek’s upcoming performance with Cal Phil.
Rather, they’ll be treated to the latest show by the California Philharmonic — “Dance Fever” — as the renowned orchestra welcomes the top male dancer from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Derek Hough, for an evening of singing and dancing under the stars.
“This is my first time singing in this environment, and my first time singing publicly in years,” says Hough, 28. “I’m nervous about it, also excited. I did it because it’s an honor to do it with such an amazing orchestra. I wasn’t really prepared for it but I did it knowing that throwing myself in the deep end like this will help me raise my standards.”
A Utah native, Hough was the lone boy among five children, and he and his younger sister, Julianne, both developed a passion for dancing at early ages. While their parents weren’t professional dancers themselves, they met while on a ballroom dancing team in college.
Derek showed musical talent from an early age, singing and drumming at 8 with a Beach Boys tribute band that otherwise consisted of teenagers. But even then, his dancing drew more attention.
“I liked to sing Hound Dog and moved my hips like Elvis, which was funny because my dad said no pelvic thrusts,” laughs Hough. “It wasn’t that they were uptight, but just that I was 8 years old and a little young for it, but now it’s how I make my living.”
“I’m into anything that makes sense, that’s the right project,” says Hough. “I don’t want to get into something for the sake of doing something. That doesn’t work for me. What I really want to do is inspire people now that they have more social confidence from dancing or a better marriage. I always want to perform but want to improve your life somehow. That’s what it’s all about. I want to do that with thousands of people, reach out and touch a broad band of people.”
Don’t know what he’s trying to say about marriage, but okay. Below is his interview on Good Day LA.