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Derek has conceived, appeared in or performed in a variety of music videos, some for other artists:

  • Derek Hough’s concept music video (2017) Hold On: Songwriter, performer, director. See also a dance version with Derek in a cameo role.
  • Derek Hough’s concept music video (2017) Breathe You: Performer, songwriter. Co-choreographed with Travis Wall:
  • Derek Hough’s concept music video Kairos: Performer, Music songwriter with Lindsey Stirling. Co-choreographers with Jordi Caballero, Kelsey McCowan.
  • Lindsey Stirling’s music video The Arena: Dance Choreographer, Collaborator with Lindsey, and Performer.
  • Kellie Pickler’s music video for Someone Somewhere Tonight: Choreographer and Performer.

  • Cheryl Cole’s music video for Parachute; Choreographer and Performer.
  • Kate Voegele’s music video 99 Times. Cameo performance.
  • Rapper Lil’ Kim’s music video Download. Cameo appearance
  • George Michael Video – Lead Dancer – Bikini Films (UK only)



  • 20/20 – Interview
  • 65th Primetime Emmy Awards – Performer/Recipient
  • Access Hollywood – Interviews
  • Access Hollywood Live – Co-Host
  • American Ninja Warrior – Contestant
  • Arsenio Hall Show – Guest
  • Better With You – Actor/Choreographer
  • Bonnie Hunt Show – Interview
  • Cheryl Cole’s Night In – Performer/Choreographer
  • Dance X – Choreographer
  • Dancing With the Stars – Performer/Choreographer
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Promotion (Commercial) – Performer/Choreographer
  • Disney’s Magical Christmas Celebration – Co-Host
  • E! News – Co-Host
  • Ellen Show – Interviews/Performer
  • Entertainment Tonight – Interviews
  • Extra – Interviews/Performer
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – Participant
  • Family Dance-Off – Host
  • Good Morning America – Interviews/Performer
  • Hairspray Live – Actor/Performer (plays Corny Collins)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Movie – Actor
  • Hollywood Game Night – Contestant
  • Jane the Virgin – Actor/Performer
  • Larry King Live – Interviews/Performer
  • Live With Regis and Kelly – Interviews/Performer
  • Live With Kelly – Performer/Co-Host
  • Live With Kelly and Michael – Interviews
  • Live With Kelly and Ryan – Interview
  • Lip Sync Battle – Competitor w/Julianne Hough
  • Make Your Move  3D: Movie – Actor
  • Mark and Derek’s Excellent Flip (HGTV) – Host w/Mark Ballas
  • Nashville – recurring role as Noah West
  • Nightline – Interview
  • Oprah Winfrey Show – Interviews/Performer/Choreographer
  • Primetime Emmy Awards (2013) – Performer
  • Punk’d – Performer
  • Rachel Ray – Interview
  • Red or Black (UK TV show) – Performer
  • Ridiculousness (MTV) – Interview
  • Rock of Ages: Movie – Cameo Performer
  • The Chew – Guest
  • The Doctors – Guest
  • The Insider – Interviews/Co-Host
  • The Real – Guest Interview
  • The View – Interviews/Performer/Co-Host
  • TV Guide Network – Interview
  • Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade – Performer
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Participant
  • Wendy Williams Show – Guest
  • World of Dance – Judge
  • Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 – Co-Host/Performer
  • Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration – Co-Host/Performer
  • Young Hollywood Awards – Performer / Recipient


Derek was slated to play the lead in the stage adaptation of the classic movie-musical Singin’ in the Rain. In the lead role of Don Lockwood, made famous by the incredible and world renown Gene Kelly, Derek has huge shoes to fill in his first “major” broadway role.  In March of 2016, Derek performed a dance scene from the musical at producer Harvey Weinstein’s pre-Oscar party. Click here. And during Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, Derek choreographed an homage dance to Singin’ in the Rain for his partner, Bethany Mota, with rights and permission  granted by Patricia Kelly, Gene Kelly’s widow. See here. Derek also performed a Singin in the Rain number during his brief broadway stint for the New York Spring Spectacular. See here. The show is currently on hold, with no scheduled debut date.

With previews from March 11-March 25, 2015, and for 64 performances between March 26 to May 3, 2015, Derek played Jack, the male lead role, in this off-Broadway show featuring the world famous Rockettes. In this limited seven-week engagement, the other stars include Tony award winning-actress Laura Benanti, Whoopi Goldberg, Bella Thorne, Carmelo Anthony, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, and Henrik Lundqvist. The show was performed at Radio City Music Hall, and was jointly produced by Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Weinstein Live Entertainment. Derek left the show unexpectedly due to foot injuries two weeks before the show finale.

On January 8, 2010, Derek made his broadway debut, performing in Burn the Floor, Jason Gilkison’s Latin and Ballroom electrifying dancing extravaganza. He replaced Maksim Chermkovskiy for the last four performances. His partner was fellow Dancing With The Stars pro, Kym Johnson. Mary Murphy of So You Think You Can Dance fame also headlined. (Derek greeting his fans at Stagedoor after the show.)


  • Footloose: The Musical – Ren (Lead) – Novello Theatre (London’s WEST END, 2006)
  • Footloose: The Musical – Ren (Lead) – National Tour 2006



  •  Top Cat: The Musical – Choo-Choo – Phil McIntyre Entertainments
  • Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang – Company Dancer – London Palladium
  • Fosse Tribute Cabaret – Lead Dancer – Grosvenor House
  • Jack and the Beanstalk – Company – Theatre Royal, Windsor
  • Jesus Christ Superstar – Jesus – Millfield Theatre
  • Cabaret – Cliff – Avondale Theatre
  • Real Lives – Presenter – Children’s TV
  • The Master Thief – Master Thief – UST Company, M. Theatre 


On December 7, 2016, Derek starred in a new TV musical adaptation of Hairspray. He played the iconic role of Corny Collins, the host of the American-Bandstand-type TV show that every teenager in Baltimore wants to be on. This live TV version featured outdoor scenes, a live audience, and new songs. Also starring were Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Rosie O’Donnell, and Harvey Fierstein. On the production end, there was The Wiz Live director Kenny Leon, and original Hairspray choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced three of NBC’s recent holiday musicals.


They’re back! Derek and Julianne hit the road again for their third tour beginning April 19, 2017. This tour entitled “Move Beyond Live Tour” is another celebration of dance. The tour went to 48 cities, with 55 shows in 59 days. Many of the 48 cities have been sold out venues, with 125,000 tickets being sold for this tour.

The siblings promised that this tour would be bigger and better than before, with an entirely new format. Judging from the comments and blogs done for PDH, their promised came to fruition.

The tour was promoted on Dancing With the Stars on April 3, 2017 with a performance that is the last dance for each show of their tour.  The dance tells the story of the emotional agony experienced by the siblings upon the divorce of their parents. It is described as “Elastic Heart 2.” Watch this Emmy worthy performance, choreographed by Tessandra Chavez and Kyle Hanagami.

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MOVE Live on Tour 2015 style! For another season, Derek and Julianne brought their fantastic, interactive “rock concert for dance” to more cities around the United States.  Starting in Phoenix on June 12 and continuing until August 8 in Las Vegas, this amazing show has gotten bigger and better. To sold out halls of 2,000 to 7,000 people in 42 cities, some even with matinee performances, Derek and Julianne entertained and inspired with their talents, their hearts, and their overarching message: “Dare to love; dare to cry; dare to feel; dare to try; dare to MOVE.” 

Below is the 2015 promo for the MOVE Live on Tour show, and to read about this incredible one-of-a-kind experience for fans, I’ve included a blog written by Cathy for PDH about three of the shows that she was fortunate enough to attend. Click here.

MOVE Live on Tour 2016? Maybe! Maybe not! Derek hinted at one of the Q & A sessions that their “show” next year may not be a show like the last two, but more of a “MOVE Experience”. Hmmm. Sounds interesting.

In May of 2014, Derek and his sister Julianne created an interactive tour that traveled to 42 cities in a two month period. Derek likened the tour they produced to a rock concert, only for dance. It was called Move Live On Tour. Along with their company of dancers, the siblings, ala Donny and Marie, performed, danced, sang, and interacted with the audience, and encouraged the audience to “get up and move”. The show featured solo, duet and group dance performances in ballroom, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and more. The tour was a HUGE success, with most of the shows being sold out.



In April of 2011, Derek began filming his first full length film, Make Your Move 3D. He has the starring role, along with Asian pop star BoA Kwon. The movie is a take off on the traditional Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story theme, with Derek and BoA playing the role of dancers who grew up in very different cultures. Though they are fiercely competitive when they first meet, they eventually fall in love. The tension and trauma begins because each of their brothers own competing dance clubs. Though tapping and Hip Hop are incorporated in this movie, it is the storyline that takes front and center. “Cobu” (the original title of the film )means “drum like dancing, dance like drumming” and showcases Japanese taiko drumming. Make Your Move was released on April 18, 2014 to a limited audience in 142 theaters across the United States, and to a limited market in Europe and Asia. The 3D version was not shown in the United States.

As an uncredited actor, Derek had very small cameo part as a Ravenclaw school boy at Hogwart in the first Harry Potter film (Warner Bros., 2001). You can see him in the film when Hermione is walking through the Great Hall; she walks right by him. Watch here in the first few seconds of this clip. Look for a young Derek.


On July 27 and July 28, 2013, Derek performed with the California Philharmonic Orchestra at the Santa Anita Racetrack and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Derek sang two songs (Go to Music on this site to hear him sing.), and he also danced with troupe member Emma Slater. In the news video below Derek talks about this performance.


On January 25, 2010, Derek appeared with the UK’s popular pop star Cheryl Cole at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich, Germany, dancing with her to a dance that he had especially choreographed for her Parachute music video. (See on this site: CHOREOGRAPHY). In the late spring of 2010, he again appeared with Cheryl, sparking rumors about their ‘friendship’ due to their sultry, sensual dancing to her Parachute single. Cheryl was the supporting act for the UK leg of the Black Eyed Peas END World Tour 2010. Derek flew in after winning Season 10 of Dancing With the Stars to dance with Cheryl on this tour, appearing first at the O2 Arena in London on May 28, the LG Arena in Birmingham on June 1, followed by two dates in Paris on June 4 and June 5. On June 6, the pair appeared together, again dancing the sultry Parachute number in front of 75,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London for the Summertime Ball, sponsored by 98.5 Capital FM. Other acts for this ball included Rihanna, Usher, Justin Bieber, and JLS.

Accomplishments (continued) : Music

Accomplishments are prepared by @donamadrina.

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