Looks like Derek went to a Laker’s basketball game last night. He posted the picture below at his instagram account. Also, if you head to the Daily Mail, you can view some new photos of him shopping in West Hollywood, California yesterday! As always, I love his taste in leather!! ~Vogue
ETA: Great video from Ohmbars facebook – it’s embedded from their facebook, but go “like” it. There is also another video from Tianna Kluchert and a picture from Bruno Racine that I’ve shared on this site’s facebook page, so check them out! Thanks to Elmari for the find. It’s always good to check out my facebook page, since I only rarely take photos from facebook to post. ~Heidi
This is just too awesome!! According to the instagram below posted by Derek, the Bust A Move event in Ottawa, Canada raise over $1,000,000 for it’s charity. Also, if you head to CTV Ottawa, you can view some news coverage of the event and see Derek dancing and doing “his magical thing”. ~Vogue
2011 was pegged by Miss Heidi as “The Great Derek Hough Drought” and was it ever being Derek didn’t dance a season on Dancing With The Stars. And yet, behind the scenes, Derek was a busy guy planning, getting inspired, and working on other ventures such as “Cobo3D” which was eventually renamed “Make Your Move 3D”. Also, will we ever forget this “Shake Your Tail Feather” reunion on Dancing With The Stars with sister Julianne? Even though Julianne could have been a little sharper in spots, it was still an “explosive” performance. And to think, now the two are working on a tour together. Get ready as the next months ahead are going to be exciting and let’s hope we see some more Hough tail feathers like this soon!
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Julianne and Derek, be sure to pick up a copy of Self Magazine. Julianne talks of little of Derek inside. Below is a quote from Just Jared Jr that will give you an “awww” moment….
“If you have friends who make you feel your worth, it picks you up. [With Derek] he’ll text me out of the blue and say ‘Hey, I just wanted to remind you that you’re a goddess and you’re amazing and you have the most wonderful day and I love you.’ He inspires me to do the same for my girlfriends. It really makes a difference.”
This is interesting too. Julianne was also interviewed by E News this past week. In the new interview, Julianne mentions how she had hair extensions for a project she was working on (the photo shoot with Derek maybe?) and then she decided to cut her hair short for a project coming up this summer which it will be perfect for. Could this be for the actual “Move’ tour with Derek? Not sure, but, it’s fun to speculate on none the less. To Derek and Julianne today!!!! Let’s give them some love!
Just a little TV Heads Up: Gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be ice skating again in The Figure Skating Gala in Sochi where all the medalists will perform. The Gala will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at 12:30 PM ET on NBC Sports Network!! They may show highlights on your NBC local TV station in the primetime broadcast. So, be sure to watch. Thanks to Linz for the heads up!
Also, if interested in knowing more on Meryl and Charlie’s costumes and how former Dancing With The Stars designer, Randall Christensen, was inspired in making them, be sure to read this exclusive interview at PureDWTS. Below is a take on their “My Fair Lady” costume for which Derek choreographed and a sketch of the design….
Can you tell us about how and when this union came to be? What was the designing process like and working with Meryl and Charlie for the Olympics? Was Derek Hough involved in any way with the costume process since he choreographed their Short dance?
MY COMPANY HAS BEEN WORKING WITH MERYL AND CHARLIE FOR SEVERAL YEARS, WHILE I WAS STILL WORKING ON DWTS. THEY APPROACHED US IN 2009/2010 TO MAKE COSTUMES FOR THEM. WHEN I ENDED MY RUN ON DWTS THEY WERE ALREADY ESTABLISHED CLIENTS.
MERYL’S MOTHER CHERYL HAS BEEN A GODSEND AND SUCH A HELP WITH THE DESIGNING PROCESS. SHE (& THEY) SEND US PHOTOS, MAGAZINE PICS AND/OR VIDEOS TO HELP US GET IDEAS OF THINGS THEY’RE CONSIDERING FOR A COSTUME. FOR THIS COMPETITION SEASON WE HAVE ACTUALLY CREATED 3 DIFFERENT PINK COSTUMES FOR MERYL. SHE WORE THE FIRST ONE IN BOSTON, A VERY SIMPLE, CLASSIC COSTUME – SLEEVELESS, WITH LOTS OF CRYSTAL JEWELS ALONG THE NECKLINE AND WAISTLINE. WE CREATED A SECOND (STILL NOT SEEN) PINK COSTUME BASED OFF OF A MAGAZINE “TEAR SHEET” PHOTO. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL COSTUME JUST ENCRUSTED WITH THOUSANDS OF VARIOUS SIZES AND SHADES OF PINK RHINESTONES.
THE THIRD PINK COSTUME (AND THE ONE THAT SHE ENDED UP WEARING FOR THE SHORT PROGRAM IN THE OLYMPICS) DEFINITELY HAD A VINTAGE FEEL TO IT, WHICH WAS INTENTIONAL. THEY WERE DANCING TO “I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT” FROM “MY FAIR LADY.” I THOUGHT THAT THE COSTUME EMBODIED THE LOOK OF THAT ERA, THE FEELING OF YOUTH AND INNOCENCE THAT THE CHARACTER (IN THE MOVIE) FELT, AS WELL AS THE FEELING OF HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY THAT SHE WAS EXPERIENCING, FEELING BEAUTIFUL FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. ALL OF THESE EMOTIONS ALSO WERE MIRRORED IN MERYL! I FELT IT WAS A PERFECT BLENDING OF CHARACTER, EMOTIONS AND EMBODIED HOW MERYL WAS FEELING. HER MOTHER SENT A VIDEO CLIP OF AN OLD MOVIE THAT HAD A SIMILAR IDEA. FOR ABOUT A WEEK I STRUGGLED WITH TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THE COSTUME WORK, AND STILL BE YOUTHFUL AND DREAMY. AFTER SEVERAL (FAILED) ATTEMPTS, I STRUCK GOLD (no pun intended) WITH THE CONCEPT THAT WE WENT WITH. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE PINK APPLIQUE WORK THAT WE DID, SCULPTING AND SHAPING AREAS OF MERYL’S BODY, AND THE JEWEL/STONE WORK WAS PHENOMENAL! AFTER WE SENT THE COSTUME FOR A FITTING, MERYL ASKED IF WE COULD TAKE OUT ONE OF THE (3) LAYERS OF SILK CHIFFON IN THE SKIRT AND ADD A DARKER PINK, SO THAT THEIR FINAL LIFT WOULD SHOW THE CONTRASTING UNDERSKIRT. AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, I WAS IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FABRIC SHOPPING WHEN MY ASSISTANT IN PHOENIX CALLED AND TOLD ME, SO I WAS ABLE TO GET THE CONTRAST COLOR SILK RIGHT THEN. AND I MUST SAY, THE CONTRASTING UNDERSKIRT DEFINITELY MADE SUCH AN IMPACT!
Lots more at PureDWTS. Sigh, I don’t think I will ever forget this Olympics. Derek and Randall’s involvement made it that more special, didn’t it?! ~Vogue
This review of the Ballroom With A Twist show in South Dakota doesn’t mention a lot on Derek, but, it’s fun to read none the less. Also, note how they titled the article with: “Ballroom With A Twist, A Shout and A Whole Lotta Va-Va-Va-Voom!” Sounds so much like Derek and the over all feel of the show. From the Mix97. ~Vogue
The curtain rose on over two hours of entertainment excellence. “Dancing With The Stars” regulars Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Tristan Macmanus were joined by show newbie Emma Slater, as the headliners. Their co-stars included three “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists and the vocal fireworks of two American Idol finalists.
The backing chorus of dancers were all amazingly talented, which was important due to the fact that they were the ones doing the majority of the dancing. If I had one complaint, it would be that, Hough, Burke, Macmanus and Slater danced a fraction of the time compared to the work of their chorus line counterparts and I would imagine the stars were what drew people to this show.
That being said, the variety of music and dance styles, energetic talented group, appreciative audience, (I always enjoy a man with a nice chest and nimble hips) and aforementioned endearing company, (Ali), made for a wonderfully satisfying evening out.
Hey All! Remember all the dance instagrams we received from Derek and Misty Copeland a while ago? We knew they were collaborating on a dance piece for a YAGP Gala, but, no official word if Derek would dance too. Well, from a report from Broadway World.com it’s just Misty dancing the choreographed piece by Derek….
“STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW”: YAGP 15th ANNIVERSARY GALA (April 10, 2014 at 7pm) – The annually sold-out YAGP Galas have become synonymous with the discovery of new dancers, choreographers, and companies. The unique format of the Gala, featuring the performances of international ballet stars and introducing the world’s brightest young dance talent quickly became an audience favorite.” YAGP’S 15th Anniversary Gala will feature the superstar of Bolshoi Ballet, Olga Smirnova. Performing a pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s “Onegin,” she is partnered with Evan McKie (Stuttgart Ballet), who is making his New York debut. Misty Copeland (ABT) will perform the world premiere of a ballroom ensemble piece, choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Derek Hough from “Dancing with the Stars.” YAGP is also proud to present eight YAGP alumni from ABT (Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Sarah Lane, Lauren Post, Katherine Williams, Calvin Royal III, Cory Stearns, and Gabe Stone Shayer) in a world premiere by Gemma Bond, with music specially composed by Karen LeFrak, and costumes created by Ralph Rucci. Another YAGP alum, Matthias Heymann of the Paris Opera Ballet, will perform a solo from “Manfred,” choreographed by Rudolph Nureyev. Ballet diva Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino of the Munich State Opera Ballet are also confirmed to perform. The gala will be hosted by Marcelo Gomes and Hilaria Baldwin. TICKETS: $45-$150, available at the David H. Koch Theater box office, at davidhkochtheater.com, or by 212.581.1212. PATRON TICKETS AND TABLES include prime performance seats: $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 for patron tickets; and $10,000, $15,000, $25,000 and $50,000 for tables of ten. Corporate and Artistic Sponsorship packages are available. Please call 646.465.5933 or visit www.yagp.org.
However, this report from YAGP.org makes it sound like Derek might be dancing depending on how you read it.
This year YAGP will feature a world premieres from Derek Hough, Emmy Award-winning choreographer of Dancing With the Stars and ABT’s Gemma Bond, with an original score by composer Karen LeFrak and costumes by Ralph Rucci…Don’t miss this spectacular evening of dance!
Whatever the case, all eyes on April 9th at the Lincoln Center!! If you live in the New York City area, you might want to see the show as this will be another monumental moment in Derek’s life whether he’s dancing or not. If interested, see either links above for tickets! Thanks to Linz for her help with part of this post. ~Vogue and Heidi