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Derek Hough excited to return on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Derek Hough excited to return on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) --Derek Hough didn't know if he would return to "Dancing with the Stars," but is happy to be back and partnered with Bethany Mota.
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Julia Roberts, husband Danny Moder to receive GLSEN awards

Julia Roberts, husband Danny Moder to receive GLSEN awards

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder will be recognized at the 2014 Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network Respect Awards for their humanitarian work.
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Derek Hough to star on season 3 of 'Nashville'

Derek Hough to star on season 3 of 'Nashville'

NASHVILLE, Aug. 14 (UPI) --"Dancing with the Stars" professional dancer Derek Hough has landed a recurring role on "Nashville" as "a beguiling and disarming" movie star.
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Derek Hough, Mark Ballas to flip house on HGTV

Derek Hough, Mark Ballas to flip house on HGTV

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) --"Dancing With the Stars" dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas to flip house for HGTV.
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Kellie Pickler shows off bikini body in new Instagram photos

Kellie Pickler shows off bikini body in new Instagram photos

NASHVILLE, July 17 (UPI) --Country star Kellie Pickler has been documenting her beach vacation in an undisclosed island on Instagram.
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Julianne Hough talks dating before and after Ryan Seacrest in Redbook interview

Julianne Hough talks dating before and after Ryan Seacrest in Redbook interview

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) --Julianne Hough opened up about how she used to hold back in relationships during an interview for the July issue of Redbook magazine.
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Julianne Hough cries in Instagram video after first Broadway performance

Julianne Hough cries in Instagram video after first Broadway performance

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) --Julianne Hough took to Instagram Saturday to share an emotional video following her first ever Broadway performance.
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Julianne and Derek Hough say their dance tour has brought them closer together

Julianne and Derek Hough say their dance tour has brought them closer together

SAN ANTONIO, June 3 (UPI) --Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough recently embarked on their "Move Live On Tour," and say the dance tour has brought them closer together.
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Nikki Reed files for divorce from Paul McDonald

Nikki Reed files for divorce from Paul McDonald

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) --"Twilight" actress Nikki Reed has filed for divorce from singer Paul McDonald two months after the couple announced they were separating.
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Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) --Meryl Davis and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy have won season eighteen of 'Dancing with the Stars.'
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Nikki Reed 'hooked up' with Derek Hough after split from Paul McDonald

Nikki Reed 'hooked up' with Derek Hough after split from Paul McDonald

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Nikki Reed has already moved on from her separation from husband of two years Paul McDonald, and is reportedly seeing Derek Hough.
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Amy Purdy, 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant, rushed to the hospital after injury

Amy Purdy, 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant, rushed to the hospital after injury

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- "DWTS" contestant Amy Purdy has been keeping fans updated via Twitter after a back injury sent her to the hospital Monday night.
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Julianne Hough and Derek Hough to go on dancing tour across America

Julianne Hough and Derek Hough to go on dancing tour across America

March 18 (UPI) -- Julianne Hough is teaming up with her brother Derek Hough to go in a dance tour across the United States.
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'Dancing With the Stars' unveils Season 18 cast

'Dancing With the Stars' unveils Season 18 cast

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- ABC has revealed the new "crop of celebrities" that will be getting their sweat on in the upcoming Season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars."
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Amber Riley wins Season 17 of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Amber Riley wins Season 17 of 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Actress Amber Riley and her professional partner Derek Hough were declared the winners of Season 17 of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
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Actor Derek Hough arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on August 21, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Derek Hough (pronounced /ˈhʌf/; born May 17, 1985) is an American dancer, choreographer, musician and actor. A world champion in Latin American Dance, Hough has appeared since September 2007 (Seasons 5 though 11) on the hit U.S. television series Dancing with the Stars, where he is a three-time champion (with Nicole Scherzinger, Brooke Burke, and Jennifer Grey), two-time semi-finalist (with Jennie Garth and Joanna Krupa) and a Quarter-Finalist with Lil' Kim. Hough has earned three Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Choreography (2009 and 2010 ) for his work on the show. Prior to joining Dancing with the Stars, Hough starred as Ren in the 2006 original cast production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London's West End, as well as on the 2006 U.K. national tour. Hough's West End performance earned him a nomination as The Stuart Phillips London Newcomer of the Year in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards. Hough made his Broadway debut on January 8, 2010, starring with Kym Johnson and Mary Murphy in Burn the Floor for the final four performances of the show's Broadway run. A founding member of the Ballas Hough Band (formerly Almost Amy), Hough shares lead vocals, plays guitar and has several songwriting credits on the band's self-titled debut CD, released by Hollywood Records in March 2009.

Hough grew up one of five children in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. He has four sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine and Julianne. His sister Julianne Hough is also a professional dancer. All four of Hough's grandparents were dancers, and his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college, in Idaho.

When Hough was twelve, his parents sent him to London to live and study with dance coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas. Hough's sister Julianne joined him in London several months later. Originally intending to stay for a year, Hough remained in London for ten years. (Julianne returned after five years.) The Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark Ballas, schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy. They received training in song, theater, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") and performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased UK television show.

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