Derek Hough took up dancing after encouragement from his family: all his grandparents were dancers, and her parents met while on a ballroom team. He, along with his sister Julianne, were sent to London as their parents faced a divorce, to study under their coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas. There the two - along with Mark Ballas - were trained in dance, as well as other performing arts such as music and acting.
Hough's first professional outing was in a British production of the musical Footloose, in 2006. He also appeared in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Before that, though, he has danced competitively, taking the ISDF World Youth Latin Championship in 2002 with partner Aneta Piotrowska.
Hough first joined ABC's Dancing with the Stars in 2007, as a guest instructor. He became a pro dancer in the fifth season, and went
on to win a record six seasons. He also appeared in the BBC series DanceX, where he worked alongside DWTS judge Bruno Tonioli. In 2017, he joined NBC's World of Dance as one of the judges.
Hough is also a successful musician. His band with Mark Ballas, Almost Amy, evolved into the Ballas Hough Band, which released an album in 2009.
2017 World of Dance
2017 I Believe in You: Michael Buble (Video short)
2007-2016 Dancing with the Stars
2016 Hairspray Live! (TV Movie)
2016 The Arena (Lindsey Stirling) (Video short)
2014-2016 Nashville (TV Series)
2016 Jane the Virgin (TV Series)
2013 Make Your Move
2012 Rock of Ages
2011 Better with You (TV Series)
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone