Derek Hough is an American professional dancer, choreographer, director, TikTok star, and actor. He is best known for his appearances on the ABC television show Dancing With The Stars, which he has won six times, and for his role as a judge on NBC’s World of Dance.
Derek has over 6,500,000 followers on TikTok, with 88,600,000 likes from 896 video uploads on the platform. Derek is a unique talent that is born once in a generation. His Twitter bio says, “I was Created to Create.” He is a Latin Ballroom Dancer. He won the WDSF World Latin Championship in 2002. He is widely considered one of the most incredible dancers of all time and has become a well-respected figure in the entertainment industry.
Born on May 17, 1985, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Derek Hough is the son of professional ballroom dancers Bruce and Marianne Hough.
Derek Hough comes from a long line of dancers and musicians. Almost all of his family members are dancers or musicians. His sister, Julianne, is also a famous professional dancer who appeared on Dancing With The Stars. He has many cousins who are professional musicians. Derek’s grandparents on both sides were dancers.
He began dancing at the age of four, and by the time he was 12, he was competing in professional ballroom competitions. After graduating from high school in 2003, Derek moved to London to pursue a career in professional dancing.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Derek is also a philanthropist. He has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes to hospitalized children, and in 2012 he started the Derek Hough Dance Academy to provide scholarships to underprivileged children interested in learning to dance.
He has also been a strong advocate for charities such as the Humane Society, and in 2017 he accepted the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award on behalf of the organization.
Derek Hough is a multi-talented individual who has made an indelible mark in the entertainment industry. From his success on television to his philanthropic endeavors, Derek has proven himself to be a dedicated and passionate artist and an equally passionate humanitarian.
He is a shining example of what an individual can achieve when they set their mind to something, and his numerous accomplishments inspire all.
Derek Bruce Hough
Date of Birth (age)
May 17, 1985 (age 37)
2002 - present
6.5 million followers
3.1 million followers
5 feet 10 inches
Marianne Hough (Mother)
Bruce Hough (Father)
Hayley Erbert (Wife)
Julianne Alexandra Hough (Sister)
Salt Lake City, Utah, the United States
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
In 2007, he joined the cast of the UK version of Dancing With The Stars. He quickly made a name for himself as one of the show’s most talented dancers.
In 2009, Derek moved to the United States to join the cast of the American version of Dancing With The Stars. He quickly became the show’s most successful dancer, winning the Mirrorball Trophy a record six times.
He has also been nominated for eleven Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography, and in 2017 he became a judge on the competition show World of Dance. Derek has 3 Emmy Awards to his name as of January 2023.
Aside from his success on television, Derek has also had a successful career in film and theater. He has appeared in movies such as Rock of Ages, Safe Haven, and the Footloose remake and has performed on Broadway in the musicals Singin’ in the Rain and Burn the Floor. He also has his own dance studio in Los Angeles, and is the author of two books, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion and Taking the Lead: Dancing Your Way to a Happier Life. Derek Hough has also directed a music video for Michael Buble's hit single “I believe in you,” in which he acted himself.
Over the years in Dancing With The Stars, Derek has partnered with many celebrities such as Brooke Burke, Joanna Krupa, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, and Bindi Irwin. He went on to win in the seasons he partnered with Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Jennifer Grey, and Bindi Irwin.
Derek is famous for his dance videos on TikTok. He can be seen dancing to various songs with his wife, Hayley Erbert. Hayley is also a professional dancer who appeared on Dancing With The Stars as a troupe dancer. Derek also shares behind-the-scenes videos, lip-sync videos and vlogs on his TikTok channel. He is a mega influencer on TikTok and YouTube, sharing fitness tips and various funny dance videos across all platforms.
In the 2013 Winter Olympics, Derek Hough worked with world champions ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. He has won many accolades for his dancing as well as his philanthropic acts all over the world.
Being a celebrity and a mega influencer, Derek Hough earns primarily through his showbiz, programs, and concerts. He also makes money through his massive social media following, but this is more of a passive income for him.
As of January 2023, Derek Hough’s net worth is estimated to be $8 million per various sources.
Derek has over 3.1 million followers on Instagram as of January 2023. He posts a variety of content on his Instagram handle. He posts videos and photos from his daily life, interviews, and concerts. His wife, Hayley, appears in most of his pictures on Instagram.
Derek Hough has multiple YouTube channels. His official channel has over 110K subscribers as of January 2023. His music videos and concerts are posted here.
Derek shares another YouTube account with his wife, Hayley. It has over 168K subscribers. They generally post behind the scenes from their shoots, vlogs, fitness tips, and a lot more on this channel.
Being a celebrity, Derek has a big Twitter following of 769.6K followers as of January 2023. He generally tweets his two cents on the current state of affairs and his thoughts on Twitter.
In this TikTok video, Derek dances in front of Disney World to a trending song with Penn Badgely.
In this TikTok video, Derek Hough takes us backstage into behind-the-scenes on the sets of Dancing With The Stars explaining what “stoned” actually means on the DWTS sets.
In this TikTok video, Derek lip syncs to a trending song stating that he has the face of a model.
Derek Hough shares an emotional video of him and his wife through TikTok.
In this TikTok video, Derek Hough and his wife Hayley hop on the “Wednesday Addams” trend.
A: Derek Hough is in a relationship with Hayley Erbert, a former troupe dancer on the Dancing With The Stars TV show.
A: Derek and Julianne were born three years apart, Derek being older.
A: Derek and Hayley met in 2014 when Derek’s sister Julianne had been hired as a dancer on one of their tours.