Derek Hough

United States

Derek Hough Bio

Who is Derek Hough

Professional latin and ballroom dancer. He is mostly popular for the ABC dance-competition series Dancing with the Stars, on which he has won a record six seasons. He is also a choreographer, actor, singer-songwriter, and musician.

Early Life (Childhood)

Born in Sandy, Utah to Marianne and Bruce Hough, Derek went to London to live and study with dance coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas when he was 12 where he stayed for ten years. He and his sister were tutored there by the Ballases and schooled at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Interesting Facts

His sister is actress Julianne Hough. Derek Hough is the only professional dancer to win six Mirror Ball Trophies. He has won Macy's Stars of Dance: Design-a-Dance four out of eight times.

Personal Life

Hough dated India de Beaufort from 2000 until 2008. In 2008, he began dating actress/model Shannon Elizabeth; their relationship ended in August 2009. Hough's subsequent relationships includes Cheryl Cole (2010–11) and Nina Dobrev (2013).


Derek Hough is the only person that has won 2 Emmy Awards and 7 nominations for Outstanding Choreography. He earned a world championship title in U-21 Latin American Dance competition. He has also won World Choreography Awards for Television Live Performance along with several other awards and honors.


Shannon Elizabeth admitted that her relationship with Derek was entirely fake for purposes of votes for the show Dancing with Stars. There have been persistent rumors that Derek might actually be gay since he was found in a Lake City gay bar.