We all know Ellen DeGeneres is a major dance fan—she's definitely done her part to help bring dancers to national prominence by inviting them to perform on her show. I'm not arguing that an appearance by super-sibs Derek and Julianne Hough counts as dancer outreach (they certainly don't need any help with notoriety), but it's always good to see dance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"—no matter how low or high profile the performers are.
On Monday we told you that the Hough's MOVE Live Tour is back. Their appearance on "Ellen" was to drum up excitement for the tour—and we're definitely excited.
With their usual flair (and by flair I mean fringed crop tops and a drumline), the Hough siblings Latin-style-hip-hop-jazz-funk fusioned their way through a typically high-energy performance. Was it too much for daytime TV? Or was it just en-Hough?
Click here to watch the performance, and let us know what you think!
This Thanksgiving, two celebrity families served up a LOT more than turkey and mashed potatoes. Former "Dancing with the Stars" partners Derek Hough and Maria Menounos ("Extra") battled it out over Instagram in a Thanksgiving dance war. And in the spirit of the holiday, their families got involved too.
It was a bold move for the Menounos family to challenge the Houghs to a dance-off, considering they've got two not-so-secret weapons: Derek and Julianne. But they brought their A-game with some Flo Rida, T-pain and shades:
In a surprise comeback, the Houghs relied on their family charm, rather than a flashy display of their professional skills:
Who do you think won the #Thanksgivingdancewars?
Planning on spending the holiday weekend catching up with your DVR? Make sure you don’t miss Tuesday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars.” In addition to sending two couples home (no spoilers here!), there’s an awesome number by hip-hop superstar Parris Goebel, a creative performance by Paula Abdul and, my personal favorite, a beyond stunning contemporary piece choreographed by some DS favorites, Derek Hough and Allison Holker. Some highlights:
Choreographers Allison and Derek set the mood.
Oh hey, Kathryn McCormick, looking gorgeous as always.
I see you, Melanie Moore.
Is that a slow motion jump? Mind blown.
Love the use of water. This gives “dancing in the rain” a whole new meaning.
Best. Closing pose. Ever
Forget to record the episode? Never fear, abc.com is here. Click here to watch.
If for some weird reason Derek Hough isn't already your dream dance bae, here's a little something that might just change your mind: his brand-spanking-new music video for Michael Bublé's "I Believe in You."
Today's the day. Go check out @michaelbuble new music video "I believe in you" which I Directed. My inspiration for this vide was simply everlasting love. The idea where two people can find and maintain love through a lifetime. Their belief in one another withstands the test of time. Love conquers all. #IBelieveInYou #michaelbuble Link in Bio ☝🏼️
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Because there's apparently nothing this man can't do, Derek choreographed, directed and starred in the super-sweet vid about childhood sweethearts who grow up to be—gasp!—Derek and a mystery lady! (TBH, I'm just imagining that's me dancing with Mr. Hough. #fangirl #sorrynotsorry)
So the big, important questions here are:
- Is Derek Hough the perfect dance partner/man/choreographer? (Well, duh.)
- Will this video be the soundtrack to your V-Day? (Unless you have a shriveled lump of coal for a heart, you bet it will.)
- Who is the mystery dancer playing Derek's boo? (Seriously, if you know who she is, let us know in the comments!)
The anticipation surrounding NBC's Hairspray Live! has been CRAZY ever since the project was announced last January. We've gushed over the cast list (Derek Hough! Ephraim Sykes! Kristin Chenoweth! Jennifer Hudson! Ariana Grande!), caught up with Hough to get the scoop on what rehearsals have been like (see our December issue), and watched every single cast interview that exists. But we haven't really been able to glimpse any of the dancing...until now!
NBC has gifted us with an extended preview—and, you guys, it's pretty much everything. It highlights all the dance-y goodness of the show and somehow gets us even more excited for the official air date. (Which is Wednesday night! Only two more sleeps!)
Not that we're all that shocked that the dancing looks fantastic: The show's original Broadway choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, also worked on the live version. "I'm thrilled to have the chance to do the show again," Mitchell told DS. "I planned to use the talents each star brought to the table to make the show shine, so expect some new riffs on some of my original moves."
Watch the sneak peek below, and make sure not to miss the show this Wednesday, December 7 at 8/7c on NBC.
Look at that smize! (ABC)
Is Derek Hough the World's Busiest Man™? It's entirely possible. From cha-cha-ing across the "Dancing with the Stars" floor to lighting up the small screen in Hairspray Live! to taking on Gene Kelly's iconic role in the Broadway revival of Singin' in the Rain, Hough is never not moving. Now it's been announced that he'll be trading one TV gig for another, bowing out of "DWTS" to join Jennifer Lopez's new show on NBC, "World of Dance." (Because when J. Lo calls, YOU ANSWER.)
Hough will be gracing the judges' table on "WOD," a competitive series featuring all kinds of dance styles and culminating in a one million—that's right, MILLION—dollar prize. You can read more about the show here, but the TL;DR take is that it's very, very legit. And with the addition of Hough's sure-to-be-on-point critiques, it's going to be even more so.
No premiere date has been set for "WOD" just yet. While we're waiting on that (and on that Singin' in the Rain revival, which has been postponed, wahh), you can see Hough's stuff on display when he plays Corny Collins in Hairspray Live! next Wednesday, December 7 on NBC. Read our interview with Hough in the December issue to find out how he's been prepping for the musical's non-stop action.
We called it (well, almost)! One of the fabulous Final Five is going to be cha cha-ing her way around the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom in two weeks. And while Simone Biles might have to wait until next season to don her dancing shoes, the gymnast gracing the floor this go-around is an even more natural fit for "DWTS": Laurie Hernandez, whose deliciously dance-y Olympic floor routine earned her a forever home in our hearts.
We'd like to request that all her "DWTS" routines begin with this exact wink, please and thank you. (via Giphy)
The full Season 23 "DWTS" cast list was revealed this morning on "Good Morning America," and while some of the other celeb choices left us scratching our heads (Ryan Lochte? Jeah no), there's lots of happy news on the pro front. For starters, the lovely Allison Holker is returning to show off her incredible post-baby body (dancing with, fittingly, Babyface). But also: Maks is back! Derek is back! CHERYL IS BACK, YOU GUYS!
Get your spray tan on and pull out your favorite bedazzled mini (as if you aren't already wearing it): Season 23 premieres Monday, September 12 on ABC. Here's the full cast list:
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Amber Rose
Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez
Artem Chigvintsev and Maureen McCormick
Sasha Farber and Terra Jole
Derek Hough and Marilu Henner
Witney Carson and Vanilla Ice
Lindsay Arnold and Calvin Johnson
Jenna Johnson and Jake T. Austin
Allison Holker and Babyface
Sharna Burgess and James Hinchcliffe
Emma Slater and Rick Perry
Cheryl Burke and Ryan Lochte
Gleb Savchenko and Jana Kramer
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The dance community is a powerful force—and it's pretty awesome to see that force harnessed to support important causes, like the battle against cancer. Nonprofit organization Dancers Against Cancer (not to be confused with the equally wonderful Dance Against Cancer team) just released a compelling PSA featuring some of the world's most famous dancers, aiming to raise awareness about the cause in the lead-up to the charity's Industry Dance Awards this summer.
Featuring Derek and Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Chita Rivera and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as young dancers Ruby Kaufman, Chloe Frank and Ahna Rasmussen, the video includes a series of powerful mantras: "Cancer will not overcome us." "Our dance community is making a difference." "Together, we will fight this disease." "Pain is real, but so is hope." (Hudgens' participation is especially moving—she lost her father to cancer earlier this year.)
Derek Hough for Dancers Against Cancer (screenshot via people.com)
So far, Dancers Against Cancer has raised $500,000 to help dancers, dance teachers and dance families affected by the disease. Get inspired by the video below, and then learn more about how you can support the organization.