JT Church and Robert Roldan in Travis Wall's "The Mirror" on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Michael Becker/FOX)

Congrats to this year's Outstanding Choreography Emmy nominees, announced yesterday morning in Hollywood! It's a pretty stellar list of names, with "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" choreographers earning four of the category's five slots. (Rockstar Mandy Moore was actually nominated for her work on both shows. 🙌 )

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The long, looooong countdown to the premiere of NBC's "World of Dance" is almost over, friends: Just 20 more sleeps until May 30, when we get to see its sure-to-be-fabulousness. And to get everybody EVEN MORE hyped about the show, exec producer Jennifer Lopez and fellow "WOD"-ers Jenna Dewan Tatum, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo have invited all dance lovers to take the #WorldOfDanceChallenge.

It's pretty simple, as these challenges go: Film yourself/your crew dancing the snippet of choreo in the vid below, set to J.Lo's "On the Floor." Upload it, using the #WorldOfDanceChallenge hashtag. Watch the show to see if your clip makes the master compilation video. Enjoy 15 minutes of social media fame/a lifetime of bragging rights if it does.

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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."

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!)

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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.

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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.

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