Derek Hough: Age, Girlfriend, Facts, Net Worth (+Twitter, Instagram Photos)

November 24, 2014 Last Updated: November 24, 2014

Derek Hough is one of the most talented dancers on Dancing With the Stars, and consistently brings his non-pro partners to the final rounds of the show.

Derek, 28, first appeared on the show in season 4 in 2007 as a guest instructor with sister Julianne Hough and her partner Apolo Anton Ohno. The next season he joined as a professional dancer and was teamed with Jennie Garth–they made it to the semifinals before being eliminated, getting in fourth place overall.

Derek has been in every season since then except for season 12, during which he was filming Make Your Move 3D. He’s been extremely successful, winning the Mirror Ball five times, and routinely getting near the top if he and his partner don’t win it all.

Some fans note that Derek often gets younger and athletic partners but his feats are still impressive nonetheless.

“Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability,” according to ABC.

Hough is not believed to currently have a girlfriend, although he has dated a lot over the years. He had a relationship with India de Beaufort from 2000 until 2008, the year he began dating Shannon Elizabeth after they met (and were partners) on DWTS.

Hough and Elizabeth later split, and his other relationships have included Cheryl Cole and Nina Dobrev.

Besides dancing, Derek has dabbled in music, writing, and acting. He had a band with close friend Mark Ballas for a while, and published his first book in August 2014.

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Derek Hough and Bethany Mota. (Derek Hough/Instagram)
Derek Hough and Bethany Mota. (Derek Hough/Instagram)

 

Derek Hough, with Jimmy Fallon and Julianne Hough, at the Emmys. (Derek Hough/Instagram)
Derek Hough, with Jimmy Fallon and Julianne Hough, at the Emmys. (Derek Hough/Instagram)

 

(Derek Hough/Instagram)
(Derek Hough/Instagram)

 

Derk Hough behind the scenes on Make Your Move. (Derek Hough/Twitter)
Derk Hough behind the scenes on Make Your Move. (Derek Hough/Twitter)

 

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough in Dancing With the Stars season 19. (ABC)
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough in Dancing With the Stars season 19. (ABC)

 

Derek has appeared in multiple movies, including Rock of Ages, and a number of television shows, including a recent stint on Nashville.

He has also acted in multiple plays, including Burn the Floor on Broadway.

According to the blog Pure Derek Hough, Derek was born on May 17, 1985 in Salt Lake City. His parents and all four of his grandparents were all dancers, and Derek has said that his mother saw him and his four siblings as “the blonde Osmonds.”

Derek participated in sports, art classic, music lessons, and dancing when he was young. He was convinced to undergo the latter when he figured out that that is where all the girls were.

Derek met two high-level coaches–Mark’s parents–at a school in Utah and Derek moved with them to England. Julianne soon moved to join them.

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Dancer Derek Hough and host committee member Kate Hudson attend Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkles Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
Dancer Derek Hough and host committee member Kate Hudson attend Goldie Hawn’s inaugural ‘Love In For Kids’ benefiting the Hawn Foundation’s MindUp program transforming children’s lives for greater success at Ron Burkles Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)

 

(L-R) Lindsay Arnold, Derek Hough and Whitney Carson attend OK! TV Awards Party at Sofitel Hotel on August 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
(L-R) Lindsay Arnold, Derek Hough and Whitney Carson attend OK! TV Awards Party at Sofitel Hotel on August 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Derek Hough

Mark Ballas and Derek Hough attend OK! TV Awards Party at Sofitel Hotel on August 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
Mark Ballas and Derek Hough attend OK! TV Awards Party at Sofitel Hotel on August 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

 

 Professional dancers Julianne (L) and Derek Hough attend the EXTRA 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 5 celebration party on October 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Professional dancers Julianne (L) and Derek Hough attend the EXTRA ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 5 celebration party on October 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

Dancers Julianne Hough (R) and brother Derek arrive at the 2007 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Dancers Julianne Hough (R) and brother Derek arrive at the 2007 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

 

Derek attended a performing arts school, Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. He competed and tried out for a range of roles and finally landed the leading role of Ren in Footloose in London’s West End, the equivalent of Broadway. 

He later decided to join DWTS in season 5 despite hesitating because he and Mark had bigger ambitions for music than dancing.

Derek is now worth an estimated $3 million.

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