Quick Facts of Derek Hough

Derek Hough

Derek Hough is an American professional Latin & ballroom dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer who is known for his work on the ABC dance competition series, Dancing with the Stars, on which he has won a record six seasons. With a total of 9 nominations, he won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for many routines that he choreographed for the show.

Hough has maintained a lucrative net worth and earns a handsome salary from his profession. Besides, he has dated a fellow dancer, Hayley Erber. To know more in details about Hough’s career as well as his personal life, net worth, and height, take a look into the biography of Derek Hough.

Who is Derek Hough? His Bio & Wiki

Derek Hough is one of the multi-talented personalities in the entertainment industry. Moreover, he earned a world championship title in the U-21 Latin American Dance competition. In 2016, Hough joined the judges’ panel on NBC’s World of Dance and also, starred in Chery Cole’s music video for the song, Parachute in 2010.


Hough was born on 17th May 1985 in Utah, Salt Lake City. Moreover, Hough’s nationality is American and his ethnicity is mixed of (English, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, 1/16 Danish, 1/32 Swedish, and French). He was the 4th child of Marianne and Bruce Hough, who were dancers. He also has 4 sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine, and Julianne Hough.

Derek Hough Childhood
Derek Hough Childhood

Unfortunately, Hough’s parents separated while he was only 12 years old, and later he sent to London to study under ballroom dancers Shirley Ballas and Corky Ballas. He spent 10 years in London and studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where he received training in theatre, gymnastics, song and many dance forms including jazz, tap, and ballet.

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Inside of Derek Hough’s Career

Talking about Derek Hough’s profession, Hough made his debut appearance at the season four of the reality dancing show, Dancing with the Stars, as a guest instructor in 2007. In the same year, he joined the crew as a professional instructor for the following season. Moreover, Hough paired with Jennie Garth, an actress, and the duo reached the semifinals during the season.


In 2017, Hough was seen as a judge on NBC’s summer TV show World of Dance, alongside Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez (Lopez, also an executive producer, chose Hough for the panel). The show, World of Dance features dancers from around the world competing for a $1 Million prize. A rating success, World of Dance was renewed for a third season even before its 2nd season hit the airwaves in 2018.

How much is Derek Hough’s Salary & Net Worth?

Derek Hough has an estimated net worth of $4 Million as of 2019. Moreover, he earns a lucrative amount of fortune from his profession. However, he hasn’t disclosed anything about his salary and earnings till yet. But, we can assume that he earns an average salary of an actor which is $50,249 in the United States. The earnings and financial data of Derek Houghs are listed below;

YearFinancial DataEarnings
2001November – Worldwide box office sales of the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a Hogwarts Schoolboy$974,760,000
2012June – Worldwide box office sales of the movie Rock of Ages as a dancer$59,420,000

January – Purchase value of Derek Hough and Mark Ballas’ home

April – Worldwide box office sales of the movie Make Your Move as Donny

August – First week sales of the book Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion (approximately 9 thousand copies sold)





January – Weekly salary from the television show Dancing with the Stars as one of the show’s dancers

Derek Hough’s House

During mid-2017‘s, Derek Hough bought a 3,358 square feet development property in Sherman Oaks for $1.795 million. The proposed house consists of 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a spa-like bath, and walk-in closet. He also reportedly sold his Studio City house at cost $1.85 Million in 2014.

Derek Hough’s Books

Apart from his multi-career, Derek Hough has authored a lot of books. In 2015, he published a book titled Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion. After his publication, he became a New York Times Best-Selling Author. On Amazon, his book is listed for $10.63 KIndle and $17.09 for Hardcover. So, his books are surely helping him to add more money to his bank balance.

Derek Hough’s Movies

Derek has made his appearances in many movies as well as in TV series. He played a cameo role in 2001 and 2012 movies, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Rock of Ages where the films grossed $975.1 Million and $59.4 Million on the box office.

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Who is Derek Hough’s Girlfriend? His Relationship & Affairs

Coming up to Derek Hough’s personal life, Hough dated Hayley Erbert, a troupe dancer on Dancing With the Stars, since July 2015. In July 2017, Erbert accompanied Hough to the wedding of his sister, Julianne and Brooks Laich.

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert
Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert

Prior to H0ugh’s relationship with Erbert, Hough has dated Shannon Elizabeth from Dancing With the Stars. The couple started dating a year-long relationship and later they ended their relationship in 2009 due to some misunderstanding between them. Later, Hough started dating Lauren Conrad, a designer for about 3 months in 2011.

Cheryl Cole And Derek Hough Getting Lunch At Subway
Cheryl Cole And Derek Hough Getting Lunch At Subway

Among the other women that Hough has romantically linked to many famous actresses including Nina Dobrev, Nikki Reed, and Cheryl Cole. Besides, he wasn’t involved in any relationship affair with any woman till yet. Moreover, he hasn’t faced any controversies and rumors regarding his personal life. Hence, Hough and Erbert is living happily and enjoying their company.