Full Name: Julianne Alexandra Hough
Dance Style: Latin
Like many other DWTS pros, Julianne Hough hails from a dancing family. All four of her grandparents were dancers, and her parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college in Idaho. And get this, her brother Derek Hough is also a DWTS dancer! We love how this ABC dancing competish keeps it all in the family!
Her formal training began at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah, where she danced with Josh Murillo, among others, in Latin Ballroom; she began dancing competitively at nine. Her parents sent her and brother Derek to London for a year later to live and study with their coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas, and to spare them the strife of divorce. The Ballas' helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark, while schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy. They received training in song, theatre, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") when Hough was twelve, performed at dance competitions in the U.K. and the U.S., and showcased in a UK television show. At fifteen, Julianne Hough became the youngest dancer, and only American, to win both Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival. After five years in London, Hough returned to the U.S., first living with her mother for a year and attending Las Vegas Academy then returning to Utah to live with her father and graduating from Alta High. She then moved on her own to Los Angeles to begin her career.
One of her earliest professional experiences was as an assistant choreographer on Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" music video. She was featured in two television commercials and was an extra in an episode of Cold Case. She was one of the "Million Dollar Dancers" in the short-lived network television game show Show Me the Money.
Julianne's had an impressive run on DWTS. She's one of three two-time winners of Dancing With The Stars, and she did it in her first two appearances on the show! In her Season 4 debut, she and Olympic speed-skater Apolo Anton Ohno finished first, and in Season 5, she partnered with Indy Car driver Helio Castroneves to win the title. Other partners include Adam Carolla, Cody Linley and ex-boyfriend Chuck Wicks.
A true triple threat, Julianne sings, dances, and acts. Julianne is now pursuing a country music career, and her first album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart in May 2008. These days she's taking time off DWTS to tour and focus on her music. On top of her singing career, Julianne's snagged some juicy acting parts! Hough joined the cast of the musical Burlesque, where she'll sharing the screen with Christina Aguilera, Cher and Kristen Bell! She's also slated to star as Ariel in the 2010 remake of the Paramount film Footloose opposite GG heartthrob Chace Crawford as Ren McCormack. Homegirl's got a crazy year ahead of her!
Performance Roundup on DWTS:
Season 4: Apolo Anton Ohno (Finished 1st)
Season 5: Helio Castroneves (Finished 1st)
Season 6: Adam Carolla (Finished 9th)
Season 7: Cody Linley (Finished 4th)
Season 8: Chuck Wicks (Finished 6th)