Derek Hough
Derek Hough was born on May 17, 1985 in Salt Lake City, UT to a family filled with dancers; both sets of his grandparents as well as his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college. Hough has four sisters, including fellow performer and former "Dancing with the Stars" castmate Julianne. When he was 12, Hough was sent to London to study with professional dance coaches Shirley and Corky Ballas at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

He and his sister also appeared as extras playing Hogwarts schoolchildren in the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" (2001). Hough remained in London for 10 years, working as a dance instructor and joining various dance competitions. His hard work paid off in 2002 when Hough was named IDSF World Youth Latin Champion along with his dance partner Aneta Piotrowska. After Hough moved to Los Angeles, he made his television debut on the reality competition series "Dancing with the Stars," the show he still performs on today. His work on the show also earned him several Emmy Award nominations and a 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Choreography.