‘Dancing With the Stars’: Derek Hough Channels Astaire

Dancing With the Stars Creative Arts

Choreographer recreates a Hollywood classic, pronto

One Emmy-nominated routine from “Dancing With the Stars” had Derek Hough replicating Fred Astaire’s famous “dancing on the walls and ceiling” routine from “Royal Wedding.”

Conrad Green, executive producer: “When I do my job on this show, you’re an enabler rather than a producer. We say you have to do something new, and when you’ve done 300 episodes, new is pretty hard to come by. That’s the big challenge: to keep coming up with something original.”

Derek Hough, choreographer: “Fred Astaire had months to prepare and weeks to film that one scene. I was given three days. And not only just three days – three days in which I was also doing full routines with my partner, Kellie Pickler. I was also choreographing her and teaching her on top of going in and doing this. I would wake up at 6 in the morning and rehearse with the box – the rotating room – for a couple of hours and work with Kellie Pickler all day and go back and work on the box routine. It was like 16- or 17-hour days that week and pretty intense, but when it all goes through it’s a wonderful feeling.”

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  1. fern stiteler says:

    Derek deserves to win, he is the best out there,the show would not be the same without his talent

  2. elmaril says:

    Derek Hough deserves to win the Emmy more than ever this year! He is a double nominee in the category and not only does he choreograph several different styles of dance whose routines were nominated, but he is nominated for contemporary, which he has never choreographed or danced before! In addition, he dances in all of his routines and he is teaching his challenging choreo to non-dancers… unlike the other choreographers. I hope this is Derek’s year because it’s long overdue!

  3. mea says:

    I now believe it when … Len Goodman, one of the judges on DWTS mentioned on a TV interview …I don’t use this word often, but Derek Hough is a genius. Also Maestro Victor Vener of Calif Phil mentioned that Derek is a choreographer genius.

    • Derek Hough’s creative genius is as awesome as his indefatigable energy! Now i read from his own testimony the troubles he went through multitasking! While he was getting Kellie Pickler to dance her way to the trophy, it seemed to me he was also assigned every special dance project in the show. And how great they were! His ethereal Contemporary with, exquisite Brilynn Rakes! Then the incredibly complicated Gravity Defying Astaire Homage!He’s never lost a pro-star group dance competition, and always he’s asked to head the team! No doubt in my mind Derek Hough is a once in a lifetime genius dancer-choreographer who reinvents himself while he pushes the art of dancing to new frontiers! I cannot believe he had not previously designed his Gravity thing,and that he did it in a few days while, at the same time, training Pickler! So well, they won the Mirror Trophy! Hope he keeps shining bright for decades and keeps delighting us and the world of music and dance! P. S. He sings too… plays the guitar, acts, and is a great, very human being! Hail to the Hough!

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