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Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life In MotionDerek Hough

Derek HoughNew York Times Bestseller

Season after season, millions of fans tune into Dancing with the Stars to watch Derek Hough, the talented, consummate competitor whose skill and commitment have made him the show's all-time champion. Whether he's dancing with an Olympic gold medalist, an internationally renowned recording star, or a celebrated actress, Derek has an undeniable talent for bringing out the best in his partners. He does more than just tutor them in the fox-trot and paso doble—he teaches them how to see beyond their limits and realize their true potential.

Now, for the first time ever, Derek opens up about his transformation from bullied little boy to accomplished performer and coach who lets nothing—and no one—stand in his way. In Taking the Lead he details how his experiences have taught him to embrace a positive outlook, channel his creativity and drive, and face his fears head-on.

From his early training in London beginning at the age of twelve, to grueling dance competitions around the world, to never-before-told stories from behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars, Derek writes with honesty and insight about his extraordinary journey. And in sharing his own story, he shows all of us how we can take charge of pursuing our goals, overcome obstacles, and become winners—not just on the dance floor but in life.


Derek Hough began dancing at age eleven in his hometown of Salt Lake City and moved to London a year later to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend the Italia Conti Academy. A multitalented entertainer, Emmy Award–winner, and the only five-time champion of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, Derek has performed in London's West End and on Broadway. He lives in Los Angeles.

Published by William Morrow in 2014.