Looking for an expert when it comes to being a successful dancer? Look no further than Derek Hough. He’s won Dancing with the Stars six times (a show record), received two “Outstanding Choreographer” Primetime Emmy’s (nominated for eight), and much more. He comes from a family of dancers and performers (his sister is Julianne Hough) and has performed and choreographed around the world. Here are some of his best quotes about dance, performing, and success.

  • “For me, I like to push myself… I hate feeling complacent or that I’m not learning.”
  • “For me, a dream partner is someone who is willing to learn and to put their trust in me.”
  • “When you’re a choreographer and you put so much into a routine that’s emotionally driven, those are like my ideas and my little babies that I have here and then I put them out there and they’re there to be judged and looked at. When it’s all over, it’s just such a relief.”
  • “Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.”
  • “I always want to be the best at what I do. That doesn’t mean compared to other people, but just in what you do.”
  • “Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.”

To see Derek Hough behind the judge’s table, tune into NBC’s World of Dance May 30th at 10/9 central to see the world’s best dancers battle it out for a whopping $1 million prize. Don’t miss exclusive interviews, performances, and more from the definitive source for all things NBC World of Dance.

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