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Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion
     

Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion

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by Derek Hough
 

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Derek Hough, the dashing Emmy Award-winning fan favorite, and only five-time champion of the hit ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars, tells the inspiring story of his life and career, and shares insider tips of how he transforms his celebrity dance partners into confident, charismatic champions.

For eleven seasons, millions of people have tuned

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Derek Hough, the dashing Emmy Award-winning fan favorite, and only five-time champion of the hit ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars, tells the inspiring story of his life and career, and shares insider tips of how he transforms his celebrity dance partners into confident, charismatic champions.

For eleven seasons, millions of people have tuned in to 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 instills in each of his celebrity partners a deep passion, respect for hard work, and an irrepressible joie de vie spirit.

Now, for the first time ever, Derek opens up about his life and the lessons he’s learned on and off the dance floor, revealing how he went from bullied boy to ballroom boss. He details how his experiences have taught him to embrace a positive outlook, and shares the insights he’s gained working with celebrity partners, along with never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories from the show.

Throughout, Derek spills the real secrets of learning to dance—connection, respect, and cooperative commitment—and demonstrates how he draws on the lessons of dance and competition to embrace and overcome the daily challenges we all face.

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Library Journal
01/01/2014
Five-time Emmy Award nominee and the only four-time champion of the hit ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars, Hough explains how he turns stumbling celebrity partners into commendable dancers. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062323217
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
9,450
File size:
2 MB

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Emmy Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Derek Hough is the only five-time champion in the franchise history of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars. At eleven years old, Hough started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City and one year later moved to London to attend a performing arts school where he studied theatre, music, and dance. He has been nominated six times for an Emmy Award, has acted in film, and has performed in London's West End and on Broadway. He also has headlined at Radio City Music Hall and has teamed up with his sister, Julianne, for a live stage dance concert called Move Live On Tour.

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Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KellyRNCCRN More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book! For the first time, Derek opens up about how he was bullied as a young child in Utah. As a mom myself, it made me want to cry and just give him a big hug. I've been a fan of Derek pretty much since the beginning of his debut on Dancing with the Stars but he really caught my eye in season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger. I had a chance to see his Move Live on Tour last month with his sister Julianne and got to meet them both prior to the show. They were both so sweet and nice! SO much more gorgeous in person. Derek shares his lessons he's learned over the course of his life in this book. He shares competing on the international ballroom dance circuit in Europe while under the tutelage of Corky and Shirley Ballas in London. He tells of how he got involved with Dancing With the Stars. Several of his former Dancing with the Stars partners share snippets of what they think of Derek at the end of the chapters..we hear from Shawn Johnson, Amber Riley, Maria Menounos, Jennie Garth, Jennifer Grey, Amy Purdy, Brooke Burke and his Season 16 partner, Kellie Pickler, wrote the forward for this book! If you ever wanted to know more about the man who has won Dancing with the Stars an unprecendented FIVE TIMES and who also won an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography last year (he's also nominated again this year), I highly recommend you read this book. If you are one of those people who think Derek is an arrogant jerk? Again, read this book, I think it'll change your mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved Taking the Lead. I know of Derek Hough from his work on Dancing with the Stars, but was so interested to find out the background and experiences of the man I see every week on TV. It is such a vivid and interesting life. From being bullied as a child to his success on TV, Derek Hough really lets you into his life.
MaLadyReadsalot More than 1 year ago
This is not a biography but a look into personal events of Derek's life from trials and tribulations to successes and failures all of which push him to constantly strive for improvement in himself and others. An easy and empowering read to prove life goes on, failure is not a loss but a challenge from which one should learn then move on. You're the one who decides if you "go for it with gusto" or "just give up"!
Anonymous 8 months ago
An amazing, gifted, grown up boy who never rests on the words "I can't" because he can.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I can't say enough about this book. It is moving, guiding, and passionate. I read the book in 6 days and I NEVER read books. He draws you in and guides you through his entire journey. He makes you understand the part of life that is hidden: following a dream. IT IS A MUST READ- I recommend at least trying it. I couldn't keep my eyes off the book.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! I have loved watching Derek dance on DWTS since he started. And the book just exuded his warmth and caring and special talents on every page. I wasn't sure what to expect in a book - but I am telling everyone I know how great it is. Thank you, Derek, for sharing your thoughts and bio (to date) with us. I imagine your future has lots more of the fun and fabulous in store for you. You will make it so!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the drive Derek has to always strive to do his best and motivate people along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good would recommend to anybody
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I enjoy biographys very much it gave insiration & something to think about
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Very dry and dull. I felt like it was a waste of both time and money.