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Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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From the Back Cover
Sometimes I've taken home the trophy, sometimes I've stumbled or tripped over my own feet. But every move I've made has shaped me into the person I am today.
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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't think any of his former partners on DWTS would have anything bad to say about him and he is still good friends with most of them today. Several of them, Shawn Johnson, Brooke Burke, Jennie Garth, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey and Amber Riley talk of how Derek inspired them. Kellie Pickler with whom he won Season 16 of the show wrote the forward of this book!
Someone asked him and his sister that if DWTS did another all star season, whom would they want for their partner? Derek said Kellie Pickler because she had a way with her sweet silliness of drawing him out of a funk. They really were a fun pair to watch on the dance floor that season and I think their freestyle was my favorite of any I've EVER seen in 18 seasons of DWTS!
Derek offers motivation and advice and I have picked up a few ideas and changes in my OWN life that I plan to make after reading Derek's book! I highly recommend it! I know that there are a LOT of people who can't stand this man but I urge you to read his book and I think that maybe you'll change your mind ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surprised me with a very good book. Well written and quite interesting. Derek is an amazing dancer and choreographer. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've enjoyed watching Derek on tv and in person. Few people in the world can change others just by being watched. Derek is one of them. Read the book. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Diana K Liles
Excellent!!! This was such an inspiring book for anyone, not. Just people who dance. RebeccaPublished 1 month ago by rebecca
Love Derek Hough, and it was interesting getting to hear about how he got started.... 10/10 would buy again :DPublished 1 month ago by Heather Bernabe
Absolutely loved this. It was an inspiring read that held many truths and thoughtful wisdom. Several passages ring so true they become the quotes to inspire others.Published 2 months ago by Tiffany
This book is great, bought it for my best friend who is absolutely in love with Derek Hough. She told me she finished it in just a few days (and she is not a big reader at all). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caroline L.
Best book I have read in a long time. Derrick is so inspirational and I need to read it again.Published 2 months ago by Dee Boghosian