- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (August 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062323199
- ISBN-13: 978-0062323194
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
It is an easy read and give insight into Derek''s childhood. He sounds like one of my hyperactive boys.Published 4 days ago by MJ
I was eager to read this book, but it was a disappointment. Maybe it was just Derek that disappointed me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by 'tired teacher
I have been in love with Derek Hough since the first time I saw he and his sister Julianne on Dancing With The Stars! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Bonnie Howell
I thought this book would be a bit of fluff, with Derek being on a show like Dancing with the Stars. Instead I found it to be a book filled with wisdom and inspiration. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kathy Kerr
I love him! The book was definitely more inspirational and motivating than I expected. It was a pleasant surprise! I've bought two other copies for gifts. It's a great book!Published 27 days ago by karatemomma