I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Derek Hough is the Gene Kelly of today’s generation. The only problem? Aside from Dancing With The Stars, he doesn’t get the credit he’s due. While the ABC show is certainly an impressive platform, I know there’s more for him, and his agents just haven’t found it yet.
Watch his Horror Night tango performance alongside the extremely talented Hayley Erbert (also Derek’s girlfriend) set to “Deadwood/New Blood” by Really Slow Motion/Zayde Wølf.
I’ve been tough on Derek Hough. I consider him to be one of the best dancers of his generation, and I felt he’s degraded his brand with wasted judging stints that take time that would be better served choreographing a Broadway show. It was fine when he was a dancer on Dancing With The Stars because at the very least — we got to see him perform.
When Hough launched his YouTube channel with his longtime girlfriend Hayley Erbert, you can predict my displeasure. It felt silly, not to mention I did not understand the romantic connection. As it turns out, there is quite the connection. Erbert has been one of the troupe dancers on Dancing with the Stars since season 21, and she was also a top-six finalist on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. When that you took the stage on Dancing With The Stars, it all became clear. They are both phenomenal dancers — and together they are a force.