The lithe and fair-haired dancer Julianne Hough achieved on-stage (and on-camera) recognition during the 2006-2007 TV season, as the female champion of the ABC reality program Dancing With the Stars. Her partner that season was speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno; Hough returned to the show the following season, partnered up with Brazilian racecar driver Helio Castroneves, and again won the competition. Eventually she spread her wings, leaving the comfortable nest of Dancing With the Stars in order to appear in movies like Burlesque, Footloose, and the hair-metal jukebox musical Rock of Ages.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Grew up in Utah with four brothers and sisters. Lived in London for five years, from age 10 to 15, to train with top dance teachers. Along with her brother Derek, was part of the kids band 2B1G, which stood for "two boys, one girl." Assisted in choreographing Gwen Stefani's video for "Wind It Up." Won Dancing with the Stars two seasons in a row; with Apolo Anton Ohno in season 4, and with Helio Castroneves in season 5. Released her first country-music album, Julianne Hough, in May 2008. Landed her first lead acting role in the 2011 remake of Footloose.