Julianne Hough Biography

Julianne Hough is a renowned American dancer, performer, and celebrity judge. This biography profiles her childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.

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Birthday: July 20, 1988

Nationality: American

Famous: Choreographers American Women

Age: 31 Years, 31 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Julianne Marie Hough, Julianne Alexandra Hough, Jules, Julianne

Born in: Orem, Utah, United States

Famous as: Dancer

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females


father: Bruce Robert Hough

mother: Mari Anne Hough

siblings: Derek Hough, Katherine Hough, Marabeth Hough, Sharee Hough

U.S. State: Utah

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education: Alta High School, Las Vegas Academy, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

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Julianne Hough is a renowned American dancer, performer, celebrity judge and the face of one of the best dance movies made, 'Footloose'. She is known to her fans for her outstanding career as a dancer and choreographer. The dancer’s feet started tapping and her heart started rumbling to music when she was as young as 10. After going through highs and lows in her dance as well as acting career, she has now established herself as one of the most prominent choreographers in the industry. She also has the distinction of being a two-time professional champion of the well-known dance reality show, 'Dancing with the Stars'. Julianne has won several awards and competitions, which has made her a household name. She is mainly known as the face of the movie ‘Footloose’ and as the fourth permanent judge of 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2014. Inspiring a number of young hearts across the globe, Julianne has gone about spreading her rhythmic and soulful magic through dance, defining and re-defining her passion for dance and choreography. As she herself says, “Adrenaline is the reason I do what I do.”

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Born on 20th July 1988, Julianne is the daughter of Marianne and Bruce Hough. Julianne is the youngest of the five children in her family. She was born in Orem, Utah, in a family of dancers.
  • She, along with her brother Derek Hough has been champion of 'Dancing with the Stars', multiple times. Her three older sisters are Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine.
  • She started training formally at the Center Stage Performing Arts along with Josh Murillo in Latin Ballroom. She began to participate in dancing competitions at the age of nine. She was just 10 when her parents divorced; she along with her brother Derek was sent to London to live and study with Corky and Shirly Ballas.
  • She joined her brother, Derek at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where they received training in theater, song, gymnastics and several forms of dance, including ballet, jazz and tap.
  • She was the youngest American dancer to win both International Latin Youth Champion and Junior World Latin Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival.
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  • Hough’s career has seen an amazing number of highs. She became one of the ‘Million Dollar Dancers’ on the ABC game show called, 'Show Me The Money' in 2006.
  • She went on to bag the trophy of the renowned dance reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars - Season 5’, and became the youngest professional dancer to win the show. But once wasn’t enough for the dancer as she won the title of professional champion at the same show in November 2007.
  • In July 2008, she received a nomination in the category of "Outstanding Choreography" at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.
  • As it would turn out to be, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ played a very important role in her career as an exceptional dancer and choreographer.
  • She turned down season 7 of the show due to abdominal pain. But, as it turns out, she did return for the eighth season, with her then boyfriend and partner Chuck Wicks.
  • Hough returned back to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on October 11, 2011, and danced with her ‘Footloose’ co-star Kenny Wormald, as well as her brother.
  • After being placed as a guest judge on the show in October 2013, she finally returned as the fourth permanent judge, first former pro to become the same.
  • She made a mark as a country singer after her debut album released in 2007, standing proudly at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and #3 on the Billboard 200.
  • Being actively involved in charities and humanitarian efforts, her first album release aimed at raising funds for the American Red Cross.
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  • She performed her second single 'My Hallelujah Song' on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in November 2008. Her brother Derek Hough, Lacey Schwimmer, and Mark Ballas danced to it.
  • Hough released "Is That So Wrong", to country radio on June 21, 2010. This song was projected as the lead song for her second album, ‘Wildfire’, but due to unknown reasons the album never released.
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Major Works
  • A lesser known fact is that Hough started her acting career with 'Harry Porter: The Sorcerer’s Stone' in 2001. She appeared in her first leading role as Ariel Moore in the 2011 remake of ‘Footloose’, opposite Kenny Wormald.
  • She appeared in the role of Sandy Young in Fox's presentation of the musical ‘Grease’ on January 31, 2016.
Awards & Achievements
  • She is a two-time professional champion of ABC's ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and was nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Choreography in season five of the show.
  • She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2015.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Julianne Hough was in a short relationship with country singer Chuck Wicks from August 2008 to November 2009. Their break-up was mutual and it inspired her to compose the song ‘Is That So Wrong’.
  • After her breakup with Chuck Wicks, she dated radio personality and TV host Ryan Seacrest sometime from 2010 to 2013.
  • In February 2014, it came to light that she was dating NHL professional hockey player Brooks Laich since December 2013. Julianne Hough and Laich got engaged on August 18, 2015.
Net Worth
  • As of March 2017, Julianne Hough’s net worth is believed to be $7 million, thanks to her amazing career as a dancer and musician.
  • She was ranked #30 on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 Women of 2008.
  • At age 18, she was engaged to Zack Wilson in 2006.
  • Hough idolizes Dolly Parton.

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