‘MOVE Live on Tour’ played the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 13! This was their 3rd concert in a row, but cast & crew were still rocking it 110%…. but sadly, Derek tweeted that he sustained a minor injury at the end of the show and apologized to the fans waiting outside to meet him. What a sweetheart! Hope your injury heals fast Derek! Good thing they have today (July 14) off before their concert in Denver, CO, tomorrow.
Nina Dobrev was also there, tweeting out some fun photos from rehearsal and before the show. This was her 3rd concert in a row… Lucky girl! Derek and Julianne also brought a lovely young lady named Brooke Van Reede up on stage. Check out all the great tweets, photos and videos below. Oh yeah, there was something new last night… a CONGA LINE!!
‘Move Live on Tour’ played the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 12! Once again the fans raved about the show… no surprise! Generous fans shared some wonderful video and photos which you can see below. Nina Dobrev (Julianne’s bff & actress from Vampire Diaries) was also there for her second show in a row… Check out the video Derek shared on his instagram of Nina dancing with the MOVE dancers on the bus after the show! It looks like the dance party doesn’t stop after the show. I love everyone’s energy!
Check out this awesome review by Joanne Fox for the Sioux City Journal, who sounded like she absolutely loved the show!
“Sioux City, you guys are awesome!” Julianne shouted at the end of the song.
“We feed off of your energy,” Derek pointed out. “So the more energy you have, the harder we will dance for you.”
The presentation showcased the legendary footwork of Derek, 29, and Julianne, who will turn 26 on July 20, which resulted in seven mirror ball trophies for the pair.
Ballroom purists may have been hoping for some “slow, slow, quick, quick” foxtrot steps or “cotton eye Joe” country moves. But the incorporation of a variety of dance styles, special effects, fabulous video projections and spectacular lighting was outstanding on a simple set that had a nine-step staircase and several large black cubes for different levels of dancing.
Derek was particularly strong in a shirtless number as were his backup male dancers with their own six-pack abs. Their moves were so precise and provocative, it was hard to decide whether to hold up a paddle (like the DWTS judges) or go out and have a cigarette.
Not to be outdone, Julianne – in a breath-taking, red sequined dress – performed a Latin dance with her support dancers. Then, Derek joined her, still shirtless, as a toreador, and they flawlessly danced a paso doble, with Derek doing some fancy twirling of Julianne’s skirt, as if he were preparing for a bullfight.
‘Move Live on Tour’ landed in Chicago, Illinois, on July 9 and performed what sounds like an absolutely AMAZING show! Many of our MOVE dancers commented on Instagram and twitter about the incredible audience. It really does make a different to them the amount of energy the audience gives…. the more you give them, the more they give back to us!!
But first, the cast & crew enjoyed a day off in Chicago and many went sightseeing based on their Instagram photos. One of Julianne’s best friends and Derek’s ex-gf, Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), surprised Julianne and Derek by attending their Chicago show, as well. Check out all the fun photos below!!
HQ Photos from Minneapolis, MN, concert at Northrup Auditorium!!
Check out this interesting interview that Derek did with AZ Central in lieu of their show in Phoenix, AZ, on July 20.
Q: How difficult is the show?
A: It’s extremely challenging. We’re in every single number. It’s pretty relentless.
Q: So how do you relax after that?
A: That’s the thing. I went straight from “Dancing With the Stars” to this show and then will go into my book tour (his first book, “Taking the Lead,” will be published in August). It’s momentum. It’s always good, to keep moving and keep going.
Q: What’s more pressure: Being judged on “Dancing With the Stars” or doing this?
A: I wouldn’t say there’s more pressure. There’s just more of a standard, if you know what I mean. I always hold a certain standard for myself, whether you’re playing for 6,000 people or 700 people. I always want to make sure I go up there and give the best performance I possibly can, and I want to get better and better.
Derek also started to promote his new book coming out on August 5th called “Taking the Lead: A Live Lived in Motion”. I cannot wait to read this book and learn what makes this guy tick! Haha! Make sure you pre-order the book here!
Love the fan response from the Chicago show! Check all the great tweets, photos, and videos taken from last night. I also read that Derek, Julianne, Nina and other friends went to a nearby club after the show!
On July 6, ‘Move Live on Tour’ played another SOLD OUT show at the Louisville Palace Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky! During the day Derek, Kristy, Ashley, Paul, and Jake did some local sightseeing and the Louisville Sluggers Museum! Check out the fun photos below… =) So happy for them that they get a little sightseeing fun before their shows and I love seeing their pictures all over the country!
Check out all the fantastic tweets, photos, and videos from the wonderful Kentucky fans! It sounds like the Houghs are changing lives for the better & the inspiring people which each tour stop! I love seeing all the amazing tweets sent to them after the shows… =)
‘Move Live on Tour’ visited Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 2nd playing at the Riverbend PNC Event Center to yet another SOLD OUT crowd! This was their first outdoor venue and we hear that it was 90 degree weather!! So not only was the dancers hot, it was literally damn hot at the arena!! LOL! But it looks like the fans had an amazing time because of all the happy and satisfied tweets, photos and videos I found!
Prior to the show, Julianne and Derek visited the Cincinnati Children’s hospital on behalf of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation! Check out the photos below, as well, as the official FACEBOOK for the hospital!
Make sure you check out this great review by ISpy Cincy! They also have some fantastic photos at their blog!
Here is another fun blog from the Cincinnati show by the Three Divas, who gave Julianne a delicious cake after the show! Make sure you check out the fun pictures!
Another SOLD OUT show for ‘Move Live on Tour’ at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, on June 24 2014! But first the cast & crew enjoyed a much needed day off yesterday. It sounds like the Move Dancers relaxed in NJ, while Julianne celebrated her boyfriend’s (Brooks Laich) birthday, and Derek did some sightseeing in NYC (including the 9-11 Memorial). We also found out that NappyTabs is working on a mystery project for Broadyway! Congratulations to Napoleon and Tabitha!
But another reason that Derek was in NYC was because he has a surprise guest appearance on The View this morning! Check out photos and video at PureDerekHough!
Check out this review from Robert Johnson at NJ.com who went to the NYC Broadway show…. Don’t agree with some of it though!
Check out these great miscellaneous photos and videos from the cast & crew, as well as, the fans … Then check out all the great tweets, photos, and videos from the fans tonight at Count Basie Theatre!
‘Move Live on Tour’ landed in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center! They had a day off in between the Sarasota and Atlanta shows and many of the dancers tweeted what they did during their R&R time.. like work out and go sightseeing!! Fans tweeted out lots of love for Derek and Julianne’s show, as well as, amazing photos and videos. Check them out below! I also found lots of cool photos and videos from the Sarasota concert that you can check out before, including some more HQ photos from the Hollywood concert via Just Jared Jr!
But first check out this ROCK STAR moment for Derek! He’s been singing and playing instruments as long as he has been dancing… and music has always been a part of his being! I hope he releases an album in the future because I know one of his dreams was to be a rock star! LOL!
Great photos taken by Gregory Dotson at the Sarasota concert! Check them out here!
A mostly positive review of ‘Move Live on Tour’ from Arts Sarasota… But the author told me she loved the concert on twitter! LOL!
Before I come across as a cranky old biddy and incite the wrath of “DWTS” fanatics, let me say that there was plenty of amazing dancing talent on display too. The best, of course, came from the Houghs, who are blessed with a gene pool that combines insane physical agility, unbelievable good looks with a surfeit of charisma. (Oh, and they can sing too.) Between them, there wasn’t a single move in 90 minutes that seemed contrived, inauthentic or less than full-out, whether it was hip-hop to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” or jive to “Great Balls of Fire.”
Julianne’s singing was hampered only by excessive volume and Derek had an engaging way of making his between-numbers banter seem less than canned. Their frequent exchanges with audience members — moving through the house or inviting fans onstage to dance — amped up the enthusiasm level. Wisely, they avoided any “romantic” numbers together, opting for brotherly/sisterly jibes, including a round of “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.” (Julianne won for holding the longest note and getting the most applause, which she scored by asking, “How many of you ladies would like to take Derek home with you tonight?”)
Derek rides around Lisa in Sarasota! 😉
Just Jared Jr photos from the Hollywood, Florida, concert! Check them out here!