He doesn't immediately start leaping and twirling (nor does he pull us aside for a quick foxtrot, unfortunately), but he's happy to take a few airborne steps for photos and to share that a simple hip swivel is the easiest dance you can do.
USA TODAY caught up with the 29-year-old at a recent stop on his just-wrapped Move Live on Tour.
He shared the "leading lessons" from his book (Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion), along with how they apply to his daily life.
Leading lesson: Failure can't live in the company of perseverance."I was this scrawny little guy in Utah, and I would get punched in the face. I have a sense of 'Wow, wonder where they were in their minds?
He has come a long way since growing up in Utah with superstar sister Julianne.
Hough has also starred in various stage productions, including the 2006 original production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novello Theatre in London's West End, as well as the 2015 New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York City."Mark and I actually met in Utah because his parents were teaching dance there," Hough said."And when they moved to London I moved over there with his parents and we became like brothers really. It’s cool because I remember us being kids in our bedroom back in London and being like, hey man it’s so weird that we’re going to be best men at each other’s weddings. ” Derek has enjoyed the bright lights of Hollywood, including starring on “Dancing with the Stars” with his sister Julianne and best friend Mark. I'm fine with it, I promise." Their relationship has obviously survived it!Derek Hough is a true Hollywood triple threat - acting, singing and of course dancing - his way around the ballroom.