Julianne and Derek Hough “Move” Wolf Trap audience

Derek and Julianne Hough bring "Move" out for 42 shows in its second year

Move Live Tour - Derek and Julianne Hough - Image by Jacquie Kubin - all rights reserved by artists
Move Live Tour - Derek and Julianne Hough - Image by Jacquie Kubin - all rights reserved by artists

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2015 – Derek & Julianne Hough’s (pro: Huff) Move Live tour brought the siblings and ten energetic dancers to the Filene Center at Wolf Trap getting an enthusiastic audience that spanned from 5 to 75 up and, well,  moving.

The nearly two-hour show, with a 15-minute intermission, was a celebration of the affection these two Utah siblings have for each other. Move’s loose theme, as this writer saw it, is about family, and love, and celebration wrapped in lots of lights,  color and unbridled enthusiasm..

All of which is pretty “awe” worthy.


The Hough’s are both Dancing With The Stars superstars. As we learned during their playful “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” rendition, the Houghs– who both sing and dance – compared “Dancing With The Stars” mirror ball trophy’s (Julianne has two, Derek has five) and performed a variety of competitive routines.

Julianne Hough stepped onto the acting stage in 2010′s Burlesque and the Footloose remake in 2011. In the 2012 stage-to-screen adaptation of Rock of Ages Hough plays Sherrie Christian who has abandoned Tulsa, Oklahoma roots for Los Angeles in hopes of a musical career.

Derek had fun one-upping his sister, but I think as the only boy out of five children, he has probably stood pretty high on pedestal and she took it well. When she reminded Derek that she is a “judge” on DWTS, D. Hough replied “Those that can’t do, judge.”

.Julianne took a bit of time to talk about her role as DWTS judge describing her co-judges – Carrie Anne just gets all emotional; then there is grumpy old fuddy-duddy this and fuddy-duddy that Len Goodman but the real picker is putting up with this one, I have got a explosion coming out of my pants …. baby I love you! As one of the dancers gyrated and leaned across the desk in an approximation of outspoken, firecracker judge Bruno Tonioli.

Derek is jestingly harsh on his big sister however it seems the show is there to support Julianne with Derek taking the ringmaster role – which is not a bad thing – with love and pride in her accomplisments “as a dancer and a woman” nothing sis is role model for many young girls.

Move Live Tour with Julianne and Derek Hough (Exclusive slide show)

Not unlike DWTS where he is the moral compass of the show, guiding us to the next best performance, in Move he lets  Julianne shine and without a doubt she is an energetic performer and hoofs with the best of them offering a perfect comedic foil to Derek’s more sober presence.

Which is not to say he wasn’t brilliant.  Derek offered plenty of bare-chested, whip-snapping hips and thrusting pelvis moves to keep the very female audience happy – and reaching for the torn clothing he tossed into the audience.

And the stage did not contain him.  He could be found in the side aisles or at the back of the Filene Center watching the show. Filene Center also has a “special” section that is walled off to keep those not fortunate enough to score the first few rows of tickets.  While some may see that as a barrier, Derek saw it as a balance beam, nimbly dancing along its no more than 3′ width.

A standout of the show was Julianne and Derek’s performance of Wilson Pickett’s Land of 1000 Dances and then, with shades of Beetle Juice, Day O.

Pure fun.

Sets changed quickly thanks to the creative use of led screens that were broken up into a series of “pictures” and some creative uses of a tunnel that would allow for fast set changes and from which dancers would appear.

A favorite moment was when Julianne Hough dropped her vocal register to sing the pop-Gospel song “Down To The River To Pray Lyrics” by Alison Kraus from A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection.  The Filene Center, being a covered outdoor arena can be a musicians best, or worst, friend.  When the sound is done right, the rich tones from the wood ceiling and expansive out door area can be beautiful.

Unfortunately they thinned Hough’s voice out to the point that sometimes only dogs could hear her.

Which is a shame because Hough has a very likable voice and she can belt out a tune.

There were many great costume changes for the diminutive dancer; She started in black short shorts with a feathered vest that when removed showed Julianne’s pretty bralette and ring champion worthy belt.  One has to wonder if it is modeled after her Lip Synch trophy? (Julianne Hough’s performance on Lip Synch Battle is brilliant – but not for children so I won’t share the video here).

Her double breasted bright white sailor’s jacket costume in front of a patriotic red, white and blue light display a fitting touch for the holiday except for the choice of song. Hough sang “Candyman” written by Christinia Aguilera and Linda Perry who have said in interviews that the song was inspired by the Andrews Sisters 1941 hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (from Company B)”.

Considering the age of much of the audience, it may have been more appropriate to cover the 1941 hit as most mom’s would not want their 8 year olds dancing and singing Candyman.  It is puzzling as Hough is a huge supporter of women’s fierce power.

Derek Hough’s award winning choreography and sheer dance brilliance was evident throughout the show. Fans of Dancing With The Stars know that he is often the “pro” that sets the bar for the others to follow. His threats to leave the show last season sent cries of agony through universal dance fans.

There were quite a few moments that seemed to have been lifted from DWTS. From Season 18, Derek pulled a bit of his choreography from Amy Purdy’s Argentine Tango but one of the most exciting moments was when Chris, one of the guys from the audience brought up to shake it with the dancers, told J. Hough that he wanted to invite his “girlfriend” up on stage but that in keeping with the show theme, that girlfriend status needed to change.

That moment became super special as, not unlike Noah Galloway’s tearjerking proposal, Chris dropped to one knee to ask “Kate” to marry him. It would be remiss to not note that Chris wore a Capitals jersey featuring Brooks Laiche number, Julianne Hough’s boyfriend.

Yeah it was corny.  And the audience loved it.

The Hough’s also brought back Sia’s Elastic Heart from this springs 10th Anniversary / 20th Season including the jaw dropping twist and drop we saw Julianne perform from Derek’s shoulders.

Move carried on with non stop energy and ended with an upbeat message from the Houghs. Live life, find your light, dance your passions and Move:

We dare you to Love

We dare you to Cry

We dare you feel.

We dare you to try.

But most of all we dare you to


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  • Briana Florez

    Saw the show at Wolf Trap and this article covered it perfectly. Well done!