The Art of Finding Stillness through Movement

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Hough Family: Derek (son), Julianne (daughter), and Bruce (father) on the red carpet at the Emmys
Hough Family (from left): Derek, Julianne, and Bruce.

Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, spoke best: Movement is the foundation of stillness. Bruce R. Hough (ORGL, '18) discussed this correlation with his son and daughter, Derek and Julianne Hough: Emmy Award-winning dancers, choreographers, actors, and musicians. Known for their incredible dance talent and choreography, Derek Hough is also the author of  Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion, and Julianne is an accomplished actor and recording artist.

The three dived into the discussion of stillness and finding peace during quarantine. Observe the high-energy interaction among this family of dancers.

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The Hough Challenge

We encourage you to explore your own version of stillness, and the Houghs have a few suggestions to help get you started.

  1. Think about the ways you experience stillness.
  2. Challenge yourself to embrace stillness as a regular practice, beginning this week.
  3. Remember to include grace, both for yourself and for others.

Hough Family Bios

Bruce Hough is an independent venture capitalist, and former President of Nutraceutical Corporation. Bruce began his career in broadcasting and advertising (where he was awarded the prestigious International CLIO awards for broadcast advertising). He was a radio and TV host and pioneered the use of satellites for broadcast communication for sports, news, and entertainment programming for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, C-SPAN, CNN, BBC, the Japanese International Satellite Organization, and hundreds of local television stations. He developed among the first teleconferencing and distance learning applications and built corporate and private networks for multiple national and international companies.

Bruce graduated from Ricks College in Journalism and graduated from the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University. He participated in an Executive Management Program at Harvard for Broadcast Professionals. Bruce received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2018.

He is an avid hiker, aquatic sportsman, snow skier, and Ironman tri-athlete; loves reading, Mesoamerican archaeology, and travel. He is married to Debra Francom Hough (who has commented that “Bruce is interested in and curious about everything!”); they have ten children and twenty grandchildren. Hough was recently honored as “Father of the Year” in the State of Utah.


Derek was one of the professional dancers on ABC's Dancing With the Stars for multiple seasons between 2007 and 2016, winning a record six times with his celebrity partners. A gifted choreographer, he's received two Emmy Awards for his choreography on Dancing With the Stars. Derek started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend the prestigious Italia Conti performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance.

Hough spent his teen years in London, where he perfected his skills as a ballroom and Latin dancer; he was the Latin world champion by the time he was 18. He's toured with his younger sister, fellow dancer Julianne Hough, and has been in stage productions, movies and television shows, including as a judge on NBC's World of Dance.

Derek also wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion (2014). He loves to travel and participate in activities such as scuba diving, rock climbing and even skydiving. More about Derek


Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough is known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She was a two-time professional champion on ABC's top-rated Dancing With the Stars, before her transition to award-winning recording artist and making her mark on the world of motion pictures.

Julianne starred in Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven, Paradise, Burlesque, and in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages. She also was the lead in Paramount's 2011 remake of the classic movie musical, Footloose, and appeared in the comedy Dirty Grandpa. In 2016, Julianne played the role of Sandy in FOX Television's hit, Grease Live!.

Julianne always loved singing, dancing and acting. At age 10, she was presented with an opportunity to study performing arts in London, which established her fierce independence and was the beginning of a period of intense training and education. She returned to Utah at age 15 and, after graduating high school, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment.

In addition to her performing career, Julianne is also active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts. Julianne has worked with the Kind Campaign to create and host Kind Camp, empowering and encouraging girls to be confident. Her charitable affiliations range from causes and organizations that serve women and girls to those that are fueled by her passion for dogs and other animals. More about Julianne