Unsteady: The Story Behind The Dance

This week on Dancing With The Stars, Derek and I performed a dance that will certainly be one of my most memorable. To me this piece was so much more than a dance. It was an opportunity for us to tell our story while expressing our deepest emotions, the ones we’ve protected the longest and the most.

The magic and beauty in dance is that I am able to express my heart through movement. This opportunity is something we can all practice in our own way. It doesn’t have to be dance, either. You can express yourself through movement by painting, hiking, singing, or even talking. Whatever you’re feeling shouldn’t be held in. Let it go through movement in a way that works for you!

Many of you might be able to relate to our dance which represented some of the tougher times my family went through when I was growing up. I can truly say those testing times are the ones that brought us closer and made us who we are as individuals and as a family. I mean this from my heart — whatever you are going through is going to work out in time and it will be for the best. Just hang on tight and hold on tighter to the ones you love.


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Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Frank Wynerth Summers III

    Julianne you surpass the quality of most expression…

  • I literally cant watch it without crying… every time

  • Frank Wynerth Summers III

    My ancestral heritage and many greats grandfather died less than a year after he helped settle a new land with his reunited family your dance evokes that for me:
    “Here is interesting historical fact: 252 years ago on April 8, 1765, Joseph Beausoleil Broussard, the famous leader of the Acadian Resistance in Acadie, was named by the Spanish government– that controlled the colony of La.– to be the Commandant of the Acadians of the Attakapas Territory.”
    From one of our ethnic association emails.

  • Kimber

    Could not have seen the dance and read your meaning behind it at a more opertune time…

  • Jennifer McClurg

    It was very emotional for me to watch because it was my exact experience growing up. My brother and I have been best friends because of it our entire lives and to this day. Thank you for sharing, your dance displayed emotion I cannot accurately describe with words of my own.

  • Norma

    It was so magical and beaufitul, I am not tired to say that Derek and you are magic in motion. God bless you and good luck with move beyond.
    International fan here so I hope to see your incredible dances on youtube 🙂

  • Jenna Peach

    You are the BEST dancer!!!

  • DereknJules✨RayDeni

    Hi Julianne! This performance was heart-wrenching so beautifully danced and interpreted and even stronger message! You and Derek really show us why MOTION=EMOTION
    Every time you dance the passion and energy you have and share with the audience is truly magical.
    I’m an international fan, I saw the first videos of Move Beyond on youtube and I just want to say you guys are the best dancers and performers out there, THANK YOU for blowing our mind with your incredible talent and creativity. (Would ba a dream if you make the tour international one day 🙂 )
    Your shows always are a celebration to live life to the fullest no matter what.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration to be the best version of ourselves and bringing us so much joy! Love you Jules and Derek❤
    Best of luck with Move Beyond! ✨