Dancing with the Stars Julianne Hough and her brother Derek perform a heartbreaking dance about their parent’s divorce. Poignant and powerful!
Here is their story on Country Rebel:
Derek Hough returned to his old ‘Dancing With the Stars’ stomping ground where he joined his sister, Julianne Hough, for an emotional dance reflecting on one of the most painful moments of their childhood.
The captivating routine, performed to “Unsteady” by the X Ambassadors, told the heartbreaking story of being torn apart by their parents’ divorce. The impressive set and stunning choreography drew the audience in as the siblings openly shared what it was like for them to watch their parents’ marriage come to an end.
Julianne, who was only 9-years old at the time of her parents’ divorce, lived with her mother while Derek, who was 12, lived with his dad. Roughly one year later, the siblings were sent to London to attend dance school. Each of these events was flawlessly portrayed in the dance.
The routine starts by showing a woman handing divorce papers to her husband. As two children representing younger versions of Derek and Julianne tug at each parent, the Hough siblings reenact the emotions they went through as children, being heartbroken and torn between their mom and dad.
As the routine moves on, the bond between Derek and Julianne gets visibly stronger and the audience sees that in the midst of their heartbreak the two depended on each other.
It’s good therapy, it’s beautiful,” Julianne said. “That’s what’s so amazing about dance, is being able to express that and have moments like this with our mom in the audience. This piece was so much more than a dance. It was an opportunity for us to express our most vulnerable parts of who we are. As adults we are now able to connect and understand what we couldn’t as kids.
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