Magazine article Dance Spirit

Julianne Hough, Ballroom Champion

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Julianne Hough, Ballroom Champion

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HOMETOWN: Sandy, UT

CURRENTLY ON: "Dancing With The Stars"

BREAKOUT GIG: "Show Me The Money," a game show hosted by William Shatner

DANCE BACKGROUND: Julianne's been dancing since age 3, doing ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and more. She moved to London when she was 10 and began training in Latin and ballroom dance.

WHY REALITY TV? Julianne feels that dancers don't get the recognition they should for their hard work and talent. "The fact that 'Dancing With The Stars' is such a huge hit means dancers are finally getting the respect they deserve," she says. "I feel privileged to be a part of it."

BIGGEST PERK: "Meeting really great people, with unique personalities and careers."

WHAT I HATE WATCHING BACK ON TV: "When the judges' comments are bad, it tends to make me anxious and want to get into the studio as soon as possible. "

PREPERFORMANCE RITUAL: "I sing in my trailer. …

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