Derek Hough Talks Jennifer Lopez and World of Dance – New Interview

Here’s a nice little interview with Derek about World of Dance. I’ve put an excerpt below, but click the link to read the whole thing.

What made you say yes to this show?

Derek Hough: People asked me why are you doing another dance show? I’d say just wait till this comes out. The talent is on another level. This truly is the next level of shows that are about dancing. Being a competitor throughout the world myself since I was 12 years old, I love the idea of opening up a dance competition to the entire planet. I love the different styles that have come onto the show. You’re always seeing an amazing performance because they’re at their peak after working hard for years to get to where they are now.

Most of the pro dancers I’ve interviewed are against speaking harshly to dancers who are very young. How do you feel about that?

My feeling is if you’re going to walk out on our stage and put yourself out there to show us your passion, then that has to be respected. We want everyone to succeed. What’s great about young kids is that some of them are ridiculously talented and frighteningly good! If they’re not quite up to par, we’ll tell them to go back and work more and that it’s within them to succeed. That’s the message we want to get across.