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Amber & Derek Highlights

Amy's Sassy Jive

April 21, 2014 | 4:25

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough stage a crashed wedding for their rapid-fire Jive on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.

  • Amy's Sassy Jive
    Derek crashes her wedding for a 38 out of 40.
    Amy Purdy and Derek Hough stage a crashed wedding for their rapid-fire Jive on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    4:25
  • Charlie's Neon Cha Cha
    The pair receives a 36 out of 40 from the judges.
    Charlie White and Sharna Burgess dance the Cha Cha under blacklights on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    3:56
  • Danica's Party Cha Cha
    A routine to one of Whitney Houston's hit songs.
    Danica McKellar and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy get a 36 out of 40 for their Cha Cha to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    3:46
  • James's "Grease" Quickstep
    Their dance inspired by the hit musical.
    James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd look to the hit musical Grease for their speedy Quickstep routine and step their way to a 35 out of 40, on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    3:56
  • Meryl Keeps Maks Together
    Maks has a crisis of confidence.
    Maksim Chmerkovskiy has a crisis of confidence and his partner, Meryl Davis, picks him right back up, on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    2:57
  • Meryl's Perfect Tango
    The pair gets 40 out of 40 for their dark Tango.
    Meryl Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy wow all of the judges with their brooding Tango and get a perfect 40 out of 40, on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    4:36
  • Relive the Dances 4/21
    A look back.
    Check out the highlights of tonight's performances.
    Episode 6  | 
    1:13
  • The Fifth Elimination of DWTS 2014
    Spoiler: See who went home in Week 6.
    Spoiler: See which star was sent home on Week 6 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 6  | 
    1:33
  • Dance Happy, Be Healthy - Cha Cha (Level 2)
    Add more flavor to the Cha Cha you've already learned.
    Louis van Amstel adds some new easy steps to the Dance Happy, Be Healthy choreography you've already learned.
    Episode 6  | 
    1:33
  • Amy Breaks Down
    The star athlete has a rare moment of frustration.
    Amy Purdy's frustration boils over as she and her partner Derek Hough rehearse for their Waltz, on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    2:32
  • Amy's Cinderella Moment
    Amy Purdy comes up big with a 37 out of 40.
    After a rough week of rehearsals, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough get a 37 out of 40 on their Waltz to "So This Is Love" from Cinderella, on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    4:08
  • Charlie's Supercalifragilistic Jazz
    The pair charms a 10 from Len despite a little mishap.
    Despite a mishap, Charlie White and Sharna Burgess charm a 10 from Len with their Mary Poppins-inspired Jazz routine and end up with a 37 out of 40, on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    3:38
  • Danica's Beauty and the Beast Quickstep
    Danica and Val get a 39 out of 40.
    Disney fan Danica McKellar and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy get a near-perfect 39 out of 40 for their Quickstep routine on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    3:27
  • James Makes Dreams Come True
    James gives a young girl the tour of a lifetime.
    A young woman named Hannah asked James Maslow to prom. He couldn't make it due to the DWTS schedule, but he invites her to the show to take a tour of the set with her family on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    1:40
  • James and Peta Let It Go
    The first perfect score of the season.
    James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd dance a Contemporary routine to "Let It Go" from Disney's hit movie Frozen and get the first perfect score of the season, on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    3:55
  • Nene and Tony: Partner Drama
    Their fight ends practice early.
    After last week's Switch Up, Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani have it out over some unresolved tension, prompting Nene to walk out on practice on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    2:47
  • Relive the Dances 4/14
    A look back.
    Watch the highlights from tonight's performances.
    Episode 5  | 
    1:04
  • The Fourth Elimination of DWTS 2014
    Spoiler: See who went home in Week 5.
    Spoiler: See which star was sent home on Week 5 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 5  | 
    3:15
  • Dance Happy, Be Healthy - Combination Routine
    Let's put all four dances together!
    Louis van Amstel combines the Cha Cha, Salsa, Jive and Disco choreography into one routine.
    Episode 5  | 
    1:48
  • Drew & Witney's Generation Gap
    He might be older than her father.
    Drew Carey and his Switch-Up partner Witney Carson have a big age gap, but that doesn't stop them from having a lot of fun as they rehearse for Week 4 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 4  | 
    1:49
  • James's Fierce Tango
    The pair receives a 35 out of 40 from the judges.
    James Maslow and his Switch-Up partner Cheryl Burke get a 35 out of 40 for their aggressive Tango on Week 4 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 4  | 
    1:41
  • Let's Talk About James's Pelvis
    Bruno and guest judge Julianne Hough discuss it in detail.
    After James Maslow and his Switch-Up partner Cheryl Burke's Tango, guest judge Julianne Hough and judge Bruno Tonioli have a nice discussion of James's pelvis on Week 4 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 4  | 
    1:19
  • Meryl & Val Flirt With Perfection
    The Switch-Up partners land a 39 out of 40 for their Argentine Tango.
    Switch-Up partners Meryl Davis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy land a 39 out of 40 for their passionate Argentine Tango on Week 4 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 4  | 
    2:57
  • The Judges Argue Over Charlie's Rumba
    It was beautiful, but was it representative of the style?
    Everyone agrees it was a beautiful dance, but there's disagreement between some of the judges as to whether or not Charlie White and his Switch-Up partner Peta Murgatroyd actually danced a Rumba on Week 4 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 4  | 
    4:07
  • Relive the Dances 4/7
    A look back.
    Catch the highlights from this week's performances.
    Episode 4  | 
    1:20
  • Amy Dances for Her Father
    Her touching story for the man who gave her life twice.
    Amy Purdy preps for her "Most Memorable Year" theme dance, in honor of her father, who she says gave her life twice. See her touching story from Week 3 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 3  | 
    2:36
  • Amy's Moving Contemporary Dance
    Not a dry eye in the house for Amy and Derek.
    Amy Purdy and Derek Hough's stirring tribute to her father, who gave her a kidney and inspired her to live life to its fullest after she lost her legs, from Week 3 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 3  | 
    2:03
  • Billy Dee's Announcement
    Billy and Emma have some important news for the ballroom.
    Billy Dee Williams and his partner Emma Slater have some important news for the DWTS Ballroom, on Week 3 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 3  | 
    2:17
  • Candace's Full House Reunion
    Complete with Kimmy Gibbler!
    Candace Cameron Bure gets a visit from her Full House co-stars Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) as she rehearses for Week 3 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 3  | 
    2:07
  • James's Jumpin' Jive
    Guest judge Robin Roberts loves his high energy.
    James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd get a 36 out of 40 for their Jive, and guest judge Robin Roberts comments on James's flirty flair, on Week 3 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 3  | 
    3:26
  • Meryl's Near-Perfect Foxtrot
    Meryl and Maks get the season's first 10s.
    Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy get the season's first 10s -- and the week's high scores -- with a 39 out of 40 for their foxtrot on Week 3 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 3  | 
    3:57
  • The Switch Up: Contestant Reactions
    See what the stars and pros think about changing partners.
    The stars and pros discuss The Switch Up, and most of them seem pretty attached to their current partners. See what they have to say about the idea of new partners!
    Episode 3  | 
    2:33
  • Relive the Dance 3/31
    A look back.
    Catch the highlights from tonight's performances.
    Episode 3  | 
    1:27
  • Dance Happy, Be Healthy - Disco
    Now we're grooving with some Disco and Hustle
    Let's groove with Louis van Amstel as he teaches some Dance Happy, Be Healthy Disco choreography.
    Episode 4  | 
    1:33
  • Dance Happy, Be Healthy - Jive
    Let's swing with some Jive
    Join Louis van Amstel this week as he teaches the popular Dancing with the Stars dance known as The Jive.
    Episode 3  | 
    1:13
  • Amy Hopes Her Legs Stay On
    Her swing dance with Derek isn't going to come easy.
    Amy Purdy worries that her swing routine with Derek Hough might be too hard on her prosthetic legs, and she hopes they stay attached on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    1:15
  • Charlie's Controversial Tango
    They get a 25, but Len has some big issues with the routine.
    Charlie White and Sharna Burgess impress Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, but Len Goodman thinks they've got it all wrong, on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    3:27
  • DWTS: Switch Up
    For the first time ever, you decide who dances with whom.
    For the first time ever, you get to decide who dances with whom on Dancing with the Stars. See how it works and go vote now!
    Episode 2  | 
    :44
  • James's Spicy Salsa
    The judges award them a 25 for their sexy dance.
    James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd receive a 25 from the judges -- and flash a lot of skin -- on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    1:30
  • Jeremy Miller on DWTS
    Ben Seaver from Growing Pains weighs in on his exes.
    Jeremy Miller -- also known as Ben Seaver from ABC's Growing Pains -- weighs in on his ex-girlfriends, Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    :35
  • Meryl's High-Flying Swing Dance
    The pair gets a 25 for their acrobatic routine.
    Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took home a 25 for their swing dance that included a whole lot of Maks tossing Meryl around, on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    1:37
  • Relive the Dances 3/24
    A look back.
    Catch the highlights from tonight's performances.
    Episode 2  | 
    1:15
  • The First Elimination of DWTS 2014
    Spoiler: See who went home first in Week 2.
    Spoiler: See which star was sent home first on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    2:01
  • The Second Elimination of DWTS 2014
    Spoiler: See one of the two stars who went home in Week 2.
    Spoiler: See which star was sent home at the end of Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    2:41
  • James Wants to Dance Naked
    Shirtless, no pants...why not just nude?
    James Maslow honors Len's suggestion that he's there for eye candy by proposing the idea of a nude dance to his partner Peta Murgatroyd, on Week 2 of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 2  | 
    :35
  • Dance Happy, Be Healthy - Salsa
    Spice it up with some Salsa
    This week, Louis van Amstel spices up the Dance Happy, Be Healthy choreography with some Salsa.
    Episode 2  | 
    1:26
  • Amy Purdy Preps for DWTS
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    A look at double-amputee Amy Purdy, who medaled for USA in snowboarding while readying herself for the ballroom on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    1:47
  • Amy's Hot Cha Cha
    Their inspirational first dance.
    Amy Purdy and Derek Hough inspire the entire ballroom -- including the judges -- and get a 24 for their first routine on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    2:48
  • Billy Dee's Star Wars Routine
    With R2-D2 and the Ewoks cheering him on.
    Lando Calrissian -- excuse us, Billy Dee Williams -- dances to the Stars Wars theme and gets encouragement from R2-D2 and the Ewoks on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    1:53
  • Candace and Mark's First Dance
    Her memorable Contemporary routine.
    Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas get a 25 from the judges for their Contemporary routine on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    1:29
  • Charlie's Gorgeous Contemporary Dance
    The night's top-scoring dance.
    Charlie White and Sharna Burgess turn a lot of heads with their spellbinding Contemporary routine and take home the night's top score, a 27, from the judges on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    1:22
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    Go directly to awesome.
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    1:24
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    Performing his new single "Talk Dirty" live.
    Multi-talented singer/dancer Jason Derulo performs his new single "Talk Dirty" live in the ballroom on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    2:56
  • Maks Is Ready to Marry Meryl
    They've already got chemistry.
    Ice dancer Meryl Davis and returning DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy hit it off during their first rehearsals on the 2014 season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
    Episode 1  | 
    1:21
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    Catch the highlights from tonight's performances.
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    1:42
  • Winnie Cooper & DJ Tanner's Boy Battle
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    1:34
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    2:34

Meet the Star: Amber Riley


Amber Riley, best known for her role of Mercedes Jones on FOX’s Golden Globe, Peabody and SAG Award winning musical comedy Glee, got her first big break when Ryan Murphy cast her in the pilot St. Sass. Although the pilot was not picked up to series, she was able to use that experience to land a role on the television series Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Amber has performed in numerous theater productions, including Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods and Mystery on the Docks with the Los Angeles Opera. In November 2012, she made her New York stage debut to rave reviews in New York City Center’s Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade. Amber has received two individual NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her work on Glee. In 2011, she was nominated for a second Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer and in 2010 received the Most Popular Geek Award at AOL’s 1st Annual Geek Awards.  Amber previously served as an Ambassador for VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation and as a member of Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Council. She is currently in the studio working on her debut solo album.

Meet the Pro: Derek Hough


Derek Hough, the only four time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, 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 performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance.

A multi-talented entertainer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer, Hough will be seen in a starring role for director Duane Adler and producer Robert Cort in Make Your Move which hits theatres in March of 2014.  Acting opposite Korean pop sensation BoA, Make Your Move tells the story of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.  

Hough performed in London's West End where he starred as the male lead in the critically acclaimed stage version of Footloose, was one of the featured dancers on the Dancing with the Stars Tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, Dance X.

With celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars that have included Joanna Krupa, Lil' Kim and current host Brooke Burke-Charvet, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey and recent champion Kellie Pickler, Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show.  His work has brought him Emmy nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability. 

In addition to choreographing the hit music video "Parachute" for British popstar Cheryl Cole, Hough performed live with her on her 2010 concert tour in England and France to rave reviews and standing ovations. Hough's professional ballroom accolades include, World Under 21 Latin American Champion, Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool), Two-time International 'Open to the World Champion' and Two-time US Open Champion.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• World Under 21 Latin American Champion
• Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool)
• Two-time International 'Open to the World Champion'
• Two-time US Open Champion

PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:

• Kellie Pickler
• Shawn Johnson (All Star Season)
• Maria Menounos
• Ricki Lake
• Jennifer Grey
• Nicole Scherzinger
• Joanna Krupa
• Lil' Kim
• Brooke Burke
• Shannon Elizabeth
• Jennie Garth

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