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    Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion

    By: Derek Hough

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    Every week on Dancing with the Stars millions of people watch Derek Hough perform, but only a select few have had the privilege of dancing with him. To work with Derek you probably need to have been an Olympic gold-medalist, an internationally known recording artist, or a movie or television star. The only four-time champion in the history of Dancing with the Stars, Derek instills in his celebrity partners a respect for passion, incredibly hard work, and living in the moment. In Dance With Me, Derek reveals his underdog story, from growing up in a competitive family in Salt Lake City and being bulled at school, to winning the world championship in Latin American dance, and how his experiences have taught him to embrace an energized, positive, authentic outlook. Bringing his coaching principles to readers everywhere, he shows the lessons he has learned from working with celebrity partners including Jennifer Grey, Nicole Scherzinger, Ricki Lane, Maria Menounos, and Shawn Johnson, along with never before told behind the scenes stories from Dancing with the Stars. Learning to dance is not just about mastering the steps and spins and dips. It's about connecting with another person, respecting that person, and working toward a common goal. The women Derek coaches may have learned a lot about the waltz or tango, but he learned as much as they did. He learned how to instill discipline, push boundaries, and help them shatter their limits, and more than anything else, he learned how to convey the sheer joy you get from working hard. Through this inspiring memoir, Derek the teacher, cheerleader, mentor and partner shows how he draws on the lessons of dance and competition to embrace and overcome the challenges we all face each day.

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