By JARREAU FREEMAN
It seems there is no place they won’t dance.
“The other night we went and had dinner, my father was in town after his 60th birthday, and we decided we were going to go see a movie,” said Julianne Hough with a giggle during a recent phone interview. “It was like eleven at night and so we literally started dancing in the lobby of the movie theater, nobody was around, but even if they were, we would have done it anyway. We’ll break out anywhere. You name it, we’ve probably danced there.”
Thankfully Julianne, 25, and her brother Derek, 28, will be bringing their moves to the stage in MOVE Live on Tour, which is headed to Pennsylvania this month.
The famous brother-sister-duo will headline a full-fledged dance tour complete with solo and group performances, striking costumes and set design all while highlighting a wide range of dance styles like salsa, hip-hop, contemporary and ballroom.
The duo has been dancing since childhood and made a name for themselves on ABC’s hit dance competition “Dancing with the Stars.” Derek, who is an Emmy Award-winning choreographer, snagged five wins on the show and Julianne is a two-time “Dancing” champion. Julianne is also known for her foray into film starring in the remake of “Footloose,” a film adaptation of “Rock of Ages” and Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe Haven.”
After being asked by fans, “When are you guys going to do something together?” the Houghs decided to give their fans what they’ve been wanting and take dance on the road.
“We felt really blessed and grateful to be able to do, what we do for so long,” she said. “We’ve only been around because of our fans who have watched the show, supported us and followed our careers. Plus, we want to inspire our audience, get people up and move and really take it to the next level.”
To excite fans about dance, Julianne said the show will involve some audience participation, as well as unique numbers choreographed by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo also known as Nappytabs, who are best known for their work on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The siblings are excited to be working with the pair who has challenged them and brought creativity and energy to the show, Julianne said.
“They are super hip-hop and we are super not,” she said. “It’s a constant upping our game. We are taking something that’s cool like hip-hop and making it famine and sexy and taking something that’s famine and sexy like ballroom and making it cool. We are kinda creating our own new style. We wouldn’t have been able to do the show without them, because their work ethic and creativity highlights ours, but on a whole another level.”
One dance number Julianne said she’s excited to perform is set to a mash-up of “Grown Woman” by Beyoncéѐ and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. She described this routine as “super sexy” and “powerful.”
“All the dancers are going (to) have chairs, and not to give too much away, but there will be some fun visuals with this number,” she said.
The purpose driving MOVE, Julianne said, is to make people feel energized. Dance brings joy, feels great and makes life better, she said. With the MOVE tour, the Houghs want people to understand how wonderful movement is and how inspiring it can be, she said.
“Dancing is pure, utter joy where you can forget what’s going on in the world and in your life for a moment,” she said. “When you’re dancing your very present and the physicality takes over and let’s your mind rest for a minute.
“Sometimes you feel stuck when things aren’t going well, you’re overwhelmed and you just feel heavy and pressed on, (but dance) takes me out of my mind and brings me into the present. For me, dance is fun; I just feel lighter and more positive and brighter. (Through the show), we want people to feel light, feel bright and feel excited to do whatever they want to do.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: MOVE Live on Tour
WHEN: Two performances in our region: June 20 and June 25
WHERE: Tower Theater in Upper Darby and
Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem.
TICKETS: Prices vary.
INFO.: The Tower Theater, (215) 922-1011,
www.thetowerphilly.com; Sands Bethlehem
Event Center, (610) 297-7400,