Dance master Derek Hough takes a ride on the Strip


The world is coming to Las Vegas, and that includes “World of Dance”.

This is the title of one of Derek hough Network-TV dance shows, for which he was a judge for three years ending in 2020. He is also a champion dancer in “Dancing With The Stars”. Hough has won half a dozen championships since 2007, most recently with Bindi Irwin on season 15 in 2015.

In 2000, the three-time Emmy Award winner for choreography joined the show’s jury. In short, he knows the dance floor.

Hough is now putting on his own show on the Strip, opening “No Limit” Wednesday at the Venetian’s Summit Showroom. The first broadcast of the show takes place until Sunday. “No Limit” continues from September 29 to 20 and on select dates in October and November.

“No Limit” was originally slated for 2020 in Flamingo Showroom, but knocked out by the COVID shutdown. Derek’s production found scheduling flexibility in the former Sands showroom. He also shares the stage with his girlfriend, Hayley Erbert, herself a pro on “DWTS”.

“Last year in COVID we danced a lot together,” Hough said in a recent phone interview. “And you know, we don’t want to be far from each other, we just love doing this together. She’s a phenomenal dancer, so that only makes sense.

Hough’s show in the Old Sands Showroom will feature all varieties of dance (but hopefully not “Chicken”), from jazz and salsa to ballroom and hip- hop. Hough and his six backing dancers will perform on Motown, Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Classical. He also brought in a live band, which is a real luxury in a dance performance that could be fully followed.

“I love live music and having musicians on stage,” Hough said. “It’s just when you feel the drums, that you feel that saxophone solo, it adds so much to the performance. You are going to have fun just because the music is so fun.

Hough’s family is steeped in the tradition of dancing. Las Vegas entertainment guys remember Hough’s younger sister Julianne attending the Las Vegas Academy (Derek didn’t because he was studying dance in London). In 2014, the two teamed up on the “Move Live on Tour”, bringing the spirit of dance to 50 cities. They continued their tours in 2015 and 2017, making nearly 150 stops. Derek Hough toured solo in 2019, for another 60 performances.

The bottom line is, the dance pro says anyone can dance. Or rather, everyone should love to dance, regardless of their skills.

But what if you have absolutely no rhythm? Ask a friend …

“You can move your body, so have fun with it,” Hough said. “That’s what’s great about this show. It’s for everyone, and it will make you want to move, ”Hough said. “The way this room is laid out, you will feel like you are on the same level as the dancers. It’s gonna be really exciting, a lot of bells and whistles, a lot of energy. As they say, the dance floor is open.

In a nutshell: Legend

Something I didn’t realize easily until the weekend, John Legend won 12 Grammys. Maybe we take it for granted, but I had never really counted them. Legend released a new song, “Stardust,” during his sold-out show at Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan on Saturday night.

Legend also performed “Wild”, “All of Me” and “Ordinary People”. He told the sold-out crowd, “I love you Las Vegas. I am so happy to be here with you. We’re going to celebrate the fact that we’re together tonight.

Chelsea’s concert schedule heats up with Quinn XCII (Oct. 3), Billy Idol (Oct. 16, 17, 22), Old Dominion (Nov. 5 and 6), Evanescene + Halestorm (Nov. 12), El Alfa (November 21), Cody Jinks (December 2, 3 and 5), Brantley Gilbert (December 4), Cody Johnson (December 8 and 9) and Dierks Bentley (December 10 and 11).

As we reported earlier, and also accurately, Maroon 5 will play Chelsea on December 30 and 31. Officially announced on Monday. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

Cool Hang Alert

Journey and Chicago just finished performing their respective shows at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and the Venetian Theater. But you can still catch musicians from both groups, and also Rascall Flatts, when Generation Radio plays the Fremont Street Experience Downtown Rocks concert series.

Deen Castronovo of travel, Jason sheff from Chicago and Jay memarcus by Rascall Flatts took the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. No cover. This is where the “free” applies. No place is like FSE, believe it.

John Katsilometes column is published daily in section A. His “PodKats! podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @ JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.



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