They received training in song, theater, gymnastics, and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap.
The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") and performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U. As well as being trained in many forms of dance, Hough can also play the piano, guitar and drums.
Slated to air on December 7, 2016, Hough will play the role of Corny Collins in NBC's live musical TV-production, Hairspray Live! When Hough was 12, his divorcing parents sent him to London to live and study with dance coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas.
Hough's sister Julianne joined him in London several months later.
Originally intending to stay for a year, Hough remained in London for ten years.
(Julianne returned after five years.) The Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark Ballas, schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
With a total of eight nominations, he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for several routines that he choreographed for the show.
Hough is a former WDSF World Youth Latin Champion (2002) as well as a Blackpool U-21 Latin title (2003) for Poland with Aneta Piotrowska.He has won the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and the New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.