“Make Your Move” Contest Winners

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The final results are in! Thanks to all those who participated in our Make Your Move contest. Participants had to tell us, in 200 words or less, an entertaining story of waiting to see Make Your Move or an interesting story about an experience while watching the film. Below we include the stories we enjoyed the most.

Congratulations to our winners!

Honorable Mention: (The original version was well over the requisite 200 words or less. Here is an excerpt.)
Lily G.
Grove Theatrer
Los Angeles, California

I live in Salt Lake City, UT and entered the contest through DramaFever unintentionally. The Friday before the premiere I received an email that said that I won and that BoA would be at the premiere.

We arrived an hour or two early at the theater and waited around until we could register/check-in. Then when we got into the theater we sat in the upper area. But when I asked one of the representatives whether I could take pictures of BoA’s reserved seating areas, she informed us that they’d be closer to the movie screen when they came in. So if I wanted to get better pictures, we’d have a better chance if we sat down below. So we quickly moved into about the third row in the theater. When BoA walked into the theater I literally froze. My friend kept pointing at her and saying, “Aren’t you going to take any pictures? She’s right there”.I couldn’t even say anything!! She’s been my idol since I was eleven years old, so 13 years? Almost her entire career. I couldn’t even process the fact that she was standing right in front of me. When the movie began, I couldn’t look away from where she was sitting and I was so sad when she walked out with Derek.

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2nd Place: Winner of a “Make Your Move” t-shirt!
Josie D.
Fresno, California
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The day that I went to see Make Your Movie, I had actually brought my parents as company (oh boy). At one point in the movie, it had reached a hot dance scene between BoA and Derek. Now mind you, this is actually the first time I’ve seen BoA act more sensual, especially with a partner. So I was already dying on my chair and blushing like mad, when I remember that I had brought my dad who is more of an action flick, cut-the-romance kind of guy. Even in the dark, I could see his hand shading his face from embarrassment. Meanwhile my mom was enjoying the scene in full comfort. She said it was romantic.

After the movie we talked about it and focus returned to that scene. The conversation went something like:

Dad: You know he felt up her twins right?
Mom: No he didn’t.
Dad: Okay then, he brushed up against the front of her chest!
Me: OMG, he did? BoA getting bold with Derek!!!! SNAP

Needless to say that I had maybe missed a bit of the romantic scene as I was recovering from the intensity on the chair next to me. 🙂

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1st Place: Winner of an “Make Your Move” poster autographed by Derek Hough and Duane Adler AND a “Make Your Move” t-shirt!
Kathy B.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The weekend MYM premiered, I went out for a Friday night family dinner and to MYM on Saturday. All through dinner, my son, Joe tried to pump me up for MYM by telling stories about how I am a Derek “fanatic”! He told of the Christmas that my entire family, unbeknownst to each other, all bought me [Derek Hough] sweatshirts or autographed pics. He enjoyed winding me up by reminiscing about the Thanksgiving we played a game where you put celebrity names in a bowl and tried to get the others to guess. Joe added Derek’s name and roared when my brother-in-law blurted out in frustration… “I don’t know who this Derek How is – I hate this guy!”

They had a laugh on me but did enjoy watching the MYM trailer after[wards].

I drove 75 miles on Saturday to Minneapolis and saw MYM twice. First alone, to savor the experience and the second time with my daughter. I waited more than a year for MYM and it didn’t disappoint! The dancing and Derek’s acting were superb. The pace was brisk and the love story was believable. Derek made a handsome romantic leading man. I am soooo excited for the DVD.

[Editors’ Note: Kathy does not have long to wait for the DVD, see here.]

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July 22, 2014 – The Release of the DVD & Blu Ray for “Make Your Move”

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Good news! It’s almost here!  If you live in Region 1, the release date for the DVD for Make Your Move is almost here. It is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2014. And even better, it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com here.

For those of you who were unable to see the movie in your area, because the film was a limited release, be sure to catch it on DVD. It’s that good!

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UPDATE: Blu Ray is also scheduled to be released on July 22. This item can be pre-ordered on Amazon as well. See here.

Unfortunately, the DVD is not yet available on Amazon for those who live in Region 3.

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To determine the region you live in, check out the listings below.

DVD Players
Region 1: U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda
Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt
Region 3: Southeast Asia, East Asia, including Hong Kong
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, South America, Caribbean
Region 5: Eastern Europe, Baltic States, Russia, Central/South Asia, Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6: China

BLU-RAY Players
Region A/1: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia
Region B/2: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand
Region C/3: India, Nepal, Mainland China, Russia, Central/South Asia

When purchasing a DVD for Make Your Move, note if it is a PAL disc or a NTSC disc. They are not compatible with each other. See the list below for the types of TV’s generally sold in various countries. This is important because there have been DVD’s released of Make Your Move in other countries, such as Thailand and Australia, but those versions are NOT compatible with a DVD player in the United States. It’s best to read the product specifications carefully, make your purchase, and then — enjoy your movie! 🙂

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CONTEST! Win an Autographed “Make Your Move” Poster or a T-Shirt!!!

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How would you like to win a beautiful Make Your Move poster autographed by leading man Derek Hough and by director Duane Adler? Or your very own Make Your Move T-shirt? Well, here’s how you can try to win!

Our team of 5 will decide on the 1st and 2nd place winners and notify the winner by email. (Sorry, all contest participants must live in the United States.) We will post the winning entries.

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1st Place prize: An autographed Make Your Move poster AND a Make Your Move t-shirt (size small) See the photo above of the tee. Not many people have one of these posters. If you win it, you’ll have an item to treasure for a very long time.

2nd Place prize: A Make Your Move t-shirt (size small). See the photo above of the tee. Size too small for you? Hang it on your bedroom wall or better yet frame it. 🙂

Good luck!

UPDATED Movie GROSSES: “Make Your Move” Suffers from Lack of Promotion!

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The long awaited movie, Make Your Move, is proving to be a real hit with most fans — the fans who were able to see it, that is!

Overall, in the United States, the movie released in 142 theaters on April 18, and after 11 days ranks 38th. Below are the daily gross totals* as of Monday, April 28, 2014.

  • Friday – April 18 – $30,089
  • Saturday – April 19 – $30,438
  • Sunday – April 20 – $20, 645
  • Monday – April 21 – $9,617
  • Tuesday – April 22 – $10, 171
  • Wednesday – April 23 – $8,881
  • Thursday – April 24 – $7,792
  • Friday – April 25 – $1,254
  • Saturday – April 26 – $2,193
  • Sunday – April 27 – $1,213
  • Monday – April 28 – $695

The total gross for the United States is $122,293. Worldwide, excluding Korea, the total gross is now at $1,468,293. According to KpopStarz, this film was expected to earn over $6,300,000 after a release in 54 countries.

This limited release movie has obviously not done well at the Box Office, not in the United States, not in Europe, and not even in Korea, where it was expected to do so. Let’s review some of the possible reasons why this is.

1. In Europe and other countries across the pond, where the leading stars are not known, theater attendance was sparse. The film yielded only $1,346,000 in 13 countries. That’s an average of approximately 103,500 per country.

2. In South Korea, where BoA is a huge star, the unfortunate and sad incident of the ferry capsizing, the day before the movie’s release, was the cause for the cancelling of promotional activities for the film.

Despite the ferry incident, this movie in a country of 50 million, surprisingly, had less than 10,000 viewers, and was viewed in only 70 theaters(On April 17, the movie released at midnight in five movie theaters. Only 57 moviegoers were in attendance.) Mainstream media promotion was nil. The total monetary figures are not known, however, the movie ranks 43.

Ironically, on Naver, Korea’s main search engine, “Make Your Move” is 6th among hits. See here. Sadly, the movie is no longer being shown on the big screen for people to see it.

3. In the United States, the film also has suffered, primarily from lack of promotion. Many Derek, BoA, Wesley Jonathan and Will Yun Lee fans know nothing about this film. The movie has received no television, radio, or newspaper advertising. The only promotion seems to be social media.  The caveat here is that you would have to have already known about the film to have sought it out on social media.

The leading stars of this film, Derek Hough and BoA, have hardly mentioned this movie. Other than the required interviews that were given for the film’s premiere screening on March 31, which generated a slue of newspaper reviews of the film, there has been little media coverage to ‘market’ the film to potential moviegoers.

There have been many “free” screenings of this film, not to mention numerous online bootleg versions, which all subtract from the number of possible paid ticket holders.

The limited number of theaters showing this film has obviously hurt the possibility for this movie to do well. It is shown in a limited number of cities and states. The first week the movie was shown, it was in 142 theaters. The second week it was only 40 theaters — across the entire United States! So far, it has not been shown in some countries that normally view movies from the United States.

Unless something changes, and the distributors decide to allocate more funds for promotion, Make Your Move appears to be doomed, despite the fact that fans are loving the movie for it’s dancing; the awesome blending of dance modes (such as tap, hip hop, taiko drum dancing), and  Derek and BoA’s sweet chemistry.

If the movie is shown in your area, how fortunate you are. There’s still time to see this film! Hurry to the theater. Seeing it on the big screen is far better than seeing it online or on DVD (whenever it’s released).

* Box office grosses are credited to Box Office Mojo.

What Inspires Duane Adler’s Writing & ‘Make Your Move’ [INTERVIEW]

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We found this great fantastic interview with MAKE YOUR MOVE director, Duane Adler, by Mae Abdulbaki from Punch Drunk Critics. In the interview, Duane discusses his transition from screenwriter to director, how it felt directing Derek Hough & Boa in their first film roles, and how writes and envisions a dance scene! Duane also talks about his possible next directing project, which sounds very interesting! We’ve included some of our favorite parts before, but be sure to click here to read the entire article!

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You said that you felt you were the best person to direct this movie. Was there another director attached to the project at any point in time?

No. This was something I pitched. I wanted to do an East meets West story. An American boy and an Asian girl. And I felt like tap dance was underutilized as an art form in movies. There hasn’t been a tap dance movie in years, probably since Tap in the late ’80s. I was kind of watching what was going on in Tap and there were some tap dancers and I watched what they did and I was like, “this is really cool!”

It’s very edgy and raw and urban. So I knew I wanted the lead character to be a tap dancer. I was looking for something for my love interest that would really have a percussion element to go along with the tap dancing and something that’s unique to Asian culture. And I thought, “what about taiko drums? Those are really cool, I love those things.” So I Googled tap dance and taiko drums just to see if anybody had done something or was doing anything with those instruments, and I found this group in New York called Cobu.

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As a director, how was it working with first-time actor Derek Hough and with BoA in her first English-speaking role?

You know, as a director, I couldn’t have asked for more from both of them and I couldn’t have felt luckier because they were both workaholics. Neither of them had done a movie before. Derek was on the West End when he was 18, but never been in a movie before. But obviously from being on the show [Dancing with the Stars], he was very camera-savvy and very used to working with a lot of people around.

And BoA, she’d grown up around the spotlight, so that part of it was easy for both of them. But the challenge for both of them, and was something that they both embraced, was the work that it takes to be relaxed on camera and to not feel the pressure of having to be perfect every time. Both in the dance numbers as well as the acting. To be able to know that this isn’t live television and that we can take two or three takes. They can warm up into this. They both just went with it and trusted me and trusted the process. We asked an enormous amount of them. They started dance rehearsals five weeks before we started shooting. They lived in the dance studio with the choreographers and the dancers. And they embraced it all and were ready to go.

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When you sit down to write, coming from a dance perspective, do you imagine the dance scenes in your head as you’re writing certain scenes?

Yeah. Yeah, I do. When I write a dance scene, I do write on the page a lot describing it. I don’t try to describe the dance moves though. I don’t try to say, “she spins on toes in a three-spin pirouette.” I don’t get into the technical terms, but I try to take the reader on an emotional journey. I ask myself before I write any dance numbers, “what’s the story of this dance?” And that’s where I start. What are the characters trying to express? What are they trying to say? Not unlike how a musical would work, when the character breaks into song, and that’s what’s happening here with our characters.

Each time Derek and BoA dance, we’re furthering the story and they’re saying something to the other person that they’re not saying in words. So I’ll put that on the page and might write

a page and a half, a page, describing that. And then I’d share that with the choreographers and the music department. And Derek actually wrote one of the songs with that in mind. He co-wrote the “Let Me In” song when they do the beautiful duet in the studio. So it’s all really a collaborative experience, but it does all start with what I envision when I’m writing it.

What I didn’t want to do with this movie is make it a dance battle movie. I wanted to make these dances in this movie much more intimate. Much more storytelling. I didn’t want the movie to feel like it stops for a dance number. I wanted the dances to be dramatic and sensual and romantic. Just two characters expressing themselves.

Read the rest of this great interview here!

Read More Great Reviews For ‘Make Your Move’! (Week 2)

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Now that MAKE YOUR MOVE is going into its second weekend, we encourage you to go see the movie again or tell other people to go see the movie for the first time! We found some more great movie reviews from critics who enjoyed the movie. We’ve included some of our favorite parts of the reviews, but be sure to click the link to read the entire movie review!

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Then why did I leave the film absolutely giddy, excitedly texting my enthusiasm? Again, THE DANCING! That’s the real reason to see any of these films, yeah? And Derek is the best of the best. He’s good on DWTS. Like really really good. But aside from the occassional filler feature, he always has to hold back so that his partner can keep up. This time, his partner BoA could definitely keep up. Absolute jaw dropping moves, and like nothing I’d ever seen from him before. While it doesn’t surprise me that he can tap dance, I had no idea he had THAT level of tap. I always just associate him ballroom and latin styles, because again, the show.

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Duane Adler’s Make Your Move (not to be confused with Step Up, Take the Lead, Stomp the Yard, or any other dance films with an imperative verb in the title) is everything a dance film needs to be. It has dance-talented leads, a hugely charismatic lead actress, an interesting enough story, and enough dance sequences to keep the movie afloat. Indeed, there is a dance sequence in the middle of Make Your Move wherein our handsomely bland hero Donny (Derek Hough) and our chirpy and wonderful heroine Aya (Korean pop idol BoA) seduce and undress one another – in dance – as a form of foreplay. The foreplay dance is one of the best dance numbers I’ve seen in any dance film.

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Although BoA is clearly still a bit uncomfortable with English, the camera absolutely loves her. Frankly, she handles her dramatic responsibilities rather well, thanks to a naturally warm screen presence. It is also nice to see [Yako] Miyamoto get some screen time as Kaori, a COBU troupe member. She even gets to start the big climatic dance number with Hough, before BoA and the rest of COBU come in. It’s a show-stopper alright. Although he never shows any moves, Will Yun Lee also brings some professionalism to the proceedings as big brother Kaz.

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BoA’s natural charisma requires no translation, and her robotic co-stars are saddled with such clunky dialogue (“I make million-dollar deals before I make my morning coffee!”) that her nascent English feels par for the course. Her cultural dexterity emerges as her most evident gift—Make Your Move takes full advantage of her fame as the only Korean artist to have two separate million-selling albums in Japan (particularly impressive given the fractious history between the two countries). The film foregrounds BoA’s multi-lingual fluency, not only overlooking her mild difficulties with English, but also openly celebrating her worldliness as proof of her right to remain in America as a true New Yorker.

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Neither Hough nor BoA is a trained actor. They both come to their leading roles from other fields. Some of their more intense dramatic scenes could have used a little more work. But they’re both attractive, have loads of charm and are good dancers. And they’re sincere. I believed they cared about each other and were genuinely drawn to each other. Aya is clearly charmed by Donnie, but puts up some resistance in their early scenes. She doesn’t fall for him at the drop of a hat like she would in a lesser movie. He has to earn her affection. And he does. She talks about him with Natsumi and insists that she likes him because he doesn’t try to control her. For Donnie, Aya represents a challenge of commitment, since in the past he has always given up and walked away from everything he’s started, but now wants to break that pattern. To be sure, the line readings could have been better, but overall, I was moved by their romance.

To read our first movie critics review posts with lots of great comments for MAKE YOUR MOVE, go here! To write your own reviews for MAKE YOUR MOVE at Fandango, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, go here! All the positive comments about the movie will hopefully get more and more people to theaters to watch it!

Box Office Grosses and Rankings for “Make Your Move”

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Make Your Move opened in the United States on April 18, 2014, almost three years after the filming of the movie. How did it do?

So far the film has an earnings total of $90,789 dollars domestically, giving Make Your Move a ranking of 38, as of Monday, for current releases. Its total ranking is 9,374 out of 12,600 films. Not too bad!

Below are the four day totals.

  • Friday – April 18 – $30,089
  • Saturday – April 19 – $30,438
  • Sunday – April 20 – $20, 645
  • Monday – April 21 – $9,617

Foreign grosses from July 2013 to the present are $1,346,000. These figures are totals from 13 countries. Combined, therefore, the worldwide gross is $1,436,789.

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Credits to: Box Office Mojo

Make Your Move is an independent film, and “Indies” notoriously do not have big budgets for advertising. As we all know, there was very little commercial promotion of this movie. It is somewhat amazing that it has done as well as it has from mainly word-of-mouth and social media.  Choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo judge the film to have had a successful opening, saying on Instagram:

So much fun doing commentary for #MakeYourMove DVD. Movie did fantastic this weekend. Who went and saw it?

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We will have to see how successful the film ends up being. The determining factor will be if movie cinemas continue showing the movie more than just one week, and if other theaters pick up the film to show it in more theaters across the United States.

A member of our team has this to say about the numbers from opening weekend:

I compare [this movie] to a movie I knew about in the late 70s. It was released in about the same number of theaters (142). It only grossed $318,000 or so its opening weekend. The movie is called the “Idolmaker” [1980]. It received rave reviews but very little promoting. I will say this; The amazing performances from Ray Sharky & Peter Gallager in this small film, helped to catapult their movie/TV careers.

“Beast of The Southern Wild” also comes to mind. It opened up to only $170,000 its first weekend. The little girl in the movie went on to be nominated for an Oscar! This was a couple of years ago.

Derek & BoA have received some great reviews, so I really believe/hope their hard work will not go unnoticed.

In Korea, Make Your Move opened on April 17, 2014, and rated 16 in the Box Office rankings. Another successful opening.

As fans of Derek Hough, BoA, Will Yun Lee, Wesley Jonathan, and the other amazing members of the cast, we can do our part to assure the success of this film by making sure that we see the movie ‘in the theater’, and by promoting it to our friends and relatives. Let’s continue our advertising efforts by word-of-mouth. So far, we’ve all done a great job, haven’t we? 🙂

Make your move, folks!

*Movie ratings and grosses are credited to Box Office Mojo.

VIDEO TEASERS: Behind-The-Scenes, Rehearsal Clips, and Aya’s Drum Class from “Make Your Move”

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Have you seen Make Your Move yet in the theater? If not, here are three more teasers to entice you to see it. If you already have seen it, you’ll still enjoy these video clips of scenes behind-the-scenes. 🙂

 

Behind the Scenes of Make Your Move
(with Derek, BoA, Duane, Yako, Nappytabs, and Joel High commenting)

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Aya’s Drum Class (with Rookie Donny)

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Derek’s Tap Dancing Rehearsal

Great Article on ‘Make Your Move’s Director, Duane Adler!

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Duane directing BoA and Derek in a scene

Did you know that MAKE YOUR MOVE was Duane Adler’s first time directing a feature film? Did you know that he came up with the concept, wrote the screenplay, and found the two main leads Derek Hough and BoA? MAKE YOUR MOVE is Duane’s baby and we are so happy that the movie has finally been released so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful movie!

The Baltimore Sun published an article on Duane (who grew up in nearby Washington D.C.) Below is an excerpt from the aricle:

“I felt I was the best person to interpret this story — and as a writer, I don’t always feel that way,” says the North Carolina-born Adler, 45, who grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., and Odenton and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.” Directing is a different beat. It’s time-consuming, it’s hard. I think you have to be really passionate if you want to go down that road. But this [story] was an idea I had, and I did want to direct it from the start.”

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Adler says he’s perhaps most proud of the diverse cast he assembled for film. “Make Your Move” stars Derek Hough, of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and Korean pop-star BoA. Members of COBU appear in the film, and the supporting cast includes Will Yun Lee (CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0”) and Wesley Jonathan (TV Land’s “The Soul Man’).

“Our industry’s changing daily,” Adler says, “but there’s some trepidation when it comes to cross-cultural love stories and cross-cultural casting.”

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Still, Adler is optimistic that audiences are ready to embrace such a polyglot cast in a film that centers on conflict among people, not races.

“Not one time in this movie is race an issue,” he says. “Not one time does anyone say, ‘You can’t be with that girl because she’s Asian,” or ‘You can’t be with that boy because he’s white.’

Read the rest of the article here!

Derek Hough Tidbits on ‘Make Your Move’ & Fun Instagram Video!

Check out this great interview called “5 Ways to Make Your Move with Derek Hough” from Backstage.com! In the article, Derek explains five important things that keeps him motivated in life and career.. and filming MAKE YOUR MOVE! We’ve posting our two favorites, but be sure to click on the link to read them all!

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Derek’s special message to fans about ‘Make Your Move’

Go the extra mile.
“The character is a tapper, a hoofer, a street performer in New Orleans and I’ve never tapped before in my life,” says Hough. “It was actually one of the things that fascinated me about it and excited me because I knew it was going to force me to learn a new skill.” Although they offered to use stunt feet, it was important to Hough to do all the dancing himself. “I wanted every sound and every movement to be my own, and to be honest about it and to be true.” Hough trained for two and a half months, but luckily, since he was a drummer, picking up the rhythms was fairly easy.

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In addition to his dance training, Hough studied theater in London. The training helped to give him freedom in his acting and dancing. “It’s really psychological, and [you learn] about yourself and being honest with yourself and true to how you feel in that moment.” He’s applied this technique to his acting, dancing, and choreography. “Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.”

Also check out this fun instagram that Derek posted today in honor of the release of MAKE YOUR MOVE. It’s a behind the scenes video at the filming of the video LET ME IN… you can see Duane Adler in there getting some action too! Haha!

#fbf recording the music video for LET ME IN from the film MAKE YOUR MOVE . Which comes out today . #power

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