Julianne Alexandra Hough was raised in Salt Lake City, the youngest of 5 children.
She is the daughter of Mari Anne (Heaton) and Bruce Robert Hough, twice chairman of the Utah Republican Party.
Her parents met in college when both were part of a ballroom dancing team.
The three children performed as a pop music trio '2B1G' (2 Boys, 1 Girl) at dance competitions in the United Kingdom and the United States.
At age 15, Julianne became Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival. She returned to the United States to live with her mother in Las Vegas, where she attended the Las Vegas Academy.
After a year, she moved back to Utah to live with her father and graduated from Alta High School.
She then moved to Los Angeles to begin a career in entertainment.
Julianne quickly landed her first job as a dancer on ABC game show Show Me the Money (2006). She released her debut album in 2008, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and at #3 on the Billboard 200.
Julianne is also actively involved in charities and humanitarian efforts--including Susan G. Jude's Children's Research Hospital--and serves on the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.Julianne is the fifth and youngest child of her parents' marriage.Her mother was instrumental in her career in entertainment, enrolling her and her siblings in various performance classes from a very young age.She began her training in Latin ballroom dancing at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah.At age 10, along with her brother Derek Hough, she went to London to study with coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas.She and Derek attended the Italia Conti Academy with the Ballas's son, Mark Ballas.