Don’t say you weren’t warned.
When Julianne and Derek Hough bring their “Move Beyond — Live on Tour” show to North Texas on Sunday, their goal is to give everyone in the audience a serious case of sensory overload.
The sibling entertainers — household names because of their “Dancing With the Stars” successes — created, choreographed and headline the show, which often takes audience members by surprise.
“People will come expecting the show to be like ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ but this is something very, very different,” Julianne says. “What we’re doing is more like a rock concert for dance. It’s more like a Las Vegas-Cirque du Soleil show. It’s very theatrical.
“We give you all sorts of styles of dance: ballroom, tap, salsa, hip-hop. We’ve got 10 of the most amazing dancers with us. We’re using props, content on the video screens and lighting that’s so gorgeous. And Derek and I sing.”
They probably could satisfy most audience members with a show that merely re-creates “Dancing With the Stars”-style routines — but the Houghs have taken the extra step.
“We love it when people show up, thinking they’ll just sit back and relax and enjoy a nice evening of dance, only to leave feeling the energy just coursing through their bodies,” Julianne says.
This is the third year that the Houghs have taken their show on the road.
The first year, in 2014, their idea for “Move Live on Tour” was met with skepticism. “We were told a few times, ‘Who’s going to want to watch a dance show?’” Julianne remembers. “Then we ended up selling out in every city.”
The next year, “Move Live on Tour 2015” sold out in even bigger venues across the country.
“Because of the response that we had for that tour, we were able to go above and beyond for this third one,” Julianne says. “It’s definitely an experience for viewers.”
And to think there was a time when Julianne and her older brother wanted only to choreograph and produce it for other dancers. Eventually, though, they realized, “Why let other dancers have all the fun?”
The numbers in the show are inspired by the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water.
Julianne, a two-time “Dancing With the Stars” champ, promises that fans will get to know her and her older brother, a six-time Mirrorball Trophy winner, better.
“We’re not only dancing, all styles, but we’re also singing a bunch of songs,” she says. “We have a couple of numbers that show our personalities and some sibling rivalry stuff.
“We also get to engage with the audience. It’s one of my favorite parts of the tour. When we do the VIP meet-and-greets, we always tend to go long on time because we love the interaction.”
Even though the show will be nothing like an episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” Julianne is quick to point out that “Move Beyond” wouldn’t be possible without the success of “DWTS.”
“We always say that, 10 years ago, nobody knew what a paso doble was,” says Julianne, a two-time Mirrorball winner. “Now people are like, ‘Yeah, I love the paso doble.’
“So we feel really fortunate that we’ve been part of the evolution — or even just the revolution — of dancing in the last 10 years.”
Move Beyond — Live on Tour
- 8 p.m. Sunday
- Verizon Theatre
- 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie