Derek Hough has pulled off some amazing feats during his tenure on Dancing with the Stars, but he promises next week’s routine with his celeb partner, Paralympic adaptive snowboarder Amy Purdy, will be his most remarkable ballroom moment yet.
“We’re doing something beautiful,” he told reporters backstage after Monday night’s show. “It’s going to be… before I’ve even choreographed it, I have it in my head a little bit, it’s going to be one of the most memorable things I’ve ever been a part of just based upon the motivation behind it and also trying something so different.”
Amy has been wowing viewers by executing some seriously impressive routines despite dancing on two prosthetic legs.
“The feedback has been so positive and there’s been so much of it,” she says. “It’s amazing. I never thought I would be here and to be here and doing well and to be inspiring people and have people sharing that information with me—it feels good.”
The athlete is currently writing a book about her life which she hopes will be on shelves within the next year and the first person in line for a copy may just be Derek.
“We were talking about her story and I’ve watched interviews and I’ve seen things and I think I know (her story), and then the more I talk to her the more I’m finding out the details and it’s like, ‘Wow,’” he says. “It’s even more incredible and more compelling when I hear these tiny little details she’s been telling me. That’s what’s going to be great about her book—those little details that are so much more than what we see or hear about.”
The duo have been working with Amy’s prosthetic specialist to adapt some of the available technology to work for their dances.
“Next week we’re basically jumping in,” says Derek. “We’re trying something that has never really been done before, at least dancing-wise.”
Amy says she’s excited to try something new.
“It’s all an experiment and I want to be innovative and creative and just see what we can do instead of trying to be stuck in this box of this is all I can do,” she says. “There can be amazing possibilities. We just don’t know until we try it.”