Julianne Hough Performs Dance Inspired by Choreographer's Chronic Illness on DWTS


Julianne Hough took to the “Dancing With the Stars” stage Monday night to perform an emotional dance inspired by a choreographer’s chronic illnesses.

The dance, set to “Wouldn’t Change Anything” by Alexander Jean (a band made up of Mark Ballas and his wife Jean), was created by dancer and professional choreographer Marinda Davis. In a pre-taped segment before the performance, Hough explained that Davis was “unfortunately was diagnosed with seven autoimmune diseases that left her terminally ill.” Some of her diagnoses include lupusHashimoto’s disease and dysautonomia. Davis used her own journey as inspiration for the piece.

The dance begins with Hough (who herself has endometriosis) exiting a doctor’s office looking stunned, then walking and dancing among a group of “townspeople.” She also picks up and throws a folder filled with papers, presumably meant to embody medical records. At the end of the dance, Hough is lifted into the air towards the ceiling by a wire.

Watch the performance below:

In an Instagram post after the performance, Davis said she was grateful the piece had “moved” so many with chronic illnesses, and urged her “fellow warriors” to keep fighting.

While hearing how much you loved the choreography means so much, what means the most is to hear from so many battling autoimmune diseases, genetic diseases, and other illness, how much this piece moved you. Whether it was because you recognized yourself, felt represented for the first time, or maybe helped your caregivers feel appreciated, or maybe even helped them accept your diagnosis and prognosis, this is why we did this. To reach out and touch YOU.

: "Wouldn't Change Anything." ???? • • thank you to the stunning @juleshough, my incredible cast (@chrlesnchrge @robertroldan_ @brandon_armstrong94 @nickbaga @wyattwerks @dance10jenna @hayley.erbert @brittbenae @itsbrittcherry @morgannimal), the amazing @markballas @_alexanderjean_ @bcjean, and all the crew and producers at @dancingabc ! thank you to all of YOU for your love and support. ???? • • while hearing how much you loved the choreography means so much, what means the most is to hear from so many battling auto immune diseases, genetic diseases, and other illness', how much this piece moved you. whether it was because you recognized yourself, felt represented for the first time, or maybe helped your caregivers feel appreciated, or maybe even helped them accept your diagnosis and prognosis, this is why we did this. to reach out and touch YOU. hug your loved ones a little tighter. treasure the luck and gift if you have your health. and to my fellow warriors, keep fighting. we're in this together. ???? #danceBRAVE #liveBRAVE

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Before the performance, Hough wrote an Instagram post explaining that when she heard Marinda’s story, saw her work and found out it was a dream for her to have a piece on “Dancing With the Stars,” she was blown away and had to find a way for her to share her work on the show.

SWIPE ???????? to find out the SURPRISE ‼️ There are certain moments in my career that have made what I do mean so much more than you could ever imagine. This performance and piece that @marinspirations choreographed will forever be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences. Thank you @justinbaldoni for introducing us and being such a selfless angel that makes dreams come true. I feel so lucky that I have had a platform to share my joy and love of dance with all of you, where it all began for me on #DWTS. So when I heard Marinda’s story, saw her work and found out it was a dream for her to have a piece on the show, I was absolutely blown away and HAD to find a way for her to share her gifts. I can’t wait for all of you to feel the same amount of love, gratitude, compassion and LIFE that she gives to me! I’m not going to give too much of her story away now because we want you to tune in on Monday at 8/7C on ABC to celebrate her life and her talents that she so courageously created for all of us! TRUST ME, You won’t want to miss this! Thank you to everyone at @wayfarerla for all the amazing work you do and for connecting us all together! #mylastdays Thank you to everyone at @dancingabc bbc, and abc for being so amazing by embracing this performance and for having a platform for this genius and beautiful soul to inspire and give hope to those that need it .. all through the universal language, DANCE! #alexanderjean #wouldntchangeanything #dance #choreography #love #passion #life #inspire

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