Always menough love

Any success I had in the dancing department, I owe 100 percent to Derek Hough, my dance partner. He is the most superb dancer & a genius-level choreographer and teacher. He makes every partner look amazing. He really is that unbelievable.

Maria writes about Derek in her second book, The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness

…I was in utter awe of her dedication and work ethic. She never once complained, even when I saw the pain on her face…

The woman is a fighter, and she genuinely wanted to be there, to learn, and to do well. She wasn’t going to let anything hold her back from it.

Derek Hough writes about Maria Menounos, Take the Lead

Maria Menounos taught me an amazing lesson about enduring. It was during our first dance, the cha-cha. There’s a move in the beginning where she goes over my leg and I twist her, then she goes into another dip. A week before the premiere, we were practicing that move, but when I twisted her, she landed on my knee & cracked two ribs. Another person might have said, ‘That’s it, we’re finished here,’ but not Maria. She had her ribs taped up and went right back to work. She even joked about it: ‘Obviously, Derek’s knee is very strong and my ribs are very soft.’
I was worried about her, but she kept saying, ‘We are not talking about this! We are dancing. I am having the best time of my life and I need to power through.’

Derek Hough talks about Maria Menounos in Take the Lead

  • Q: Who comes up with those crazy team names-- and what has been your favorite?
  • A: The fans! I think my favorite has been "Menough Said" for Maria Menounos and me.