Hayley Erbert, 22, is currently dating professional dancer, Derek Hough, 31. The two have been together since July 2015, according to Who’s Dated Who, and appear to be going strong. Fans are hoping that they will become engaged soon.
The Topeka, Kansas, native has had quite an amazing career jumpstart thanks in part to So You Think You Can Dance and her boyfriend and his sister, Julianne Hough. She has been on Dancing With the Stars as part of the show’s dance troupe for the past two seasons.
“I’m honestly very lucky to have gotten the jobs I’ve gotten at such a young age. I’m pretty much living my dream,” Erbert told CJ Online last year.
Here is what you need to know:
1. She Recently Posted a Picture of Her & Hough on Instagram
Hough and Erbert are fairly quiet about their relationship, which leaves some fans wondering if the two are still dating. In a recent Instagram post (above), Erbert added a heart to her caption, pretty much confirming that she and Hough are indeed still romantically linked.
To further solidify those “are they or aren’t they?” rumors, Hough visited his old stomping grounds — the set of Dancing With the Stars — on Monday, May 8. He was there to support his fellow dancers and friends — and, of course, show his girlfriend some love. After Erbert completed a dance, she was filmed backstage getting an embrace from her man.
Hough also gave her a sweet kiss on the cheek. You can check out their exchange in the short video clip below.
2. She Is a Troupe Dancer on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Erbert has been a part of the troupe on Dancing With the Stars since Season 21. On May 8, she joined Lindsay Arnold and David Ross for a Paso to Gangsta’s Paradise. Fans seemed to love the gladiator-themed dance, but the judges didn’t give Ross the high scores that he may have needed to make it to the finals.
The trio dance scored a 29/40, head judge Len Goodman outwardly proclaiming he “didn’t like [the dance] at all.”
You can check out Arnold, Ross, and Erbert in their trio dance in the video below.
Erbert will also be going on the Dancing With The Stars Live! tour this summer. Erbert will be on the road with other DWTS cast members including Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, and Sasha Farber for 47 shows across the United States.
There is always a chance that Erbert could be brought on as a pro in an upcoming season of the popular dance competition show.
3. She Competed on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Erbert began dancing soon after she learned to walk. She took dance lessons and trained as a gymnast. She was also a beauty pageant star, coming in second place for Miss Kansas in the Miss Teen USA pageant 2013.
As a recent high school graduate (she attended Washburn Rural High School in Topeka), Erbert tried out for So You Think You Can Dance. She joined the cast when she was just 18 years old. She advanced to the top six before getting cut on the Aug. 27, 2013, episode. Since she made it to the top 10 in her season, Erbert was asked to be a part of a 42-city So You Think You Can Dance Tour that same year.
“So You Think You Can Dance’s Top 10 finalists will make their way across North America, performing in a mix of theaters and arenas as part of the So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2013, sponsored by BLOCH, an international leader in dance wear. The season 10 tour line-up includes: Aaron Turner, Amy Yakima, ‘Fik-Shun,’ Hayley Erbert, Jasmine Harper, Jenna Johnson, Makenzie Dustman, Nico Greetham, Paul Karmiryan, and Tucker Knox,” read the tour’s press release.
4. She Joined Hough on Tour
Derek and his sister, Julianne Hough, hired Erbert to go on tour with them in 2014. It was while she performing in Move Live! that a producer for Dancing With The Stars saw her talent and wanted to offer her a spot on the reality dance competition show.
“They got my contact information from Derek and Julianne, called me and set up an interview. I interviewed right after I got off tour and found out a couple of weeks later that I was on Season 21. That was really exciting for me, not being a trained ballroom dancer, it was really exciting,” Erbert told CJ Online.
Erbert has since had some pretty incredible experiences in the world of dance.
5. She Loves Cats
Erbert has a soft spot for cats. Like any cat owner, she is a cat lover and is always ready to share a snap of a furry four-legged friend on social media. Her cat, Nugget, is a tabby. Lily is mostly white with some orange patches.
Not only did her friends get her a birthday cake that read, “Happy Birthday Cat Lady,” but she has also been known to post cat memes and cute cat photos on her Instagram account.
Check out some of her cute cat pictures in the photos below.