Derek and Julianne Hough Are Working Together Again — and It Involves a 'New Fresh Spin' on Dance (Exclusive)

The brother and sister dancing duo open up to PEOPLE about their latest collaboration, and getting over their fights quickly: "We're a team"

<p>Vivien Killilea/Getty Images</p> Derek Hough and Julianne Hough attend BAFTA tea party in 2024

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Derek Hough and Julianne Hough attend BAFTA tea party in 2024

Julianne and Derek Hough are putting on their dancing shoes again — and this time, they're hoping to inspire a new generation of ballroom dancers.

The brother and sister choreographers announced a partnership with DanceOne to launch an all-new global ballroom dance convention and competition tour, expected to hit major markets across the US in 2025 and expand internationally in 2026 — and they tell PEOPLE they couldn't be more excited about it.

"Just looking at the dance industry over the last however many years, Derek and I have been so fortunate that we've been a big part of that in the commercial sense," says Julianne, 35, who will help curate workshops and competitions within the tour.

"Looking back at where we came from was like, man, we wouldn't be where we're at without the training and the mentorship and the dedication that it takes, but we're at that stage of our life where a contribution is important," she continues. "We want to connect with the next generation of dancers, helping them move forward. Latin and Ballroom is where we came from, but we also want to be able to infuse the multi-genres, so we feel like we're going to be able to bring a new fresh spin on the convention and competition world. That's exciting, and it feels good to be a part of it."

Derek, 39, adds: "Our goal is to bring two worlds together. The dance competition world is thriving — the talent is unbelievable. Then also the Ballroom and Latin world, which is its own world, we want to marry those together, and to bring the coaches and teachers who trained us to have masterclasses."

<p>Dance One</p> Julianne and Derek Hough launching a new dance partnership

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Julianne and Derek Hough launching a new dance partnership

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Julianne says she's also excited to put more of a spotlight on the athleticism of dance.

"The dance world has been its little niche community for a long time, and television shows like Dancing with the Stars have helped more people fall in love with it, but it really is this athletic art form," she explains, noting that it's what has helped her stay in unbelievable shape.

"As far as the younger generation goes, we really encourage people to dance and to move, because it's not just a way of having discipline and self-confidence and self-awareness, but also it's just a way to tap into yourself mentally — it's amazing for your health in all aspects," she adds.

<p>Noam Galai/Getty</p> Julianne Hough and Derek Hough

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Julianne Hough and Derek Hough

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So working together, do they ever fight?

"We're siblings!" says Derek with a laugh.

"I definitely think that we understand each other's intentions if we do," he notes. "So if we ever do have a little misunderstanding or a fight, they're very short-lived."

He adds, "I think we've had a very unique upbringing as well, where we moved to England. I was 12 years old, she was nine years old. So we really looked out for each other. We're like a team."

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