Derek was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and is one of five children, the only male in the clan. In 1998 Derek moved to London, England and was educated at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts until 2004. He developed his ballroom dance craft with Corky & Shirley Ballas, World Champion Ballroom dancers, the couple with whom he resided. Derek is a former World Champion Latin American dancer, and has demonstrated and competed all over the world. He was also awarded the LA Underground Outstanding Dancer of the Year, and the New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dancer.
Derek’s theatre credits include: Ren in Footloose at the Novello Theatre and national tour 2006 and May-June 2007, Choo-Choo in Top Cat-the Muscial workshop (Phil McIntyreEnt); Company in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, London Palladium; Lead Dancer in Fosse Tribute, Grosvenor House, Company in Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Windsor; Cliff in Cabaret, Avondale Theatre; Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Millfield Theatre; Master Thief in Master Thief, UST Company, USA.
Television/film credits include: Presenter in Real Lives, CITV; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (WarnerBrothers); Lead Dancer in George Michael’s ‘Round Here’ video.
Derek met up with his kid sister, Julianne Hough, and did the American live tour of Dancing with the Stars, over the Christmas holidays in 2006 to a sold out audience every night. That led him to his most current opportunity, a contract with the television show, Dancing with the Stars, premiering Monday, September 24, 2007. He has been partnered with the beautiful and lovely, 90210’s star, Jenny Garth.
In addition to being a fantastic dancer and actor, Derek is in a band, created by himself and Mark Ballas, Almost Amy. He plays guitar and sings lead vocals. Derek invites you to visit his band website, http://www.Almost-Amy.com and listen to some of their great music. The genre of the music is rhythmic acoustic pop with blues tones. You can learn to dance with Derek at http:/www.learning2dance.com