Derek Hough Taking a Break From 'Dancing with the Stars' After heating up the dancefloor for seven seasons on 'Dancing with the Stars,' Derek Hough is taking a much-deserved break from the show.

The dancer-choreographer will be spending season 12 away from the ballroom, taking time to film dance flick 'Cobu 3D' in New York and Toronto this spring.

In the film, Hough plays a New Orleans dancer who falls for the drummer of a rival dance group while trying to make it in New York.

Hough says that despite his hiatus from the ABC hit, he will return for the show's thirteenth season with renewed vigor. "I will be making it back to 'Dancing with the Stars' in the fall. I'm just taking a break and taking this chance to grow and expand a little bit as an artist," he tells PEOPLE. "I'll come back with a whole new set of skills."