Derek Hough Taking a Break From 'Dancing with the Stars'
By Sarah Crow Posted Jan 31st 2011 06:00PM
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."
Hough says of his upcoming film role, "People will see a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dancing I'm capable of doing," noting that he has already gained "about 10 lbs of muscle" in preparation for the movie's "incredible" dance numbers.
As for his bosses at ABC, they support Hough's decision to take a break from the show. 'DWTS' executive producer, Conrad Green, says, "We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from 'Dancing with the Stars' to pursue his film career and look forward to having him return to the show in the fall."
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