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Derek Hough‘s dancing days are done – for now.
He has announced that he won’t be appearing on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in March.
“I’m taking season 12 off,” the three-time champ tells People.
Hough will begin shooting the upcoming dance love story Cobu 3D in New York and Toronto this spring.
He plays a New Orleans street dancer who moves to New York and falls for an Asian drummer (played by Korean pop recording star BoA).
Says Hough, “People will see a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dance I’m capable of doing.”
DWTS fans need not worry: Hough says he’ll return to the hit ABC show for season 13 in the fall.
“I’m just taking a little break and taking this chance to grow and expand a little bit as an artist,” he says. “It’s like I told one of the producers on the show – I’ll come back with a whole new set of skills.”
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