Derick has always had the urge for movement at a very early age. Whether it was mimicking Michael Jackson, gymnasts or acrobats, he always felt the need to express himself through movement. These movements were later refined after seeing break-dancing for the first time on Much Music’s, Electric Circus. Since then he knew he wanted to express himself using the movements through the art of breakin’.
With no formal training, at the age of ten his dancing was done in his living room, kitchen, or the occasional parties. It was not until high-school that Derick began to hone his skills, discipline himself and also be opened to other types of dance styles. Besides the training received from his high-school dance program at Burnaby South Secondary School, Derick has also taken numerous dance classes and incorporated different styles such as hip-hop, contemporary and modern, aside from breakin’. Due to his physique, he has been blessed with the ability to execute many various ranges of motion which allows him to always explore new ways to move his body.
Derick has had the opportunity to work and dance along side some of Canada’s most talented dancers, chorographers and performers such as N.O.N., The Groovy G’s, Amy Wright, Chris Clarke, Nathan Elliot and Mitch Sauder. He has also performed on international stages and worked with many artists on music videos, one of them for Canadian rapper Classified.
Along with dancing, Derick is a striving, up and coming actor and model. In 2009, he began to take the two very seriously, and has been able to acquire representation for himself since 2011 through Hero Artists. He has done work for Discovery Channel, The History Channel, UK 5, Toyota, Pizza Hut and Warner Bros. Among all this Derick is in his final year, currently finishing his Bachelors of Arts Honors degree in Social Sciences at York University.