Beginning his dance journey in Maryland, Derek joined Houston Ballet in 2012.
With Houston Ballet, Derek performed in many ballets including Ketubah, Aladdin, Intimate Pages, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, La Bayadere, and many others.
In 2008, Derek earned the Youth American Grand Prix Award, the Junior Gold Medal in 2010, and the Senior Gold Metal in 2012 at YAGP. He was also awarded the Junior Bronze Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2010.
Derek joined the Boston Ballet as a soloist in 2017 and was promoted to principial dancer in 2018.
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