Dancer, Director, Choreographer and Teacher Derek Piquette began dancing at the young age of 10 in his hometown of Chicopee, MA. One of the most exciting experiences in his young career took place in 2015, when he competed on Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance, finishing among the top 4 “Stage” dancers. He followed up his appearance on the show with the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour, performing in 70 cities across USA and Canada.
In early 2017, Derek performed the lead role in Cirque Du Soleil’s KOOZA as the “Trickster” traveling under Big Top in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore and China. One of Derek’s most recent endeavors included competing as a finalist on NBC’s World Of Dance Season 3 featuring Jennifer Lopez.
In 2019, Derek choreographed and was featured as a principle dancer in a new Netflix film “Work It” produced by Alicia Keys, as well as, worked as a principle dancer on another Netflix series directed by Kenny Ortega “Julie and the Phantoms”. Alongside his partner Mitchell Jackson, they choreographed solos on Briar Nolet for Jennifer Lopez’s “It’s My Party” Tour.
Most recently, Derek filmed an Apple+ TV limited series entitled “Schmigadoon”. Derek was cast as a chorus performer/ core dancer and was also brought on as an assistant choreographer to the legendary Christopher Gattelli for one of the episodes. Later in 2020, he was part of the creation process and danced on camera for a new Netflix series “Scaredy Cats” choreographed by Tori Caro.
As a teacher and choreographer, Derek has worked for various dance organizations including On the Floor, Hit the Floor, CLI Studios, Mather Dance Company Online, Acrobatic Arts, Top Ten Dance Challenge where he has judged, taught, and assisted top choreographers in the industry.
His career has taken him to destinations throughout the United States, Canada, England, Central America, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, China and Singapore where he has taught at over 200 competitive and professional dance studios/companies. Since 2014, Derek choreographed more than 450 award winning pieces, including pieces for stars on Dance Moms, Disney’s Backstage, World of Dance, Netflix, Family Channel’s The Next Step and So You Think You Can Dance.