Corny Collins was based on a real person – Buddy Deane, and his show was actually cancelled because he was all for integration in the 1960s!
“That integration really changed not just culture and humanity, but dance,” he shared with NKD mag. “Me being a dancer and learning the history of it, and seeing where all these moves and trends came from, it’s pretty cool…It’s about that time and what it meant. To do The Twist was considered vulgar.”
Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, and Brec Bassinger strike poses at the Brooks Brothers Celebrates the Holidays with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital event on Saturday (December 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In his cover story with NKD mag, the dancer/actor confirms that he’s leaving the show in 2017, and moving on with NBC’s new dance competition, World of Dance, as a judge.
“It’s going to be a great year. It’s going to be a transitional year for me. A new chapter,” he shares.
Derek adds, “The show is my family. It’s really important to me, and its been a part of my life for so long…My reason for not returning is when I look at that room, I kind of feel like I’ve done what I can in that room and in that space. I’ve accomplished so much in that space. I feel like I need to move onto a different space.”
Derek also has the Singin’ In The Rain on Broadway in 2017.
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“It’s like filming a full length feature film live before your eyes,” the pro dancer told Ellen DeGeneres on her show this week. “I got it down, but there are a few lines…I kind of flub my lines over.”
Meanwhile, Derek just served as Best Man at pal Mark Ballas‘ wedding, which is making him also think about the future.
“I see myself married with kids in the next five years,” he said.
As for Dancing With the Stars, Derek said, “I won’t be back next season. I’m going to be part of a new show called World Of Dance with Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo.”
In case you didn’t already know, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore and is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
Here’s the synopsis: Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store.
Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”
Mark your calendars – Hairspray Live! will air on Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.