Growing up in a family of dancers, one of Derek Ho’s earliest childhood memories is watching his parents train in ballroom at their local studio in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Despite the early exposure, Derek did not discover his passion in dance until his freshman year at Rutgers University, where he was inspired by the amount of talent in the east coast dance community. With no prior training, he joined his first team, Verse|One, which is the campus’ only non-auditioning dance team. Through that experience, he was able to gain the foundation and confidence to later join the competition scene, competing with teams such as RDT and The Society.
After moving near the city in Hoboken, Derek joined Season 8 of EPIC Motion. He looks forward to expanding his dance vocabulary and performance quality with his New York dance family. Outside of the studio, Derek works in fashion merchandising as a Menswear Buyer and enjoys eating soup dumplings & traveling.