He was runner-up on the second season of the SABC reality dance show So You Think You Can Dance, and this year, he appears – along with his delectable dance partner Milla Lykke – at Shall We Dance…we’re talking about the 12 times South African Freestyle Dance Champion Darren Hammond.

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Hammond and Lykke started dancing together in 2013 and, since last year’s Shall We Dance shows – at which time the pair were ranked 22cnd in the world – the couple have made enormous gains. This past year, competing against over 300 of the best dancers in the world, they’ve appeared in the top twelve (semi-finals) of all three Majors Championships – placing 7th at the International Ballroom Dancing Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2015, 11th at the UK Open Dance Championships in Bournemouth in January 2016, and 11th at the British Open Amateur Latin Championships in Blackpool in May 2016.

No Rest for Darren and Milla!

But that’s not all for the energetic dancing duo – they also danced into fifth place at the Dutch Open Championships in November 2015, and 8th at the World Championships in Paris in December 2015.

Although they’ve has just returned from competing in the United States – earning a second place, and second only to the current world champions in Miami – this couple won’t be putting their feet up just yet…in just a few weeks they’ll be dazzling audiences at Durban’s longest-running dance show between 9th and 17th September at The Playhouse. Don’t miss out on the action – get your tickets now!