On Monday night, the pro dancing pair set the ballroom on fire with a special Paso Doble performance to the song “Uccen” by Taalbi Brothers. The red and black themed dance featured special effects and massive moves from the six-time mirrorball champion and his longtime girlfriend, who has appeared as a troupe member on the ABC celebrity ballroom competition.
The dance marked Derek’s first performance on the Dancing with the Stars stage in more than three years.
Both Derek and Hayley shared photos from their epic routine on Instagram. Derek posted an especially leggy pic of his longtime love as she did an incredible high kick.
In the comments section to the 35-year-old Emmy-winning choreographer’s post, fans and famous friends reacted to the couple’s mind-blowing dance.
“Yoooooo so good guys!!!!” wrote fellow DWTS pro Emma Slater.
“It was awesome all of it!!!” Sharna Burgess added.
“And she delivered! You both did! Great to have you back on the floor!” veteran DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba remarked.
“Absolutely mind-blowing!!!!” commented Derek’s former celeb partner Amy Purdy. “You guys are so good, it was insane!!! I love seeing you two dance! Perfection and Magic!!!!!!! ”
Other fans questioned how it was possible that Hayley has never been a full-time pro dancer on the show. Some dubbed the stunning routine the show’s “best dance ever.”
On her own social media page, Hayley shared a stunning photo from later in the dance. In the pic, she lunged back as her boyfriend held her arms and the lights dimmed.
“Wowowowowow so freaking incredible,” dancer Witney Carson wrote in the comments section.
“Crushed it,” added Sasha Farber.
Other fans described the mesmerizing dance as “poetry” on the floor and praised the couple’s style and grace.
Hours after performing the adrenaline-pumping Paso, Derek shared a post to his Instagram story that revealed he and Hayley were still “buzzing” from the performance.
In a heartfelt spiel, Derek told his followers it was a privilege to return to the beautiful ballroom that he loves and that it was even more special to share the experience with Hayley. He also teased a behind-the-scenes video of how the two created their routine, which will be posted on their YouTube channel later this week.
“It’s a privilege to dance on that floor,” Derek wrote. “And a privilege to work amongst passion and professionalism.