Strictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis is the first ever deaf contestant to take part on the show annd explained that she doesn’t always follow the vibrations of the music while learning routines.
The 27-year-old EastEnders actress and her partner Giovanni Pernice stunned fans by including a 10 second silence in the middle of their dance earlier this month.
The fan favourite contestant revealed in a candid interview that she focusses on her dance partner Giovanni when learning the dances as she is distracted by the vibrations.
She told Radio Times: “Some deaf people do, some don’t. But I’ve got too many things going on in my head.
“If I start thinking about the vibrations, I’m going to forget about my dance. What works best for me is to keep it simple. So I watch Giovanni and I count – a lot.”
Rose and Giovanni also revealed that they both asked producers to be partnered with one another.
Rose said Giovanni’s experience of being in finals gives her hope that they could win the show together this year.
Giovanni revealed changing his coaching style for Rose “completely changed the way he teaches” and how he makes the choreography is a “different world”.
He said: “You know, week one was a little bit [more] difficult than now. Now, I know exactly what to do. I’m very, very proud of what both of us have done this year.”
He said he has learned from Rose that he “can be positive and happy every day”, as a result of her “fantastic attitude”, even if they have “difficult dances” to master.
Giovanni said he feels he can relax as soon as he arrives at the studio and gets to spend his time with her, and Rose said she loves rehearsing for the show and arrives at the studio at around 8am on a typical Saturday.
The pair performed their silent routine to raise awareness of the experiences of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Opening up about the experience, Giovanni explained how hard it was for him to dance in silence, as he told ITV’s This Morning : “Even 10 seconds silence – I’m a professional dancer and have been for 20 years.
“Even 10 seconds of silence was so hard because in that 10 seconds, you have to think about the steps, you have to keep on the beat, so I understand what she’s been doing for eight weeks. The 10 seconds was just powerful. It was very good.”
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