EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is the first ever deaf person to compete on Strictly Come Dancing and wowed audiences with her first performance last weekend
Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice has revealed the amazing way in which Rose Ayling-Ellis learns dance routines.
The EastEnders actress is the first ever deaf person to compete on the BBC show and wowed audiences with her first performance last weekend.
Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of Strictly: It Takes Two, Giovanni explained how he’s been training the 26-year-old soap star.
“Well obviously it’s completely different, we just now focus on the muscle memory more than the music,” he told host Janette Manrara.
“Some people connect sometimes movement to the lyrics of the song but unfortunately we can’t do that.
“so it’s all about muscle memory, so in her brain she’s still counting and still remember what she has to do, the technique, so it’s quite more difficult,” Giovanni added.
Rose then said: “It’s quite a lot but I noticed people really rely on the music to remember what’s next but I don’t do that.”
Janette then told the pair that she was in tears watching their first dance last weekend, and Strictly fans are certainly impressed with them too.
“Rose and Giovanni has the perfect partnership. He’s willing to adapt his teaching style for her. He learns sign language as well which is lovely. Rose and Giovanni need to be finalists for me #ItTakesTwo,” one fan tweeted.
Another posted: “I thought Rose looked amazing and her dance was great too . Giovanni is such a nice guy he’s perfect for Rose #ItTakesTwo.”
A third person added: “So inspirational to see Rose and her BSL interpreter on #ItTakesTwo. Well done @bbcstrictly for changing the world one dance at a time #deafawareness #DiversityandInclusion #accessibility.”
Their appearance on It Takes Two comes after Rose’s EastEnders co-star Danny Dyer praised her ‘fearless’ performance.
When Rose shared photos from her dancing debut, Danny was quick to comment and wrote: “Absolutely f***ing fearless Rose. So proud.”
Danny portrays Rose’s onscreen father Mick Carter on EastEnders, and the pair clearly have a great relationship offscreen as well.
Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday at 6:45pm on BBC One.