Strictly Come Dancing's Rose Ayling-Ellis can't train when it's raining for devastating reason
25th November 2021

STRICTLY'S Rose Ayling-Ellis is unable to train when it's raining because of her deafness.

The popular actress relies on the vibration of music to rehearse with dance partner Giovanni Pernice, but when heavy rain is thundering down outside it makes it all the more challenging.

Show host Claudia Winkleman told The Big Issue: "“Rose is fantastic…she’s properly funny. I hope that comes across. She’s a fabulous dancer. The fact she’s deaf comes way down the list of the extraordinariness of the charm of Rose.

“She finds it difficult to train when it’s really raining as it messes with the vibrations in her chest.”

Last week Rose and Giovanni shared an inspiring message for the deaf community on This Morning.

EastEnders actress Rose, 27, told presenters Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary: "It's society that makes it difficult being deaf …

"My mum – when she found out I was deaf, she felt so alone. She felt she had no idea about deaf culture and deaf community.

"It’s society that makes it difficult being deaf…. there’s nothing wrong with being deaf, I have no problem with it."

Italian dancer Giovanni, 31 added that Rose is "100% the best dance partner" on the show.

He continued: "I'm a professional dancer, I've been doing it for 23 years. 

"Even 10 seconds of silence was so hard because in that 10 seconds, you have to think about your steps and you have to think about keeping the beat – and I was like, 'Now I understand what she goes through.'"

The choreographer added: "She’s working harder than anyone else – even more than me sometimes.

"She is working harder than anyone else – even more than me sometimes."

He added the "door will open" for other deaf people since having a role model like Rose on the show.

Rose previously explained how she is able to pick up the beat of the music, so that she can dance in time.

The actress told BBC News: “It is a common misconception that deaf people can’t enjoy music.

“I have a hearing aid, so I pick up some of the music and I can hear the beat. I can hear someone singing, but I can’t identify exact words. I also feel the vibrations.”

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