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‘Why can’t I give it a go?’: How Rose Ayling-Ellis’ Strictly success is inspiring deaf youngsters

Actor’s achievements helping others embrace deaf identity and pursue passions on own terms

Rose Ayling-Ellis and her dancing partner Giovanni Pernice performing on Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC

Rose Ayling-Ellis and her dancing partner Giovanni Pernice performing on Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC

Rachel Hall
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Sat 18 Dec 2021 04.00 EST

Amid all the noise, glitter and razzle-dazzle, the most iconic moment of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing took place in complete silence. The music paused for several seconds while deaf actor Rose Ayling-Ellis and her dancing partner Giovanni Pernice continued to glide elegantly across the floor.

The dance was intended as a tribute to the deaf community, but it has resonated far more broadly: as well as receiving a perfect score, the couple’s performance has been labelled the “greatest ever” on the show, while an official BBC clip has been viewed 1.7m times on YouTube.

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