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Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour to have sign language interpreter at all venues following Rose Ayling-Ellis’ historic win

Strictly Come Dancing will have a BSL interpreter present in every venue of the show’s upcoming tour.

An announcement was made on social media today, explaining how the tour will be made more accessible.

The news comes after EastEnders actor Rose Ayling-Ellis became the first deaf contestant to take part in the glitzy dance show, before she went on to win with professional partner Giovanni Pernice.

The official Instagram account for the Strictly arena tour wrote: ‘BREAKING NEWS! We are delighted to announce that a registered BSL Interpreter will be provided for every venue and performance of the tour, making this the biggest ever BSL accessible arena tour in the UK.’

They explained that ‘the interpreter will be displayed on two very large screens either side of the stage area,’ allowing attendees to ‘book tickets and sit almost anywhere in the arena to enjoy the experience with family and friends.’

For more information about how to book tickets, fans can visit

Rose and Giovanni lifted the glitter ball last month in a historic win (Picture: BBC)

If you require PA assistance, you should contact your local venue.

Champion Rose was quick to celebrate the news on Twitter, writing: ‘Amazing! 🤩🤩’

The tour’s social media accounts accompanied their announcement with a video of a BSL interpreter, explaining how to book tickets for the shows.

The Strictly tour hits the road this month and will be bringing glitter and glamour to cities across the UK, starting in Birmingham.

The show will then travel to Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, Nottingham and London for 33 shows.


The 2021 series of the hit BBC show saw more diversity and representation than ever, with the contestants having a great impact on the lives of viewers.

Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite joined pro Johannes Radebe for the show’s first male-male pairing, with the two finishing as runners up.

Their partnerships lead to increased interest in same-sex dancing.

Rose – who said she wanted to appear on the show to raise awareness for the Deaf community – also sparked a huge surge in people applying to learn sign language.

According to language learning site Preply, the demand for learning sign language increased by 100% over the series.

After Rose and Giovanni stood with raised jazz hands after each performance on the series, their fellow celebs and pros started to do the same, sparking a 750% increase in the search demand for ‘sign language for clapping.’

Fans will also remember how the couple said thank you in sign language to the public and judges, which led to a 267% increase in the number of searches for ‘how to say thank you in sign language’ in the UK.

Italian Giovanni is due to head out on his own tour later this year, and the dancer recently shared that he too will have BSL interpreters at three of his performances.

Rose and Giovanni and John and Johannes reunite this week to start rehearsals for the tour, joining semi finalist Rhys Stephenson, Tilly Ramsay, Sara Davies, Max George and Maisie Smith, who was brought in last week to replace AJ Odudu after she had to pull out of the tour due to her foot injury.

The tour kicks off on January 20 at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena.


Credit: Original article published here.

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