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Strictly final 2021: Deaf charities praise Rose Ayling-Ellis for landmark win

Rose Ayling-Ellis’s Strictly win is a landmark for the deaf community (Picture: BBC)

Rose Ayling-Ellis’s landmark win on Strictly Come Dancing 2021 has been praised by Deaf charity RNID.

The actress made history as the first Deaf winner of the dancing competition after impressing the judges with her amazing musicality despite not being able to hear the music.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive of RNID, said of the history-making win: ‘Tonight, Rose hasn’t just won the UK’s biggest TV dance competition, she’s also captured the hearts of a nation.

‘Rose made history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant, and throughout the last 13 weeks she’s given millions of viewers an insight into her world, and amazed the judges with her outstanding dancing.’

Rose had broken the record for the earliest perfect score of 40 out of 40 on the competition, and wowed fans with her couple’s choice routine with partner Giovanni Pernice, in which they incorporated a section where the music cut out entirely to show what it was like for her performing every week.

Mark added: ‘Rose has given the public a beautiful insight into the deaf community and deaf culture, and she has raised awareness of the barriers deaf people and people with hearing loss face, and what we can all do to make a difference.

‘Her victory isn’t just a personal achievement, but also a victory for the deaf community. She has shown that deaf people can do anything, if society addresses those barriers and provides the right access and support.

‘Giovanni has been a perfect example of this, working with Rose and adapting his teaching style to help her succeed.’

Rose’s amazing musicality despite not being able to hear the music impressed judges and viewers alike (Picture: BBC)

The pair had built up a firm friendship over the course of the competition, with Giovanni expertly adapting his teaching style to make dance accessible to Rose, who in turn wowed with every performance.

Annie Harris, who is RNID’s advocacy officer and is also profoundly deaf, added: ‘Tonight, Rose has shown the world that deaf people are capable of anything. The deaf community are so proud of her – this is a landmark event that will go down in history.

‘I believe her success will make a monumental difference to deaf people and people with hearing loss, changing negative attitudes and breaking down barriers in the workplace, in hospitals and in public spaces.

‘Rose and Giovanni are such worthy winners – I’m thrilled for them both and I believe Rose will continue to inspire us all even after she hangs her dancing shoes up.’

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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