Deaf supermodel turned dancer Nyle DiMarco, and his Dancing With The Stars partner Peta Murgatroyd, reveal their secret for learning the complicated dances on the show.
To account for not being able to pick up on movement cues denoted by the music, DiMarco relies on “hand signals and cues,” Murgatroyd said during a segment on Good Morning America.
“Sometimes I tap his back. That’s to count him in the 5-6-7-8. I have the squeeze. I go like this when I want to be brought back for the rumba. The good old scratch on the back…that means turn around.”
Murgatroyd continued, “We do it hundreds and hundreds of times, so he gets to feel how long to hold something, how quickly to move through something. He’s showing America that anybody can dance…what could be more inspirational than that?”
Along with the hand signals, DiMarco also employs an interpreter, who is with him every step of the way.
Check out the full segment below!