Nyle DiMarco Gets Apology From Speech Teacher After “Dancing With The Stars” Premiere (VIDEO)
Nyle DiMarco received an apology from his speech teacher following his impressive debut on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” season premiere.
DiMarco, who is best known for winning “America’s Next Top Model” last year, is the second deaf contestant to compete in the ABC ballroom competition. He follows in the footsteps of former contestant Marlee Matlin, and is partnered with season 14 winner Peta Murgatroyd. Though DiMarco is only able to communicate with the pro through sign language and non-verbal signals, he excelled on the first episode of season 22.
And that led his former teacher to reach out. The instructor wrote to DiMarco’s parents, who are also deaf:
“I just want to tell you that your son Nyle was amazing last night on Dancing with the Stars!!! I am in awe of him. I owe him an apology. I suggested he try hearing aids, I guess I will always be a speech teacher… Lol But he showed me I am so wrong, he did his dancing without any difficulty. He has become a role model for every deaf person. He showed they CAN!!!! Congratulations, I have a good feeling that he can win the Mirror Ball. You must be bursting with [pride] and joy!!!”
DiMarco shared a screengrab of the text message on Twitter, noting, “Touching msg from my speech teacher when I was five. No wrong or right. It’s important to teach ASL& English equally.” The model and actor, who obviously cannot hear the “Dancing with the Stars” music, primarily relies on sign language, but is also adept at lip reading.
As Gossip Cop reported, DiMarco and Murgatroyd performed a cha cha routine for their first dance, receiving praise from the judges and a high score of 23. They tied for first place on the leaderboard with Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy and Wayna Morris & Lindsay Arnold. In case you missed it, check out the video below.