Updated: Dec 16, 2021
Scarlet Davies made a surprise television appearance on BBC One News last night.
With the success of the first deaf Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Rose Ayling – Ellis, the BBC were keen to hear from other hearing-impaired dancers to see how they have been inspired by the young actress.
Scarlet, a BBC Young Reporter at Leventhorpe, was delighted to join BBC East to share her passion for dance, and to discuss her hearing condition.
Scarlet was diagnosed with Bilateral Microtia when she was born. She does not have an outer ear and uses bone-anchored hearing aids in both ears. However, this did not prevent Scarlet from discovering her natural talent for dance in the first Covid-19 Lockdown.
Scarlet tells the BBC, “You can be yourself with your disability, and you don’t have to be a certain way”. Indeed, Scarlet has not allowed her hearing condition to define her; she performs regularly with KBD dance school in Bishops Stortford. The owner, Katie Barker-Dale, is a former pupil of Leventhorpe School, and an advocate for allowing music to be an expression of your personality.
Scarlet is also a Young People’s Forum member for Great Ormond Street. Great Ormond Street conducts the life-changing, pioneering procedure to fit bone-anchored hearing aids, which Scarlet received when she was just five years old.
Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis, is an inspiration and role model for the young, deaf community. Her enthusiasm for dance and her endless energy shows everyone that deaf people can do anything - The Glitter Ball Trophy is just the beginning!
…. “Keep Dancing!”