Marlee Matlin Ready to Go Dancing With the Stars
"So much will depend on me being in synch with my partner with my eyes, with my arms, with my legs," the 42-year-old Oscar winner told People. "Plus â¦ sign language has given me a an internal metronome."
This innate rhythm - along with two powerful hearing aids - will assist Matlin in her quest for a Dancing title. Her pro partner will also help a lot.
"My partner, Fabian Sanchez, is Latin. And as any one can tell you, Latins speak with their hands, their bodies. He's great," she said. "We use a combination of lip reading (he's easy to follow even if he has a slight accent), signing (the first sign he learned was "again" â" he uses it a lot) and an interpreter."
So, does the deaf actress has any history with the mambo? Or the paso doble?
"I've had no formal dance training. Though I did a little dance in Children Of A Lesser God, that was improvised," Matlin said. "But I figure that I'm ready in that I communicate with my body when I sign and dance is a lot like that. â¦ Right now I'm not terrified of Latin dances; I've got a Latin partner and he's a Mambo champion! I've already begun the Cha Cha and I love it!"