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Nyle DiMarco, ’13, chosen as one of 12 celebrity contestants for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars

March 9, 2016
By Phil Dignan


Nyle DiMarco, ’13, winner of Cycle 22 of the CW network’s competition television show America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), will give his dancing shoes a go as he and 11 other celebrities were officially announced to be contestants for Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS).

The DWTS Cast Reveal for Season 22 aired on ABC’s Good Morning America at its Times Square studio in New York City on Tuesday, March 8. DWTS will begin airing on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC-affiliated stations nationwide.  

Relatively unknown outside of the Gallaudet community prior to the start of ANTM, DiMarco captivated America with his down-to-earth demeanor and his advocacy for the deaf community. DiMarco now shines as a star on equal footing with DWTS contestants such as Von Miller (Denver Broncos defensive player and Super Bowl MVP), Geraldo Rivera (Emmy-award winning journalist), Paige Vanzant (Ultimate Fighting Championship Strawweight), and Marla Maples (Broadway professional and ex-wife of Donald Trump).  

DiMarco is partnered with dancing professional Peta Murgatroyd, who has been on DWTS since Season 13, having won the competition with NFL player Donald Driver in Season 14 and partnering with comedian and actor Tommy Chong last season. When asked by GMA Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on the challenge of working with DWTS’s “first fully deaf contestant,” Murgatroyd shared her excitement in working with DiMarco.  

“It’s all visual and it’s more of a challenges for me this season, but it’s a great one and I love working with him. He’s such a great student and we’re hitting it off. We’re doing our moves great, and it’s going to be an amazing season,” said Murgatroyd.  

Follow and support DiMarco on Twitter @NyleDiMarco and on Instagram at

9 March 2016
By Phil Dignan


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