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Strictly's Ellie Simmonds explains how Nikita is adapting dances for her dwarfism

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BBC dancing show with achondroplasia, which is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. Celebs and pros are usually paired together based largely on height, though Ellie and Nikita will have an immediate challenge on their hands due to their difference in stature - Ellie's 4ft to Nikita's 5'9.

Speaking to the Mirror ahead of her debut on the dance floor, Ellie said: "I did a little pairing list - I got some but I didn't get other ones.

I thought it would be either Nikita or Gorka and I got Nikita, which I'm so happy with. "He's amazing and so lovely. We're just figuring out it out because he's never danced with a person of short stature before and I've never danced before.

It's all new - we said to each other, we're just going to figure it out and see how we can adapt it. "Continuing, Ellie said that she felt disability representation within the show was "so important" and was hoping to "do it for the dwarfism community". "Like Will [Bayley] and Rose [Ayling-Ellis] and Johnnie [Peacock] - disability representation is so important," she said. "To do it for the dwarfism community, for disability people. . .

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