"At first we were concerned I'd be off on the timing, but [my partner Peta Murgatroyd] uses non-verbal cues – like a tap on the back or change in her facial expression – to help me figure it out," DiMarco, 26, says in the current issue of PEOPLE. "I can't hear, but I understand the music through Peta's movement. It's like music to my eyes."
"His senses of sight and touch are heightened to a degree that most of us will never really understand," Burgess told PEOPLE Monday night. "In the entire dance we only had to have two cues. For the rest of the routine, he could just feel where my body was moving. He could sense my timing around him. It was incredible to watch his internal timing."
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For more from DiMarco – including how he really feels about his shirtless performances – pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.