The BBC’s The Greatest Dancer is here!
The hopeful dance contestants are ready to bust some moves and perfect their plies.
The Dance Captains – Cheryl, Matthew Morrison from Glee, and Strictly’s Oti Mabuse don’t have all the power in this show, though, as it’s up to the audience to decide who goes and who stays on to be mentored, potentially win £50,000 and perform on Strictly Come Dancing.
So, who is dance judge Oti Mabuse? Here’s everything you need to know…
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Oti Mabuse’s Career
The dancing pro studied civil engineering at university before she changed career course and went into professional ballroom dancing.
Oti has won the South African Latin American Championship eight times among many other titles.
Let’s Dance and Strictly Come Dancing
Oti is probably most recognised for being a professional on German dance show Let’s Dance and the U.K’s Strictly Come Dancing.
On Strictly Oti has been partnered with Anthony Ogogo, Danny Mac, Jonnie Peacock and Graeme Swann.
Now, she’s part of the 2019 trio of judges on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer.
Is Oti Married?
Yes! Oti is married to German dancer Marius Iepure.
Marius is 36 years old and was born in Romania.
He describes himself as “Dancer, Choreographer, Latin-American Champion” on his Instagram profile.
The pair tied the knot in 2014.
Oti’s full name is Otlile. She was born in Pretoria, South Africa.
She has two sisters, one of which is also a professional dancer.
Oti’s oldest sister, Motsi, has participated in the German dance show Let’s Dance both as a professional dancer and as a judge.
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How Old is Oti?
The dance extraordinaire was born on August 8th, 1990.
She is 28 years old and a Leo.
Oti specialises in Latin and Ballroom dancing and started dancing at just four years old.
Oti’s Instagram is full of dance clips, photos and enviable holiday snaps. She has 182,000 followers.
WATCH THE GREATEST DANCER FROM SATURDAY JANUARY 5TH AT 8 PM ON BBC ONE.