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The Strictly dream began in 2015 and I wish it would last forever. It’s non-stop fun, it’s pure passion—quite simply, it is dance. And how could I forget: to transform a ‘normal’ person into a ‘dancer’ is a unique experience! my journey
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The next step in my career is to be a Dance Captain and a coach, and the new BBC1 show The Greatest Dancer is the perfect opportunity for me to do just that. The journey is just beginning!
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In 2018, Oti kicked off a new project of her own which she called Shake it!. She held classes across the UK, in Glasgow, Basildon, Milton Keynes, and London. Would you like to join the next round of classes and learn how to shake it with Oti? Get in touch! Shake it
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Marius & Oti are available to teach in London, but also in many cities in Germany. Whether dancing is your hobby or you want to compete—we can turn you into a dancer or even a dancing champion (if that’s your dream)! Learn
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Oti Mabuse

Motivation, strength through perseverance

Born in Pretoria in 1990, Oti Mabuse is the youngest daughter of a lawyer and a teacher. She started to dance when she was 4, and since then she has been dancing and competing—becoming South African Champion 8 times and representing South Africa at the World Championships.
In 2012 she left Pretoria for Nuremberg, Germany, where she found her dance partner Marius. Together they competed for Germany. And they were successful at it, becoming Professional German Champions in Showdance Latin, vice German Latin Champions, vice European Champions in Showdance Latin & Third in the World Championships. In 2014 and 2015, Oti’s TV career began as she became a pro dancer on Let’s Dance (RTL Television), which is the German version of Strictly.
The Strictly journey started in August 2015. In 2018 she travelled the UK on a 60-date tour called An Audience With together with the amazing Ian Waite and her husband Marius.
Oti‘s dream is to lead a beautiful dance school where she can share her love for dancing.

Marius Iepure

The trainer of champions

Marius Iepure was born in Satu Mare, Romania, in north-west Transylvania. He started to dance quite late, when he was 12 years old. In his early years he was more into football, which he enjoyed with his two siblings.
In 2001, at the age of 19, he left his home country and moved to Germany to follow his dream of becoming a great dancer. In 2014 and 2015 he starred in Let‘s Dance, the German version of Strictly, as a professional dancer. As a coach, his students have won prizes on TV shows such as Got to Dance and in several German Championships in Latin American dance. He is a successful dancer as well as an established trainer and coach.
In 2018, he performed on the BBC UK Strictly Live Tour as a professional dancer having previously danced on the Blackpool special and in An Audience With Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse as a professional dancer and choreographer.
Marius spends his life now between teaching in Germany and living and working in the UK. His dream is to coach dance champions!
  1. Let’s Dance

    Germany, 2013

    In the 2013 season of Let’s Dance (the German version of Strictly), Marius starred on the show for the first time and had an unforgettable experience. His partner was the singer Cindy Berger, a German folk music star.

  2. Let’s Dance

    Germany, 2014

    2014 was the year when Oti & Marius performed together on Lets Dance in Germany. Oti danced with the music star Daniel K. (RIP), and Marius was coupled with Cathy Fischer, the 2013 German football team’s WAG of the Year and wife of the football player Mats Hummels. Marius didn’t go far in the competition with his partner. Oti reached the quarter-finals in her first year of dancing on the show and impressed the German audience.

  3. Let’s Dance & Strictly

    Germany & UK, 2015

    This was the year when Oti worked on Let’s Dance (from March until June in Germany) and Strictly Come Dancing (from August until December in the UK). It was a hectic time but also amazing. She danced with the actor and TV presenter Nils Ruf (in Germany) and with the boxer (Anthony Ogogo) in the UK. She is the first South African dancer to appear on Strictly.

  4. Strictly Come Dancing

    UK, 2016

    Oti danced with the amazing Dany Mac and made it all the way to the grand final. One of the many highlights was the first score of 40 for the Samba in the history of Strictly and the most 10s in a single season. After finishing as runners-up on the main show they went on to win the BBC Live Arena Tour.

  5. Strictly Come Dancing

    UK, 2017

    Another year, another highlight: the first Paralympian to appear on Strictly was Jonnie Peacock and he was partnered with Oti. It was an honour and an inspiration to work with Jonnie and to embrace the challenge of changing the entire concept of the couple dance. This season gave a new meaning to the word ‘celebrity’ in Strictly and made this journey that bit more special.

  6. Strictly Come Dancing

    UK, 2018

    Oti made it all the way to week 10 with the England cricket legend Graeme Swann, who was dubbed “the Spirit Of Strictly” by the fans. Graeme and Oti showed the world how to transform a 100% non-dancer into an entertainer and a real dancer. The Tango was probably their best and most appreciated dance in this season, but it was with their carpool karaoke and hilarious Instagram stories that saw their great partnership on Strictly dance into the nation’s hearts.

  7. Strictly Come Dancing

    UK, 2019

    Oti’s 5th season on Strictly got off to a dramatic start, when her initial partner, Jamie Laing, hurt himself during the launch show. A few days later it became clear that he was unfit to take part, and so Oti was assigned a new partner, the actor Kelvin Fletcher.

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