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Oti Mabuse talks about her Rhythm of the Night show coming to Marine Hall in May

Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018

Oti Mabuse

We caught up with Strictly’s Oti Mabuse ahead of her upcoming tour with fellow professional dancer Ian Waite. Here’s what she had to say…

How are you feeling about your upcoming tour?

I’m really excited, it’s my very first tour and I can’t wait to get into a project that I believe in 100% that I will head jointly with Ian from beginning to the end. I want to become a choreographer or creative director and this will definitely be something towards my dream career.

You’ll be dancing with fellow Strictly Alumni, Ian Waite, how did the collaboration occur?

He contacted me early this year looking for a leading lady to join him on his Tour and I jumped at the opportunity.

How do you both work together to choreograph the show?

Ian is extremely talented and so funny he’s got a lot of knowledge and a personality on stage that you’re drawn to. I love having a good time, I work hard and love to be artistic and choreograph and the combination will be one to remember. A show full of laughs and art.

What can audiences expect from the show?

I love choreographing the audience can expect an intimate evening where they get to know both Ian and myself personally. They will share the love of dance that we have with amazing dancing and entertainment of course.

You started dancing at the age of 4, had you always dreamt of a career in ballroom dance?

Yes I always wanted to dance it’s the perfect job where you get to express yourself for a living.

Who or what has inspired your dance career?

My family have played a huge role in my life and my sister who is a world class dancer has always been my inspiration.  

What is the biggest challenge in terms of pursuing a career as a dancer?

The availability of work, we are very blessed and lucky to be able to make a living.

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers and choreographers?

Stay focused and relax, great things take time!

An Audience with Oti Mabuse and Ian Waite is at Marine Hall on Wednesday 16th May 2018. Tickets are out now and are £27 or £25.50 for under 18s and senior citizens. You can also upgrade your ticket for a pre-show experience with Ian and Oti, which includes a meet and greet, photos and autographs, priced at £20.

To book call Marine Hall on 01253 887693 or book online here.