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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!