Oti Mabuse

Oti Mabuse

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Updated On January 31, 2022

Oti Mabuse is a popular South African professional Latin American and ballroom dancer. Oti Mabuse is famous as a professional dancer on the British television series, Strictly Come Dancing, and its German equivalent, Let’s Dance. professional dancer on the British television series, Strictly Come Dancing, and its German equivalent, Let’s Dance. She was a judge on The Greatest Dancer.

Early Life and Education

Oti Mabuse was born on 8 August 1990 in Pretoria, South Africa. As of the year 2020, she is currently 30 years old. She has an elder sister named Motsi Mabuse. Her sister is also a professional ballroom dancer. In addition, Motsi participated in the German series Let’s Dance both as a professional dancer and as a judge. Her nationality is South African. She comes from black ancestry. Regarding her education, she studied civil engineering at university. But she abandoned her studies to pursue her career in dance.


In 2015, Oti appeared as a professional dancer on the eighth season of Let’s Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing. Daniel Küblböck was her partner and they finished in sixth place. After a year, in 2016, she returned as a professional dancer for the ninth season of Let’s Dance. A television presenter. Niels Ruf was her partner. But in week 2 they became eliminated and reached 14th place. In 2015, she appeared as a professional on the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing. She partnered with Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo. Later, the couple finished in 14th place and became eliminated in week 3.

The same year, she also participated in the Children in Need and Christmas specials of the show. In the show, she was partnered with actors Jack Ashton and Tom Chambers respectively. In 2016, she was partnered with former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac for the show’s 14th series. The couple reached the final and finished as runners-up. For the show’s 15th series in 2017, she was partnered with Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock, they were eliminated in Week 9 in 8th place. She paired with England cricketer Graeme Swann for the show’s 16th series. They became eliminated in Week 10 in 7th place.

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Caption: Oti Mabuse dancing with Matthew Morrison. (Source: Instagram)


For her fifth stint on the show, in 2019, she was partnered by former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher. He replaced her originally announced partner, Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing. But her partner had to withdraw from the show after sustaining a foot injury when dancing on the launch show. Because of it, Kelvin Fletcher replaced Laing, just before the start of the live shows. They went on to become the winners of the series.  Later, she took part in the national Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour in 2017 with her celebrity partner Danny Mac. They were voted by the audience as the winners of more individual shows than any other couple.

In August 2017, she and Ian Waite announced a 60-date 2018 UK tour An Audience With. She was a contestant on an episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars in 2017. Similarly, she announced in October 2019, that she would be teaching at Donahey’s Dancing with The Stars Weekends in 2019. In 2019, she became a judge on The Greatest Dancer, alongside Cheryl, Todrick Hall & Matthew Morrison. That year, she was a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef 2019. Likewise, in 2020, she became a new host of Boogie Beebies.

Awards and Net worth

Oti with her mesmerizing dance, won the South African Latin American Championship eight times. After that, she moved to Germany to broaden her dancing horizons. In 2014, she won third place in World Cup Freestyle Latin and second place European Championship Latin. She also won first place in German Championship PD Freestyle Latin. From her successful career, she has surely made a good amount of money but her exact net worth is not available. As a choreographer for Strictly Come Dancing, her estimated salary is to be over $200k per annum.

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Caption: Oti Mabuse holding winning-award with Kelvin Fletcher. (Source: Instagram)


In 2016, she married a Romanian dancer, Marius Lepure. They first met during a dance trial in Germany. Moreover, they have worked together on Strictly Come Dancing and also competed together in different dance shows. They won the German National Show Dance Championships together and were the first runner up of the World Latin Championship.

Both of them are professional dancers and Marius even performed on the BBC One dancing competition in the group numbers in 2017. In 2014, Marius proposed to her and after two years of engagement, they tied their wedding knots. Oti posts a lot of pictures with her husband on her social media accounts. On January 2020, she and Marius went on a romantic trip to Italy. The couple is happily married and living a comfortable life together.


STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse has been left ‘devastated’ after a 3 am hotel nightcap with her dance partner Kelvin Fletcher. There has been several claims that there is a kind of romantic relationship going on between her and Kelvin which both parties have strictly denied. Last year, Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and professional dancer fought off the competition and even were the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

But since the competition, there have been a number of rumors that the two have been involved romantically. According to a BBC source ,” she is a massive asset for the show but at the moment she is very unhappy and upset at all the reports and is left to say ‘do I really need all this BS?.’ Well, she is a married woman and also respects Kelvin’s wife so she would not ever carry it this way. They even said that they are dance partners and good friends and that’s it.

Body Measurements and Social Media

Oti has beautiful black eyes and black hair. She stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) and she weighs about 57 kg. Her body measurements are 36-24-36 inches. Also, she is very active on social media accounts.

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Caption: Oti Mabuse posing for a picture. (Source: Instagram)

Her Instagram account (@otimabuse) has 442k followers and 133.1k people follow her on her Twitter account (@OtiMabuse). On her Facebook page (@OtiMabuse), there are 200k followers. Moreover, she also has her own YouTube channel (Oti Mabuse Official), which has 43.6k subscribers.

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