Talking Theatre: Strictly Star Oti Mabuse Discusses Rhythm Of The Night Tour

Strictly Come Dancing dance professionals Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse will treat dance fans to an extravaganza of high intensity Latin and Ballroom favourites when their new show Rhythm of the Night comes to Newport this Summer.

During the evening, dance enthusiasts will be transported away to a place packed with wonderful moments, with both fun-filled, fleet-footed entertainment and a chance to learn more about Ian and Oti and their lives.  Oti recently answered questions regarding the tour.

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 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 your 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

Oti Mabuse and Ian Waite will bring their Rhythm of The Night show to Newport RiverfrontOti Mabuse and Ian Waite will bring their Rhythm of The Night show to Newport Riverfront

Oti Mabuse and Ian Waite will bring their Rhythm of The Night show to Newport Riverfront

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 Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse – Rhythm of the Night will be at The Riverfront, Newport on Friday May 25 at 7.30pm.