She conquered Strictly while still living in a bedsit. Now the dancing multi-linguist and trained engineer is making the leap into musicals – where she’s planning to ‘go crazy’Glamour is often an illusion. When Oti Mabuse relocated to London in 2015 to work on Strictly Come Dancing, she moved into a bedsit. “Not even a one-bedroom flat,” she says. “It was like a little single bed with a mini fridge and half a cupboard and everybody sharing the same shower.” But come Saturday night, there she’d be at the centre of TV’s glammest show, doused in sequins, shimmering across the dancefloor, queen of everything – then it was back to that tiny bedroom to choreograph the next week’s routines, like Cinderella doing the cha-cha-cha.Mabuse, the champion Latin dancer from South Africa, won over Strictly audiences with her effusive warmth and whip-cracking coaching style. She pulled off the same trick on The Greatest Dancer, the talent show that reached its climax last month when one of Mabuse’s acts, 14-year-old Ellie Ferguson, was crowned the winner. Continue reading…

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