Strictly champion Oti Mabuse admits secret as she gives dancing lesson for Sheffield school

Despite her busy schedule, twice reigning champion of Strictly Come Dancing Oti Mabuse found the time to host an exclusive masterclass for a Sheffield theatre school recently.
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Razzamataz Sheffield said the dancing queen spent over an hour with more than 100 students and staff from the school in a virtual studio, straight from her own living room.

Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield, Helen Bell, who arranged the special experience said she reached out to Oti during the first lockdown last year.

Oti Mabuse hosted a one-hour class for a Sheffield theatre school,  Razzamataz Sheffield.Oti Mabuse hosted a one-hour class for a Sheffield theatre school,  Razzamataz Sheffield.
Oti Mabuse hosted a one-hour class for a Sheffield theatre school, Razzamataz Sheffield.
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"We find her really inspiring in all she does, and all loved joining her for Instagram Dance sessions during Lockdown 1.0. I was pleased when we were able to plan a masterclass for our students."

Oti, who has hundreds of thousands of fans on social media, taught a fast, fun Charleston Routine in her own style.

During the class, she said: "If your heart beat does not feel like it's running out your're not doing it right! I look like I've just run a marathon."

Helen added: "It was lovely as we found out a little more about her life away from Strictly as she is so busy and has lots of other things going on too.

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"She even let us into a secret, she said she much prefers ten people and a camera because theatre really scares her.

"She also shared her experience as a dancer, working onstage and behind the screen. She told us it brings her so much joy to dance and it was wonderful to see all our Razzamataz students smiling and nodding in agreement with her.

"The students' enthusiasm and positivity shone through, even via a screen.

Masterclass with Oti Mabuse in session.Masterclass with Oti Mabuse in session.
Masterclass with Oti Mabuse in session.

"Their resilience and hard work through the various lockdowns have been so inspiring and we were delighted to be able to give them this special treat that we know they will remember for a very long time."

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As well as all the live lessons, Razzamataz Sheffield has been running a number of masterclasses for students during the lockdowns and lots of fun social media activities to keep their spirits up.

Razzamataz is following all Government guidelines and gearing up for face-to-face opening when it is safe to do so.

To find out more and book a free taster session, contact Razzamataz Sheffield on 07979 189177 or email [email protected].

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