Strictly star Oti Mabuse choreographs new dance trend to teach people CPR

A new educational dance routine teaching people how to perform CPR is sweeping the internet – choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, Oti Mabuse.

The South African dancer shared the dance sequence with her 325,000 TikTok followers, showing the top five key steps to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Performed to Olly Murs' hit track, “Heart Skips A Beat”, the 30-second routine sees two-time Strictly Come Dancing winner Oti miming first how to check for danger, and then for breathing.

The third step is to call 999 for help, before finding a defibrillator, and finally carrying out chest compressions, with her hands interlocked, at two beats per second.

The dance pro partnered with Resuscitation Council UK to record the important dance routine.

The star told her fans: “I've done the #ResusCPRChallenge to raise awareness about cardiac arrest.

“Did you know three-quarters of British adults know CPR – but less than half feel confident performing it?

“In five simple steps, you can learn how to save a life. I challenge my sister @motsimabusetanzschule and the beautiful @thisisdavinamccall to take part and do the dance.”

Other celebrity stars, including ITV’s The Masked Dancer presenter Davina McCall, and Oti’s sister, Motsi Mabuse, have been urged to film their own version of the dance to raise awareness about the importance of CPR.

And also participating in the new trend is TV presenter and actor Karim Zeroual, who has filmed his own version of the dance.

TikTokers have been encouraged to record their own version of Oti’s dance and share on their social media platforms – as figures show almost three-quarters have been told how to perform the life-saving skill, but less than half of those (44%) feel confident administering it.

Esther Kuku, director of communications at Resuscitation Council UK, said: “Having Oti on board to choreograph such a creative and engaging dance will help raise awareness of CPR, and highlight just how easy it is to learn.

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“The more people who know how to perform this life-saving skill, the more chance people have of surviving a cardiac arrest – which can happen to anyone at anytime, so everyone needs to know that their two hands could save a life.”

The dance was recorded after the charity conducted research, via OnePoll, which found that just two in five adults (41%) knew where to find a defibrillator.

And worryingly, less than a third (29%) know how to use a defibrillator on someone in cardiac arrest.

Almost a quarter (23%) said they would leave a person in cardiac arrest to phone an ambulance – something which is strongly advised against by Resuscitation Council UK.

Esther Kuku added: “While it’s encouraging that almost three-quarters of adults say they know how to perform CPR, there is always room to learn and develop these skills, particularly for those who may not have brushed up on it for some time.

“We believe Oti’s video will go some way to ensure engagement and embed confidence in performing CPR.”

To learn more, visit @resuscouncilUK or resus.org.uk/oti.

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