Olu Olu has been dancing Salsa for over 20 years but prior to that he was loosely involved with the UK Freestyle Jazz dance scene especially in London and Leeds. His salsa dancing started in one of the premier regular salsa nights in Leeds, the now-defunct Casa Latina which also happened to attract the jazz dancers of the day who viewed salsa music as Latin Jazz.
Olu Olu’s preferred salsa style these days is NY Style On 2 but he is equally comfortable On 1 or with the Cuban Style. His main influences and inspiration not only include Eddie Torres, Frankie Martinez and Santo Rico but also Susana Montero and Super Mario of London, UK.
Olu Olu also taught salsa for over 10 years having started with the Latin Quarter Dance Company in Leeds under the tutelage of Nicolai V and Alan. He has also performed with the Latin Quarter around the UK. He has taught for Manhattan Mambo in London, one of the pioneer On 2 teaching outfits in London.
Olu Olu has been a regular teacher at Mambocity 5 Star Congress in London since its inception but he has also given workshops in Leeds, London, Copenhagen, Shanghai and Qingdao in China. His dance style is best described as smooth and jazzy.
He has appeared as a dance extra for numerous UK Television dramas that feature salsa, most notably Fat Friends.
More recently Olu Olu has been concentrating on his other hobby, photography. He has been taking pictures practically all his life and has been dancing for almost equally as long so combining his passion for travel, dancing and photography he can be seen at many of the dance festivals around Europe capturing memories from the dancers’ point of view with a keen eye for detail and an unusual perspective of the world at large. He has featured as an official photographer at many festivals and congresses: check out his photo page Olu Olu Snap Snap [https://www.facebook.com/OhMyLeftEye/] on Facebook.
Olu Olu is a self-confessed social media addict and he can be found across many platforms either blogging (www.jazzmangoesmambo.wordpress.com), sharing his photography on Instagram (@oak4jazz) or musing on Twitter (@oak4jazz).
Olu Olu is the creator and host of the online virtual Coffee Lounge on Facebook where dancers from the SBK from around the world discuss a variety of social topics affecting the Afro-Latin dance community. The Olu Olu Coffee Lounge started in 2013 and has covered over 100 topics including “Too many shows?’, What makes a good Lead?’, ‘Personal Hygiene’, but to name a few. The discussions are often lively, humorous and informative. The discuss is moderated by Olu Olu to ensure everyone opinion is heard, and that the discussion remains courteous. As a result of the popularity of the online Coffee Lounge, Olu Olu has hosted live offline Coffee Lounge at various festivals including Berlin Salsa Congress, Croatia Summer Salsa Festival, Mambocity 5 Sar Congress (London) and Vienna Salsa Congress. This year will see the first Olu Olu Coffee Lounge in Asia at the Colada Festival in Bangkok. Come join the discuss.
Olu Olu is also a founding and acting member of Zero Tolerance which aiming to fight Sexual Abuse in the SBK dance scene and ensure any survivors get the best support.