Karen Hauer's Biography
Who is Karen Clifton?Karen Clifton (nee Hauer) originally comes from Valencia in Venezuela, but moved to New York when she was eight.
She attended LaGuardia HS of the Performing Arts.
Since 2009, she toured as a principal dancer in the show Burn The Floor.
Karen Clifton has danced in competitions with her former husband Matt, but latterly she danced with her second husband, Kevin Clifton, who joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.
Her ballroom dancing accolades include being World Mambo Champion in 2008 and Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion in 2009.
Karen Clifton has also featured in the top 12 of So You Think You Can Dance in the USA.
In June 2012, the BBC revealed that Karen Hauer, as she then was, aged 30, was to take over the professional dancer spot vacated by Katya Virshilas on Strictly Come Dancing. Karen was partnered with Nicky Byrne. They were the ninth couple to be eliminated.
In 2013, Karen Clifton was partnered by Dave Myers in Strictly Come Dancing. Dave and Karen were the sixth pair to be voted off.
In 2014, Karen Clifton was paired with Mark Wright in Strictly Come Dancing. They got to the final but finished fourth.
In 2015, she was partnered with Jeremy Vine. They were the seventh couple to be voted off.
In 2016, she was paired with Will Young.
In May 2017, she and her husband were scheduled to start a tour entitled Kevin and Karen Dance.
In Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Karen Clifton was paired with Simon Rimmer.
They were the fifth couple to be eliminated.
In 2018, Karen and Kevin Clifton announced they were breaking up, however they would continue their professional partnership.
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