KAREN CLIFTON

Biography: Venezuelan Karen moved to New York at the age of eight where she took up dancing. She studied at the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and decided not to attend college in order to become a competitive ballroom dancer. As well as finishing in the top 20 of the US television series So You Think You Can Dance, she was the World Mambo Champion in 2008 and Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion in 2009. She has recently starred as a principal dancer in the stage show Burn The Floor. Karen joined Strictly Come Dancing in series ten finishing sixth with singer Nicky Byrne.
Speciality: Mambo/Ballroom
Achievements:
  • World Mambo Champion (2008)
  • Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion (2009)
  • Official Websites: Follow Karen on twitter @karen_hauer

    strictly come dancing history

    Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
    10 Nicky Byrne 10 6th Samba and American Smooth fusion
    11 Dave Myers 7 10th Tango
    12 Mark Wright Final 4th Cha cha cha, Show dance
    13 Jeremy Vine 8 9th Quickstep
    14 Will Young 3 13th* Salsa
    15 Simon Rimmer 6 11th American Smooth

    * celebrity partner retired from competition

    CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

    Karen has competed in one Christmas Special, dancing with Ainsley Harriot in 2016, and will return for the 2017 Christmas Special, reuniting with series 13 partner, Jeremy Vine