Karen Clifton

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Karen Clifton
Born (1982-04-20) 20 April 1982 (age 35)
Valencia, Venezuela
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Dancer, choreographer
Years active 2009–present
Home town Queens, NYC U.S.
Television So You Think You Can Dance
Strictly Come Dancing
Spouse(s) Matthew Hauer (divorced)
Kevin Clifton (m. 2015)

Karen Clifton (formerly Hauer; born 20 April 1982) is a Venezuelan professional Latin dance specialist and World Mambo Champion known for her appearances on the British TV series Strictly Come Dancing and the American TV series So You Think You Can Dance. She has also featured on Burn the Floor.

She participated in season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance and subsequently joined Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer.

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

In 2009, as Karen Hauer she auditioned for season 6 of the US reality show So You Think You Can Dance.[1]

Season 6

She originally auditioned with her husband at the time, Matthew Hauer, but Matthew was eliminated during Vegas week and Karen moved on to the top 20.

Week Partner Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
1 Kevin Hunte Cha-Cha "Push It"—Glee Cast Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin Safe
2 Kevin Hunte Hip-Hop "Ice Cream Paint Job"—Dorrough Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo Safe
3 Kevin Hunte Hustle "Come To Me"—France Joli Maria Torres Bottom 3
4 Kevin Hunte Broadway "If My Friends Could See Me Now"—Christina Applegate Spencer Liff Bottom 3
5 Victor Smalley Tango "Montserrat"—Orquesta del Plata Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin Eliminated
5 Victor Smalley Hip-Hop "Moving Mountains"—Usher Laurie Ann Gibson Eliminated

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

As Karen Hauer, she joined Strictly Come Dancing for series 10 partnering Nicky Byrne.[2] They reached week 10, the quarter-finals, before losing a dance-off to Denise van Outen and her partner James Jordan. Hauer returned for series 11 to partner Dave Myers, and they were voted out of the competition on 10 November, in week 7. In series 12, she was partnered by Mark Wright, and they made it to the final, coming in 4th place. In series 13, she was paired with the BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine; they were eliminated in Week 8. For the 14th series she was paired with the singer Will Young who withdrew from the competition after the third week. In 2016, she won the Strictly Come Dancing Children in Need Special with the taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad. She will dance with the celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot for the 2016 Christmas special.

Series Partner Place
10 Nicky Byrne 6th
11 Dave Myers 10th
12 Mark Wright 4th
13 Jeremy Vine 9th
14 Will Young 13th
15 Simon Rimmer TBA

Series 10: with celebrity partner Nicky Byrne[edit]

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "I Wonder Why" 2 5 5 5 17 No elimination
2 Cha Cha Cha / "Dynamite" 4 5 4 5 18 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Hey Pachuco" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
4 Tango / "Weird Science" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
5 Rumba / "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" 4 7 7 7 25 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "The Best Is Yet to Come" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
7 Jive / "Jailhouse Rock" 6 8 8 8 30 Bottom two
8 Charleston / "Doop" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
9 Argentine Tango / "Skyfall" 7 8 7 8 30 Bottom two
10 American Smooth
Samba / "Troublemaker"
5 7 8 7 27 Eliminated

Series 11: with celebrity partner Dave Myers[edit]

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha Cha / "Moves Like Jagger" 2 5 5 4 No elimination
2 American Smooth / "How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" 3 5 5 4 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" 2 5 5 4 Safe
4 Waltz / "Take It to the Limit" 5 6 6 6 Safe
5 Salsa / "Cuban Pete" 3 5 5 4 Safe
6 Jive / "Monster Mash" 4 5 6 4 Safe
7 Tango / "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 4 6 6 4 Eliminated

Series 12: with celebrity partner Mark Wright[edit]

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha Cha / "I'm Your Man" 5 7 6 6 No elimination
2 American Smooth / "I'm Yours 6 7 7 7 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "Superman Theme" 6 6 7 7 Safe
4 Quickstep / "Tiger Feet" 7 7 7 8 Bottom two
5 Samba / "That's the Way (I Like It)" 8 9 8 8 Safe
6 Jive / "Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)" 8 9 9 9 Safe
7 Waltz / "Weekend In New England" 7 8 8 8 Safe
8 Charleston / "We No Speak Americano" 9 9 9 9 Safe
9 Tango / "Love Runs Out" 8 8 8 8 Safe
10 Salsa / "Viva Las Vegas" 7 8 9 8 Bottom two
11 Foxtrot / "L-O-V-E" 8 9 9 9 Safe
12 Viennese Waltz / "I Got You Babe"
Rumba / "Fields of Gold"
8
9
8
8
9
8
8
8
Bottom two
13 Cha Cha Cha / "I'm Your Man"
Showdance / "Don't Stop Me Now"
8
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
Eliminated

Series 13: with celebrity partner Jeremy Vine[edit]

She partnered BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine, for the thirteenth series of the show, September to December 2015.

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha Cha Cha / "September" 2 6 6 5 No elimination
2 American Smooth / "Happy together 3 5 5 4 Safe
3 Charleston / "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" 3 7 7 7 Safe
4 Jive / "Splish Splash" 3 6 6 5 Safe
5 Waltz/ "She" 3 6 5 4 Safe
6 Salsa / "Thriller" 4 6 6 6 Safe
7 Tango / "Go West" 4 6 6 5 Safe
8 Quickstep / "Going Underground" 4 6 6 5 Eliminated

Karen featured in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing tour as part of the group dances, alongside her husband Kevin Clifton, who partnered his 2014 celebrity Frankie Bridge

Series 14: with celebrity partner Will Young[edit]

She partnered singer Will Young, for the fourteenth series of the show.

Week Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Tango / " Let's Dance" 8 8 7 7 No elimination
2 Jive / "Rock Around the Clock" 5 7 8 7 Safe
3 Salsa / "Jai Ho" 8 8 7 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Say Something" - - - - Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOX Broadcasting Company - So You Think You Can Dance on FOX". 
  2. ^ "Riley paired with Strictly hunk". Belfast Telegraph. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 

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