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

In 2009, as Karen Hauer she auditioned for season 6 of the US reality show So You Think You Can Dance.[2]

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.

1Kevin HunteCha-Cha"Push It"—Glee CastTony Meredith and Melanie LaPatinSafe
2Kevin HunteHip-Hop"Ice Cream Paint Job"—DorroughTabitha and Napoleon D'umoSafe
3Kevin HunteHustle"Come To Me"—France JoliMaria TorresBottom 3
4Kevin HunteBroadway"If My Friends Could See Me Now"—Christina ApplegateSpencer LiftBottom 3
5Victor SmalleyTango"Montserrat"—Orquesta del PlataTony Meredith and Melanie LaPatinEliminated
5Victor SmalleyHip-Hop"Moving Mountains"—UsherLaurie Ann GibsonEliminated

Strictly Come Dancing

As Karen Hauer, she joined Strictly Come Dancing for series 10 partnering Nicky Byrne.[3] They made it to 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 were voted out in week 13, coming in 4th place. In series 13, she was paired up with BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.

Series 10: with celebrity partner Nicky Byrne

Series 11: with celebrity partner Dave Myers

Series 12: with celebrity partner Mark Wright

Series 13: with celebrity partner Jeremy Vine

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

Karen will feature on the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing tour as part of the group dances, alongside her husband Kevin Clifton, who will partner his 2014 celebrity Frankie Bridge