Kevin Clifton – Strictly Come Dancing Finalist 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016
are now established as one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular professional dancers.
Kevin made a spectacular debut in 2013 reaching the final with BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid. As one of the few British dancers on the TV show, Kevin was often referred to by the legendary Bruce Forsyth as “Kevin from Grimsby!”
Karen Clifton – Strictly Come Dancing Finalist 2014
As a multi-talented Mambo champion, Karen joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 and really stepped up to the challenge partnering Westlife heart throb Nicky Byrne. In 2013 Karen danced with “Hairy Biker” Dave Myers, reaching week seven.
This year Kevin was thrilled to be partnering singer & TV presenter Lousie Redknapp all the way to the Grand Final. Togeteher they have dazzled with amazing choreography including their stunning Argentine Tango on week 7 which earned them both 3 10’s!
This year Karen partnered singing sensation Will Young, sadly Will left this year’s competition after week 3.
In November Karen lifted the Children In Need Strictly trophy with team GB olympian Lutalo Muhammad.
Karen is starring in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day Special.
Learn all about Kevin & Karen’s dancing achievements, view photos & videos, learn to dance with them plus all their latest news below.
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Why not join Kevin & Karen at one of our exclusive dance weekends? These fabulous stars will teach you how to dance, perform in a spectacular dance showcase and give you all the juicy gossip in a Q&A session. Who better to teach you to dance than these exceptional dancers?
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Join Strictly Come Dancing Stars Karen & Kevin Clifton, Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Giovanni Pernice, plus British National & World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce
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Join Strictly Come Dancing Stars Karen & Kevin, Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Giovanni Pernice, pplus British National & World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce
Beaumont Estate Hotel
Join Strictly Come Dancing Stars Karen & Kevin Clifton, Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, plus US National Amateur Ballroom Champions Andres & Veronika End.
‘Is it me or do Donahey’s run the best dance weekends in the country….Kevin Clifton 2015
‘What an incredible event, we loved every second of it. So much on offer from all the Strictly couples & classes, we love being part of it. Kevin Clifton 2014
‘Superb night at Alton Towers. Thank you for letting Kevin and I be part of this fabulous event. Lots of love x’ Karen Hauer 2014
Kevin Clifton is former Youth World Number 1 and four times British Latin Champion, an amazing achievement for a youngster from Lincolnshire. He trained in ballroom and Latin from an early age, taught by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton.
As the son of Keith and Judy Clifton, of Cliftons Dance Academy it’s not surprising that Kevin followed in his parent’s footsteps as a professional dancer, having started dancing aged just four years old. His career went from strength to strength and he is now a British and International Ballroom Champion. Kevin’s sister Joanne Clifton is a current World Champion Ballroom dancer with her partner Paolo Bosco.
Kevin’s celebrity partner in 2016 is singer, TV presenter & model Lousie Redknapp. Louise is famously known for her part in girl band Eternal, and in 2014 voted the Sexiest Woman of the Decade by FHM readers.
On joining Strictly Louise said ‘So many embarrassing things could happen – I dread to think about it. I could fall down the stairs, I could rip my dress, I could forget the whole routine!
Kevin retired from competition to follow his dreams of dancing on stage and screen and this career change led him to meet professional partner Karen Hauer when they both appeared in stage sensation, “Burn The Floor”. As well as performing in “Burn The Floor”, Kevin’s star credentials include appearing in the stage adaptation of “Dirty Dancing” and being the British Latin American Champion.
Kevin previously worked on Strictly Come Dancing as an assistant choreographer and up until recently was a principal dancer in Burn the Floor in London’s West End along side his fiancée and dance partner Karen Hauer.
There’s no mistaking the sexual chemistry between two dancers when they are together in real life.
Kevin, the son of world champion dancers Keith and Judy Clifton, who run the popular Clifton’s Dance Academy in Grimsby, proposed to Karen during a performance of the sensational dance show Burn The Floor at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End in July ’13.
Kevin’s first series of Strictly Come Dancing saw him partner BBC Breakfast Presenter Susanna Reid all the way to the SCD Grand Final. Last year Kevin partnered Kellie Bright, Eastenders actress Kellie is best known as Linda Carter, landlady of the Queen Vic.
Learn more about Kevin’s dancing profile on his official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
Photos © BBC UK
Formerly known as Karen Hauer, having trained as a dancer and choreographer Karen Clifton has had an amazing career working with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Jennifer Lopez.
Karen’s 2016 celebrity partner was singing sensation Will Young. Will was the first ever winner of Pop Idol and since then has gone on to win two Brits and two Ivor Novellos. Will left the competition after week 3 due to personal reasons.
As a competitive dancer Karen has won so many awards she’s lost count! Some of her biggest achievements include World Mambo Champion in 2008 and Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion in 2009.
Originally from Venezuela, Karen met her professional partner Kevin whilst starring as the principal dancer in the hit Broadway show, “Burn The Floor”.
Karen was a new professional dancer on Strictly for 2012 and she wowed viewers and judges with celebrity partner Westlife heart throb, Nicky Byrne. The eleventh series of Strictly saw Karen partnering TV Chef and Hairy Biker Dave Myers. In 2014 Karen partnered Mark Wright all the way to the finals.
Last year Karen partnered Jeremy Vine all the way to week 8, Jeremy presents BBC One’s Points of View, Eggheads plus of course Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show.
One of the hottest dance couples out there!
Throughout 2013 Karen was a principal dancer in Burn the Floor in London’s West End along side her fiancé and dance partner.
Learn more about Karen’s dancing profile on her official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
Photos © BBC UK
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