Happy Karen's a ball of joy on the dancefloor
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Karen is a Ballroom dancer from Valencia, Venezuela, who moved to New York when she was eight years old.
The Paso allows you to be a strong powerful woman, while the Rumba expresses femininity.Karen Hauer
She joined Strictly in 2012 and danced alonside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, making it to week 10. Since then she's partnered Dave Myers, making it to week seven after a Tango routine to ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’, (where Dave wore a kilt). And now, for her third Strictly experience, she's partnered with Essex boy, Mark Wright, and is hoping the only way is up the leaderboard. Let's see if it'll be third time lucky!...
Karen is trained as a dancer and choreographer and has worked with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Jennifer Lopez. She has won numerous ballroom awards including World Mambo Champion in 2008 and Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion in 2009.
Most recently Karen starred as a principal dancer in the hit show Burn The Floor.
She is a ballroom dancer from Valencia, Venezuela who moved to New York when she was eight years old.
Karen is engaged to fellow professional dancer, Kevin Clifton. He proposed to her on stage at a performance of Burn the Floor on her birthday. Perhaps the wedding will take place on the Strictly dancefloor?! (We'd love that!)
In her spare time, Karen loves cooking and baking, and her favourite things to make are Pavlovas and Victoria sponge cakes.