Karen Hauer Biography – Karen Hauer Wiki
Karen Hauer is a Venezuelan professional dancer and the longest-serving female Pro on Strictly Come Dancing. She is a World Mambo Champion known for her appearances on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing and the American TV series So You Think You Can Dance. She has also been featured on Burn the Floor.
Karen was born in Valencia, Venezuela, and took up dancing after moving to New York when she was 8 years old. At the age of 10, Karen won a scholarship to the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She studied African, contemporary and ballet before moving on to ballroom and Latin at the age of 19.
In 2009, Karen competed in season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance. She initially auditioned with her husband at the time, Matthew Hauer, but her husband was eliminated during Vegas week while Karen moved on to the top 20.
In 2012, Karen joined Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer. Her journey started with Westlife’s Nicky Byrne for series 10. The pair reached the quarter-finals, before losing a dance-off to Denise van Outen and her partner James Jordan. Hauer returned for series 11 and was paired with Dave Myers, and they were eliminated on 10 November, in week 7. In series 12, she was partnered with 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. During the 14th series, she 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 danced with the celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot for the 2016 Christmas special. In the 15th series, she was chosen to partner with TV chef Simon Rimmer and they were eliminated in 11th place. She was paired with actor Charles Venn in the 16th series, they finished in 6th place. During the seventeenth series, she was partnered up with comedian Chris Ramsey, they were eliminated in the semi-final, finishing in 4th place. In the eighteenth series, she was partnered with Made in Chelsea star, Jamie Laing, who was returning after injuring his foot in the previous series.
In 2020, she launched Firedance, a new dance stage production with fellow Strictly pro Gorka Marquez. The show was postponed after a handful of performances after the COVID-19 outbreak, and has been rescheduled for 2021.
Karen is a health and fitness enthusiast, and a certified Personal Trainer, and launched her online at-home, equipment-free fitness programme Hauer Power at the end of 2019.
Karen Hauer Strictly Come Dancing
She is best known in the UK as a pro dancer on BBC flagship show Strictly Come Dancing and is the show’s longest-standing female professional.
Karen has been part of the BBC Strictly family since 2012 and has been partnered with household names including Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, The ‘Hairy Biker’ Dave Myers, Mark Wright, Jeremy Vine, Will Young and chef Simon Rimmer.
In 2018 she reached the quarter-finals with actor Charles Venn and went a step further in 2019, taking comedian Chris Ramsey to the semi-final. In 2020 Karen reached her second final when she partnered with Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing.
Karen Hauer Strictly Come Dancing Partners
Strictly legend Karen Hauer has been partnered with household names including Westlife’s Nicky Byrne (2012), Hairy Biker Dave Myers (2013), Mark Wright (2014), broadcaster Jeremy Vine (2015), Will Young (2016), TV chef Simon Rimmer (2017), actor Charles Venn (2018), comedian Chris Ramsey (2019), Jamie Laing (2020) and actor Greg Wise (2021).
Karen Hauer Age
Karen Hauer, birth name Karen Vanessa Girez Kardenez Andreas, was born on April 20, 1982, in Valencia, Venezuela.
Karen Hauer Husband
Is Karen Hauer married? She is currently married to Jordan Wyn-Jones. Strictly Come Dancing professional Karen Hauer married Jordan Wyn-Jones in a secret wedding at Chewton Glen in Hampshire on June 7, 2022. The couple tied the knot in front of friends and family, including Karen’s fellow Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Luba Mushtuk.
Karen posed with her family, including her mum Mirian, whom she said she hadn’t been able to see for years. “It felt so special to bring our families and friends together,” the dancer told HELLO! Magazine. “I haven’t seen my family for the last two years so it’s really touching to bring them here and be able to share this amazing moment with them.”
Karen and Jordan also spoke about their love story, which began in 2021 when their paths crossed on social media, when Jordan was based in Australia for work.
“Jordan followed me on Instagram and I followed back – we would like and comment on each other’s posts. Never did I think that I would find the love of my life on the other side of the world and that we would meet in such a unique way. But I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said the Strictly Come Dancing professional.
“I knew I was going to marry Karen the first day I met her, but I thought it’d be a bit weird to turn up at her front door and ask then,” said Jordan.
She was married to former professional dance partner Matthew Hauer until 2009. She later married fellow professional dancer Kevin Clifton on 11 July 2015. On March 15 2018 they announced they were no longer together.
Karen Hauer First Husband
Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer was previously married to her former dance partner Matthew Hauer and later to former Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton from 2015 to 2018.
Karen Hauer Height
How tall is Karen Hauer? She stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65m) tall.
Karen Hauer Long Hair
In August 2022, professional dancer Karen Hauer showed off her brand new hairstyle on Instagram. The photo showed Karen sporting curls on her natural hair.
Strictly’s Karen Hauer is no stranger to experimenting with her hair. For many years, she has rocked the bob cut, a quiff with both sides of her head ultra-short, and long luscious black hair. The professional dancer previously opened up to HELLO! about feeling liberated with short hair, and how she decided to get a new haircut the day after the Strictly final in December 2018.
She said: “It is almost like I am on a self-discovery path, and I find it quite refreshing, a kind of release that I am allowing myself to change and to be okay with it, and if people don’t like it that’s fine with me.”
The star had been inspired by Emma Willis’ hair, and added: “I loved it and knew that’s what I wanted. What better time to do it, having finished Strictly.”
Karen Hauer Maiden Name
Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer, maiden name Karen Vanessa Girez Kardenez Andreas, previously opened up on her maiden name before her marriages, while appearing on her Strictly partner Jamie Laing’s podcast Private Parts.
As he welcomed her to the interview, he tried to pronounce Karen’s full name. He began: “We are still here with Karen Vanessa Kardonez…”
Karen interrupted: “You always do this,” after Jamie mixed up the order of her name.
He continued: “Karen Vanessa Girez Kardenez Andreas.”
She added: “And then I have Clifton Hauer, but you know I got rid of one of them.”
Jamie then went on to talk of Karen’s two previous marriages to his co-host Francis Boulle, saying: “You know Frances that Karen has been married twice.”
The Venezuelan dancer interrupted: “Apparently, I like being married.”
Jamie also pointed out how she still goes by her first husband’s last name Hauer. He said: “The best thing about Goose [his nickname for Karen] is that she got married twice and then she thought, f**k it I’m going to keep my first husband’s name.”
Karen then joked: “Imagine someone saying, ‘So dancing next is Karen Vanessa Girez Kardenez Andreas with Jamie Laing…’ No. But even sometimes people go Karen Hoour, Karen Hewer, Karen Haiwer and I’m like it’s Hauer.”
Talking of why she reverted back after her split with Kevin, she said: “Well I kept my first husband’s last name and then when I married my second husband I changed my name – oh that sounds awful. Then when I married Mr Clifton I changed the name for when I was on the show [Strictly] and then once we got separated I went back to Hauer. So every other year I just change my name. Who’s name is it going to be next?”
Karen Hauer Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Karen Hauer Nationality
She is of Venezuelan-American nationality.
Karen Hauer Instagram
Karen Hauer’s Instagram is @karenhauer.