Several professions fall under the umbrella of the entertainment industry, we have seen exceptional talents in the world of entertainment like acting, singing and of course dancing which is the main focus of Kevin Clifton, a British born professional dancer who embraced fame on the stage of Strictly Come Dancing.
Except in 2017, Kevin has been making it to the yearly finals of the dance series since he made his debut in 2013. However, he won the trophy at the 16th series of the contest alongside his partner Stacy Dooley and this catapulted him into stardom. Kelvin Clifton has also been featured in Burn the Floor and had previously taken up employment as an assistant choreographer
Who Is Kevin Clifton?
The professional dancer was born in Waltham, England on the 13th of October 1982 under the zodiac sign of Libra. His parents are Keith and Judy Clifton who are world champions in dancing, he grew up alongside his sister Joanne Clifton who is also a professional dancer.
Kevin Clifton went to East Ravendale Primary School where he was active in dancing and was popular for his Michael Jackson impressions. He proceeded to Caistor Grammar School and was excelling in academics when he decided to pursue a career in dancing, forfeiting his sixth form.
Ex-wife – Karen Clifton
Kevin’s ex-wife Karen Clifton is also a professional dancer like him and they met in New York when they were both busy working. His marriage proposal to her can only be described as dramatic. It was Karen’s birthday and the duo was live on stage at a performance of Burn the Floor in a touring production when Kevin Clifton suddenly popped the big question and their nuptials was accomplished on the 11th of July 2015. Karen was actually Karen Hauer but took-up her husbands surname after their marriage.
Barely three years after exchanging marriage vows, the couple confirmed that they were separated in March 2018. The major reason for their split is not known but speculations point to the fact that their long-distance commute, as well as hectic work schedule, played a big role in the break-up of their union. In spite of the fact that their marriage has officially come to an end, Kevin Clifton and Karen still maintain a very healthy friendship. Moreover, as Kevin and his current dancing partner Stacy received their trophy for the Strictly Come Dancing context, Karen was the first person to offer her congratulations.
Karen is not the only woman who has passed through Kevin’s life, according to records, he had been in and out of three marriages. Before meeting Karen, the professional dancer was married to yet another dance partner named Clare Craze with whom he tied the marriage knot on the 7th of July 2007. Their life as a couple lasted for three years before it hit the rocks in 2010 but their divorce was finalized in 2013. A further look into his romantic life reveals that Kevin’s first attempt at marriage was at age 20 when he was joined in holy matrimony with Anna Melnikova who, according to sources, was also his dancing partner at some point in his career but the pair parted ways for reasons unknown to the public till date.
His Sister – Joanne Clifton
Regarding his sister Joanne Clifton, they were trained by their parents who were world champions in dancing. At the onset of his career, Kevin and Joanne were dance partners till they both made the conscious decision to go with different partners. After their separation, Kevin decided on Latin as his major dance style, so he wouldn’t compete against his sister.
- Business investments
In addition to his dancing career, Kevin is also an accomplished businessman, he is the co-owner of a property investment business which he established with a friend. According to the dancer, the business is like a second career.
Kevin Clifton has contributed his quota to charity by partaking in several campaigns targeted at charitable causes. He is part of the Wheelchair DanceSport Association in his capacity as a patron and was also part of the Dance Proms in 2014.
- Awards and Accolades
The professional dancer has earned a Youth World Number 1 award, he was the British Latin Champion for four good times and has bagged international open titles in countries like Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Taiwan, Finland, Singapore, Slovakia, Germany, Hongkong, Slovenia, Spain, Japan, Sweden, and France.
- Net Worth
Kevin’s net worth is believed to be under review, but some unreliable sources have published varieties of his wealth. One source pegged it at $1.9 million while a second source skyrocketed it to $8 million. Whichever be the case, his net worth is believed to have been accumulated from his dancing career and his stint in the business world is sure to be responsible for some digits in his fortune.
- Body Measurement
The famous dancer stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches which approximates 165cm, his body weight of 65 kg compliments his height. Kevin Clifton also comes with small blue eyes and brown hair.