Kevin was born in Grimsby, England and is a former Youth World Number 1 and four times British Latin Champion. He trained in Ballroom and Latin from an early age, taught by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton, who teach at The Clifton Academy in Grimsby. He went on to win International Open titles in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Belgium.
From an early age, Kevin was taught the importance of giving your all during a performance and his boundless energy is electric and contagious. His passion and love of dance as an art form is evident and this shines through on stage. Kevin is trained in all styles of ballroom dance (Ballroom ten) and he enjoys creating new routines and working with established choreographers. His diverse taste in music ranges from a love of rock legends such as Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury to the romantic delivery of Michael Buble, all of whom bring out the showman in him, making Kevin a compelling and intuitive performer to watch.
Away from the ballroom scene, in 2010 Kevin made his musical theatre debut in Dirty Dancing The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End. More recently, Kevin (and his professional dance partner Karen Hauer) have been principal dancers of Burn The Floor Dance Company for several years, performing in the show’s record breaking Broadway run as well as in London’s West End. Kevin also toured the world with the show performing in countries including Japan, Australia, South Africa and the USA as well as making guest appearances on Dancing With The Stars in USA and So You Think You Can Dance in Holland.
Kevin Clifton performed in some of the group dance routines on the 2012 series of BBC1′s Strictly Come Dancing and he was also worked on some of the ensemble choreography. In 2013 Kevin was invited to join Strictly Come Dancing, the most watched TV show in the UK, as one of the professional dancers. His debut was a remarkable success, partnering Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid and reaching the final in his first year.
In 2014 and 2015 Kevin placed second with his celebrity partners Frankie Bridge and Kellie Bright respectively. Kevin is excited to be returning to Strictly for a fourth year this Autumn.