Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez send temperatures soaring during Firedance tour in Manchester
Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez sent temperatures soaring during their Firedance tour at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Saturday.
The Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers are performing nationwide until early April in a captivating dance-off inspired by famous theatre productions including Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, West Side Story and more.
Karen, 40, looked stunning in a fuchsia pink two-piece set that showed off her toned body while Gorka, 32, showed off his muscled physique as he went shirtless in matching trousers.
Later on the pair donned a midnight blue ensemble, accentuating Karen’s enviable pins as the dress shimmered throughout the dance routine.
The dancer also turned heads in a bold red figure-hugging dress, with a large slit down one side, as Gorka dressed in a smart black suit for the sexy performance.
Hotting up: Karen Hauer and Gorka Marquez sent temperatures soaring at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Saturday
Outfit change: The pair later changed into a midnight blue ensemble which shimmered throughout the dances
Their passion and chemistry was obvious throughout the sensational choreography as sweat glistened off their chiselled bodies.
The enchanting dances, which Karen has described as ‘fresh’ and ‘sexy’, are paired with high-tempo music from Camilla Cabello and Jason Derulo among others.
The shows, which are running for the third consecutive year, will continue until early April and are still to come in London, Nottingham, Birmingham and more.
Meanwhile the audience was filled with star-studded names, including Strictly co-stars Janette Manrara, who teased a glimpse of her growing bump as she joined husband Alijaz Skorjanec at the theatre premiere.
Gorka joined the show in 2016 as a professional dancer and has been partnered with Alexandra Burke, Katie Piper, Maisie Smith and Helen Skelton.
He has been engaged to actress Gemma Atkinson since 2021. In January, the actress, 38, revealed she was pregnant with her second child after they welcomed their first child, Mia, in 2019.
On last year’s Strictly, Karen was paired with comedian Jayde Adams in one of two same-sex couples. They were the fourth to be eliminated.
In June Karen married her partner Jordan Wyn-Jones in an intimate ceremony in Hampshire.
Bold: Another set of outfits saw Karen change into a figure-hugging scarlet dress with a large slit down the side
Amazing figure: The 40-year-old dancer showed off her toned body in a matching fuchsia pink two-piece set
Hard work: Their bodies glistened with sweat after they performed the routines, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, West Side Story and more
Burning red: Karen showed her stunning dancing ability as she flawlessly moved in a pair of strappy heels and skin-tight dress
Chemistry: The pair displayed their enviable connection as they danced together through the shows
Hugging it out! The co-stars embraced as the crowds cheered following their performance
Look at those moves: Karen danced to music by Camilla Cabello, Jason Derullo and more
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 40, described the ceremony as a ‘fairytale’ and gushed about how special it was to bring their families together.
Karen and Jordan got hitched at the five-star Chewton Glen hotel, an 18th century country house bordering the New Forest.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Strictly professionals Luba Mushtuk and Janette Manrara.
Karen was previously married to her former dance partner Matthew Hauer and later to ex Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton from 2015 to 2018.
Although they parted ways that year, they continued to work together until Kevin left Strictly in 2020.
After she and Kevin split, Karen – who is originally from Venezuela – insisted she would never date a dancer again.