Clayton has been teaching in one form or another since he was a teenager. He has taught countless numbers of children and adults to swim at a competitive level. He’s taught Microsoft Excel at a corporate level. He also taught summer school at Shuang Wen Academy, a Chinese English dual language public school in New York City. He taught yoga for many years as well. For the past 10 years he has been teaching circus arts in the Charleston area. He started teaching Acro Yoga & Acrobalance in 2006 and started teaching aerial arts in 2009.
Clayton was a high level competitive swimmer for nearly 10 years. His specialty was sprint butterfly for which he trained 3 hours a day, six days a week. He has the distinct honor of losing quite handsomely to some very impressive Olympic swimmers.
Clayton looked to yoga to rehabilitate his swimmer’s shoulders and bring a little peace and calm to his life. Yoga led to partner yoga which, in turn, led to acrobatic yoga. Discovering aerial yoga came next and from there it was only a short leap into circus arts.
Clayton’s aerial focus is in lyra (aerial hoop), static trapeze and duo aerial. His ground acrobatics focus on acro balance and handstands. In addition to teaching, Clayton also performs with Jordan Anderson using the stage name Wonderson. The duo have performed in front of tens of thousands of happy spectators in small intimate venues, theaters, sports arenas and at outdoor festivals. Clayton and Jordan founded Circus Building Entertainment as a performance company for a larger troupe that has included multiple aerial performers, acrobats, stilt walkers, magicians, side show performers and dancers.
In addition to teaching circus arts, Clayton has owned and operated an online retail business that was featured in Inc. Magazine on multiple occasions as well as National Fox Business News. At it’s peak, his company employed over 30 people.
Clayton is the Co-Founder of Aerial Fit and Circus Building Entertainment.