In 2005 Jordan and Clayton discovered acroyoga, which led to aerial yoga, which led to the higher flying aerial arts. In 2009 Jordan was part of the very first group of teachers in the world to receive her Unnata® Aerial Yoga teacher certification through Michelle Dortignac, founder of the technique, and she has been teaching ever since. In that time a rich community of aerial yoga teachers has grown around the US and the world, and Jordan is thrilled to be one of the first.
Jordan has logged several thousand hours of training in the higher flying aerial arts, with her main focus being aerial silks and sling. She seeks out pioneers in the field, and has been especially influenced by her training with The New England Center for Circus Arts. She has trained regionally and internationally, seeking out anyone who inspires her with a unique approach to aerial or to the body in general. She loves teaching and is inspired by all of her students and teachers.
An introvert at heart, Jordan began performing to challenge herself in a new way and found a love for it that was surprising. She has been performing acro and aerial locally and regionally since 2008, when it was still an unknown art-form in the lowcountry. She performs regularly and has performed to crowds as small as a few dozen and as large as a few thousand. She has collaborated with local talents like Carnivalesque, Alternacirque, Theatre Marvelosa, and more. Her tireless work in this area has laid the groundwork for a rich circus scene that is just beginning to develop in Charleston. Constantly striving for innovation in the field, she is a performer with Wonderson Duo, specializing in solo and duo work on aerial silks, static trapeze, floor, and invented apparatus.
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.
Jay Clement grew up in Northwest Pennsylvania with a movement background in competitive dance and tumbling. Post art school he found himself in Philadelphia discovering recreational circus at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and was encouraged by the coaches to audition at NECCA where he was accepted. Focusing on Aerial Rope and Hand Balancing he has completed both Intensive and Pro Track. A recent transplant to Charleston, Jay looks forward to making the city his home base in between gigs and contracts. In his spare time he enjoys craft beer, getting his nieces into trouble, and perfecting the art of napping.
From competitive gymnastics and collegiate dance, to degrees in exercise science and physical therapy, Lindsey has a strong background in human movement. When she discovered aerial silks in 2012, she quickly fell in love with the circus arts, venturing into acro balance and trapeze soon after. Lindsey has completed Aerial Fit’s 60+hr Teacher Training Program, and is excited to inspire others to find the joy in moving their bodies in new and creative ways!
Born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, NY, Norma now lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and three rambunctious boys. She knows first hand the importance of helping children (and parents!) thrive and, at the same time, finding peace in today’s hectic world.
Norma’s passion for yoga began at Syracuse University in 1995, when her previous background in classical ballet left a void that yoga filled. Yoga has been such a major part of Norma’s life for the past 20 plus years, she guides her students along timeless yoga flows through laughter, fun, enlightenment, focus and relaxation. A yoga mom at heart, she combines motherly nurture with a wealth of expertise into all her classes. She has completed training programs with Karma Kids NYC, The Riverstone Yoga Teacher 200h Training Program, Kids Yogaverse, Yoga4Classroom and at YogaEducation Institute. She received her Unnata® Aerial Yoga teacher certification in 2016 and is flying over the moon to be teaching at Aerial Fit.