PURSUIT OF AHHWESOMENESS
BIrd Clarkson Bio
When kids ask he tells them he is from Saturn; (third ring); it feels a whole lot better than saying born in Heidelberg, Germany, then off to Korea and then a bunch of moves and a bunch of states all before graduating college; ah yes the Army Brat life, so see Saturn (third ring) just sounds better. A Psych Major with a Bachelors Degree from Alma College; played college basketball for 2 years, and then decided tp do some traveling down south and to the East Coast. He realized what he was supposed to be doing with his life. DANCE...Bird teaches, performs, entertains, and choreographs, the whole SHABANG. He is currently apart of Central Michigan University and has been apart of their Faculty for 8 years in the Communication and ARTS Department.
Founder of the Pursuit of Ahhwesomeness Movement and CREW...Choreography credits are World of Dance, America's Got Talent, and number of Halftime performances at Central Michigan University along with many High School Homecoming assemblies across the state, from Walled Lake Western, Onsted, Dewitt, and my most recent performance was at Mount Pleasant High School. During his travels in Philadelphia he had the honor to help with a Broadway type Hip-Hop Musical called "From tha Hip" with Chosen Dance Company in Philadelphia at the Prince Music Theatre; where he learned the true meaning of grinding it all out. Including long taxi, subway, and bus rides to promote and advertise; along with pushing to get choreography locked down within a week for a 1hr 30min show. He also had the honor to perform in front of the Mayor of New York and the Mayor of Philadelphia at the City Paper's 25th anniversary with the group Chosen Dance Company in 2006.
Major perfomances: Breakway and Prime Music Festival, Electric Forest, ESPN 3 Halftime, and ART PRIZE
Battle credits include MTA (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Bboy Hoedown in Texas, 1st Red Cedar Ransom, and various other All-Style events including being OVIBE's All-Style Champion. Major Performing credits are Art PriZe 2014 and 2015, the Official Flo-Rida music video “My House”, World of Dance Tour Chicago, many Red Bull Sponsored and Promo'd events for MTV's Jersey Shore, Big Black (MTV's Rob and Big), the Shannon Twins from E's Girls Next Door, and LMFAO on tour at Central Michigan.
He loves teaching students all over the state of Michigan studio and college, along with his Central Michigan University Curriculumn classes. One of his proudest moments choreographing was when his Advanced kids received a 297 for excellent precision, execution, choreography, along with winning NATIONALS in Ohio at APPLAUSE with the Highest Score Overall for the entire competition using authentic foundational Street Dance and Hip-Hop with the FDC winning piece called "CINEMA". His latest and most proud moment was watching the young 13yr old in his crew; Chlo-Monster, make it to the Finals besting some strong opponents to go up against a well known vet and 30+ year old in the Flint Town Get Down. He is known for saying...
"NOTHING IS QUITE LIKE SEEING YOUR PEOPLE YOU’VE HELPED EXCEL AND REACH GOALS THEY DIDN’T KNOW WERE POSSIBLE KNOWING THAT YOU WERE APART OF THEIR JOURNEY"