Jessica Lynn Fox / Bird Clarkson


Fox is a movement artist, choreographer, teacher, Pilates and yoga instructor, a wife, and a mother. For the past decade she has been working as Artistic Director of 4th Avenue Arts Theatre to revitalize a 1923, 15,000 sq. ft. vaudeville house. Her vision is to create a conscious community to support the performing arts in Huntington, WV. Fox runs annual programs with the DEA Youth Dance America, Project Plie, Huntington Museum of Art, and will be joining the WV Governor’s School for the Art Dance Faculty in 2018. Choreographers/Collaborators/Companies she is proud to have had the blessing to work/perform with: Troika Ranch (SWARM), Mark Zanter, Steve Hall, Brigid Burke, Summer O. Logan, Robin Conley, Angela Dennis, Bird Clarkson, Danahbella DanceWorks, Gina Gibney, Tere O'Connor, City Dance Ensemble, Travis Gatling, Maura Keefe, John Bohuslawsky, Lisa Ford Moulton, Marina Gobins Walchli, KDNY Dance, Laurie Goux. She has shown her work at the Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), Joan C. Edwards Playhouse (WV), Gooseroute Dance Festival, RAD Fest (MI), Radford University, Marshall University, Ohio University, West Virginia Cultural Center for the Arts, The Greenberg Theatre (DC), The Tamarack Theatre (WV), Hollins University, and the The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum (VA).  Fox holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the Forsythe Company, and Frankfurt University of Performing Arts (2016), she hold a BFA in dance from Ohio University (2004) She is co-curator for Big River Dance Festival, as well as owner/studio manager of 4th Avenue Pilates. Fox holds yoga, Pilates, and ABT Teacher Training certifications (level pre-primary - 5). Fox taught on faculty at The Washington Ballet (2005/06), as well as dance faculty at Marshall University (2008/14). Fox has been granted as an outstanding artist by the state of Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio. She received a grant to study at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (2002), and was awarded a field study grant to research contact improvisation (2003). Fox spent a year long mentorship study with artists K.J. Holmes (Touch, Memories, Improvisation, Performative Studies), and Laurie Goux (Dunham Technique).  Fox has been featured in the Independent Film “Distortion” (appearing as Lucy/2008) and was featured in Dance Studio Life (“How contact improvisation benefits dancers from tykes to teens and beyond”, March-April 2015).    BIRD CLARKSON I have often told the youngest members in my that I mentor and teach how I’m from Saturn; (third ring) of course. It feels a whole lot better than saying born in Heidelberg, Germany, then off to Japan, 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... Clarkson began as a Psych Major who played college basketball for 2 years, but after taking a trip to the East Coast, let life guide me back to many dance floors, studios, stages, and platforms where he’s embraced by audiences from 13 to as many as 52,000. Clarkson has been on faculty at Central Michigan University for the past eight years teaching Hip Hop culture and movement. He is a lecturer and choreographer, and fitness instructor. Clarkson has been a featured artist in music videos, holding contracts with Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records.

Friday, March 9, 2018: 9:00pm