Raised in Hattiesburg MS, Clay started training at the age of 12 at On Your Toes Dance Studio doing jazz and contemporary whilst also training at South Mississippi Ballet Theatre. At the age of sixteen, Clay joined the Houston Ballet Academy where he stayed for two years training under Claudio Munoz and Andrew Murphy while performing numerous works for the company and the school.
In 2015, Clay joined the Professional Division program at Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2016, Clay joined the Boston Ballet’s Second Company where he performed works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Jill Johnson. From 2017-2022 Clay danced with the Los Angeles Ballet where he appeared in numerous classical and contemporary works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Azure Barton, and Marius Petipa.