Trainee since 2017
Grand Rapids Ballet School 2014-16
Grand Rapids Ballet Summer Intensive 2013-14, 2016-17
Payton began her dance training at six at the Care Conservatory of Ballet, after which she began dancing at Balletmore Dance Studio as well as CARE. Payton moved to the Grand Rapids Ballet School in 2014. Since then, she has performed in numerous productions; such as The Nutcracker under the direction of Patricia Barker and Attila Mosolygo. She has attended summer programs at Boston Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet. She also attended YAGP in 2017 with Patricia Barker and Mindy Mosolygo as coaches.