Payton Field

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.

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Whom do you most admire?

Grand Rapids Ballet School Director Attila Mosolygo. Through many years of demanding classes, Attila has always pushed me to work harder and to treat everything as a learning opportunity because there is always something to improve on. Over the years, we have created a special bond, and he helped shape me to be the dancer I am today.

What excites you creatively? 

Being able to be in class with talented dancers because everyone in the company is so talented and seeing how artistic and graceful each dancer is inspires me to do better.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I am really interested in journalism.

What is the best piece of dance advice you’ve received?

Treat every opportunity as a learning experience and soak it all in.

What are your favorite roles?

  • • Snow and Flowers, The Nutcracker, choreography by Val Caniparoli (2016, 2017)