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Payton Alexandra Ackerman
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Gender Female
Age 20
Birthdate August 24, 1997
Nationality American
Hometown Los Angeles, California
Height {{{height}}}
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
School Grade College Junior (17/18)
Professional Information
Profession Dancer
Student
Affiliations n/a
Dance Studios Abby Lee Dance Company
Titles see below
Friends and Family
Parents Leslie Ackerman (mother)
Siblings Taylor Ackerman
Friends Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Asia Monet Ray
Gianna Martello
Nick Dobbs
Chloe Lukasiak
Brandon Pent
Sarah Reasons
JoJo Siwa
Pets
Nicknames
Payton Alexandra Ackerman (born on August 24, 1997 in Pennsylvania) is a grown-up dancer from Pennsylvania, now living in Los Angeles, California. Payton is a member of the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company and was on the show Dance Moms for four seasons, though she was part of the regular cast starting with the show's second season.

Payton left the show to graduate from high school and has since moved to L.A. She will still continue to dance and support the ALDC.

Her older sister Taylor, is also a dancer, but she never appeared on Dance Moms. She is however, one of the stars of VH1's Hit the Floor.

DancesEdit

SolosEdit

Year Dance Name Dance Style Choreographer Competition Place Awards
2010 One Track Mind Jazz unknown DEA (Pittsburgh) 9th in Preteen Solos
DEA Nationals (NYC) 5th in Preteen Solos
Dance Masters of PA 3rd in Age 11-12 Solos
JUMP (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
Onstage NY (Pittsburgh) did not place
2011 Love Games Jazz unknown DEA (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
DEA Nationals (Las Vegas) 2nd in Teen Solos
Dance Masters of PA Gold Award
2012 Eternally Jazz unknown Starbound (Atlanta) 7th in Teen Solos
2nd in Teen Jazz Solos
Sinking Feeling Jazz unknown DEA (Pittsburgh) 5th in Teen Solos
DEA Nationals (Las Vegas) National Teen Miss DEA
Fire and Ice (Pittsburgh) Regional Teen Miss Fire and Ice
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 1st in Teen Jazz Solos
Platinum Award
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
Nexstar (Akron) 8th in Nexstar Teen Solos
2013 China Doll Jazz unknown DEA (Pittsburgh) did not place
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Jazz Solos
High Gold Award
JUMP (Pittsburgh) High Gold Award
Onstage NY (Pittsburgh) 10th in Advanced Teen Solos
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Solos
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 3rd in Teen Solos
2014 Can You Predict the Future Jazz Abby Lee Miller Starbound Dancer’s Care Benefit (Atlantic City) 2nd in Senior Solos
Femme Fatale Jazz unknown World Class Talent (Canton) scratched
Serial Killer Jazz unknown Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Jazz Solos
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) did not place
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) National Senior Miss Sheer Talent
2015 Lady Like Jazz unknown 24/SEVEN (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Solos
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) 9th in Senior Solos
Outstanding Execution Award
Waiting Game Contemporary unknown Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 4th in Senior Solos
1st in Senior Jazz Solos
Regional Senior Dancer of the Year
Hollywood Vibe Nationals (Anaheim) did not place
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place

DuetsEdit

Year Dance Name Dance Style Choreographer Other Dancer Competition Place Awards
2011 She's So Beautiful Hip Hop unknown Brandon Pent DEA (Pittsburgh) did not place
Dance Masters of PA Platinum Award
JUMP (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
2012 Turn Me On Hip Hop unknown Brandon Pent DEA (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Teen Duet/Trios
DEA Nationals (Las Vegas) unknown scoring
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place

TriosEdit

Year Dance Name Dance Style Choreographer Other Dancers Competition Place Awards
2013 Locomotion Jazz unknown Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
NUVO (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Duet/Trios
Onstage NY (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Advanced Senior Duet/Trios
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 2nd in Senior Trios
Titanium Award
Never Again Contemporary unknown Katherine Narasimhan
Auriel Welty
DEA (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Duet/Trios
Choreography Award
Feminine Elegance Award
Platinum Award
JUMP (Pittsburgh) High Gold
NUVO (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Senior Duet/Trios
Onstage NY (Pittsburgh) did not place
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Trios
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 1st in Teen Trios
2014 All I Need Jazz unknown Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 4th in Senior Trios
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 2nd in Senior Trios
WCDE (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Jazz Duet/Trios
Red Contemporary unknown Katherine Narasimhan
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Senior Duet/Trios
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Senior Trios
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 3rd in Senior Trios
WCDE (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Lyrical Duet/Trios

GroupsEdit

with Abby Lee Dance Company (Outside "Dance Moms")Edit

Year Dance Name Dance Style Choreographer Other Dancers Competition Place Awards
2007 Bushel and a Peck unknown unknown unknown Fire and Ice (Pittsburgh) did not place
Country Cuties unknown unknown unknown Fire and Ice (Pittsburgh) did not place
Mini unknown unknown unknown Fire and Ice (Pittsburgh) did not place
2010 Barnyard Tap Matt Saffron Nick Dobbs
Brooke Hyland
Olivia Ice
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Maddie Ziegler
and others
DEA (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
DEA Nationals (NYC) 1st in Preteen Lines
Dance Masters of PA 3rd in Age 11-12 Lines
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Musical Theater unknown Nick Dobbs
John Fiumara
Brooke Hyland
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
and others
DEA (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
Dance Masters of PA 1st in Age 13-14 Lines
Corners Lyrical unknown Nick Dobbs
Paige Hyland
Olivia Ice
Chloe Lukasiak
Maddie Ziegler
and others
DEA Nationals (NYC) 2nd in Junior Lines
Funhouse unknown unknown Elissa Berardi
Olivia Ice
and others
JUMP (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
Note to God Specialty unknown Brooke Hyland
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
and others
DEA (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
JUMP (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
2011 Beautiful Flower Specialty unknown Elissa Berardi
Maddie Genre
Brooke Hyland
Olivia Ice
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
and others
DEA (Pittsburgh) did not place
DEA Nationals (Las Vegas) did not place
Bombay Dreams Specialty unknown Nick Dobbs
Brooke Hyland
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
and others
DEA (Pittsburgh) did not place
DEA Nationals (Las Vegas) did not place
Dance Masters of PA Gold Award
JUMP (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
Charleston Jazz unknown Nick Dobbs
Maddie Genre
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Kassidy Leon
Chloe Lukasiak
Kassidy Leon
Brandon Pent
Hope Roberts
and others
DEA (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Preteen Lines
Americano Tap Matt Saffron Elissa Berardi
Brooke Hyland
Maddie Genre
Olivia Ice
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
DEA (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Groups
DEA Nationals (Las Vegas) 5th in Teen Groups
Dance Masters of PA Platinum Award
JUMP (Pittsburgh) unknown scoring
2012 NUVO (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Groups
1st in Teen/Senior Tap
Teen Best Nu Group Award
Addicted to Love Jazz unknown Elissa Berardi
Katie Genre
Olivia Ice
Nina Linhart
Brittany Pent
Stephanie Pittman
Elizabeth Rohm
Kendall Vertes
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
DEA (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Groups
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
Checkmate Contemporary unknown Nick Dobbs
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Olivia Ice
Chloe Lukasiak
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Hope Roberts
Kendall Vertes
Auriel Welty
DEA (Pittsburgh) 5th in Preteen Lines
Nexstar (Akron) 4th in Nexstar Teen Large Groups
Glam Jazz Gianna Martello Nick Dobbs
Nia Frazier
Maddie Genre
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Kassidy Leon
Chloe Lukasiak
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
DEA (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Preteen Lines
Jet Set Musical Theater unknown Maddie Genre
Kassidy Leon
Chloe Lukasiak
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Hope Roberts
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
DEA (Pittsburgh) 1st in Preteen Lines
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
WCDE (Pittsburgh) Technique Award
Life of the Party Tap Matt Saffron Elissa Berardi
Maddie Genre
Olivia Ice
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Maddie Ziegler
DEA (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Groups
Piano Man Tap Matt Saffron Elissa Berardi
Nick Dobbs
John Fiumara
Katie Genre
Maddie Genre
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Nina Linhart
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Brittany Pent
Stephanie Pittman
Hope Roberts
Elizabeth Rohm
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
DEA (Pittsburgh) 1st in Teen Lines
JUMP (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Extended Lines
Teen Best of JUMP Award
Nexstar (Akron) 4th in Nexstar Senior Large Groups
Unzipped Specialty unknown John Fiumara
Nina Linhart
Malena Maust
Brittany Pent
Elizabeth Rohm
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
DEA (Pittsburgh) did not place
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) 4th in Senior Groups
1st in Senior Specialty
2013 American Dream Lyrical unknown Elissa Berardi
Nick Dobbs
Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Nina Linhart
Chloe Lukasiak
Malena Maust
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Hope Roberts
Keara Sweeney
Alison Taylor
Kendall Vertes
Ryleigh Vertes
Eve Vinkler
Auriel Welty
Maddie Ziegler
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 3rd in Teen Lines
King Porter Stomp Tap Matt Saffron Elissa Berardi
Nick Dobbs
Olivia Ice
Nina Linhart
Malena Maust
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Stephanie Pittman
Elizabeth Rohm
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) High Gold Award
Maestro Musical Theater unknown Elissa Berardi
Olivia Ice
Nina Linhart
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Stephanie Pittman
Elizabeth Rohm
Keara Sweeney
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) High Gold Award
Onstage NY (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Overall Adavnced Teen Division
Teen Entertainment Award
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Lines
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 4th in Teen Lines
Red Carpet Specialty unknown Elissa Berardi
Nick Dobbs
Olivia Ice
Nina Linhart
Malena Maust
Katherine Narasimhan
Brandon Pent
Stephanie Pittman
Elizabeth Rohm
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) High Gold Award
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Lines
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 2nd in Senior Lines
Titanium Award
Reign Dance Lyrical unknown Elissa Berardi
Nia Frazier
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Nina Linhart
Malena Maust
Katherine Narasimhan
Stephanie Pittman
Hope Roberts
Elizabeth Rohm
Keara Sweeney
Kendall Vertes
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
Maddie Ziegler
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 4th in Teen Lines
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 1st in Teen Lines
2014 America Gone Lyrical unknown Mariah Aivazis
Nia Frazier
Olivia Ice
Brooke Kosinski
Sammie Lenzi
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Ian Schmoke
Keara Sweeney
Alison Taylor
Kendall Vertes
Ryleigh Vertes
Eve Vinkler
Auriel Welty
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 1st in Teen Lines
Crazy in Love Jazz James Washington Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Keara Sweeney
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) Gold Award
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 5th in Senior Groups
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 4th in Senior Groups
Garland Waltz Ballet unknown Mariah Aivazis
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Ian Schmoke
Keara Sweeney
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
n/a n/a
In Time Contemporary James Washington Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Ian Schmoke
Keara Sweeney
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Senior Groups
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 1st in Senior Groups
Just Another Number Contemporary Gianna Martello Kamryn Beck
Nia Frazier
Katherine Narasimhan
Keara Sweeney
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
NUVO (Pittsburgh) 1st in Teen Groups
Teen Best Nu Group Award
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 1st in Preteen Groups
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 2nd in Preteen Groups
WCDE (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Junior Contemporary Small Groups
Lost and Found Contemporary James Washington Katherine Narasimhan
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Small Groups
1st in Overall Senior Groups/Lines
JUMP (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Groups
Best in Studio Award
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Groups
1st in Senior Contemporary
Senior Critic’s Choice Award
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Groups
Choreography Award
Sheer Brilliance Award
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 2nd in Overall Titanium Cup Groups/Lines/Productions
WCDE (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Contemporary Small Groups
Lucky One Contemporary unknown Mariah Aivazis
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Senior Groups
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Groups
Still Alive for Your Love Lyrical unknown Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Keara Sweeney
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Small Groups
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Groups
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 5th in Senior Groups
World Class Talent (Rockville) 5th in Teen World Groups
Vampire Heart Lyrical Gianna Martello Mariah Aivazis
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Ian Schmoke
Keara Sweeney
Ryleigh Vertes
Auriel Welty
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 4th in Senior Groups
Sheer Talent Nationals (Las Vegas) 1st in Senior Lines
2015 Everybody Leaves Contemporary Gianna Martello Maddie Bennett
Nia Frazier
Sarah Hunt
Olivia Ice
Brooke Kosinski
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Ryan Nogy
Madison Porter
Hope Roberts
Ian Schmoke
Keara Sweeney
Alison Taylor
Kendall Vertes
Carolyn Whitney
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
JUMP (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Extended Lines
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Lines
Titanium Award
Sheer Talent Nationals (Foxwoods) 4th in Teen Lines
Titanium Award
Forget the Past Contemporary James Washington Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Hope Roberts
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Senior Small Groups
4th in Overall Senior Groups/Lines
Sheer Talent Nationals (Foxwoods) 3rd in Senior Groups
Titanium Award
I Forget Where We Were Contemporary Gianna Martello Nick Dobbs
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Keara Sweeney
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Teen Groups
1st in Teen Specialty
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Groups
Titanium Award
Sheer Talent Nationals (Foxwoods) 1st in Senior Groups
Titanium Award
Love Contemporary unknown Maddie Bennett
Ryan Nogy
Madison Porter
Keara Sweeney
Alison Taylor
Carolyn Whitney
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) did not place
JUMP (Pittsburgh) did not place
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Groups
2nd in Teen Contemporary
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 1st in Teen Groups
Sheer Beauty Award
Titanium Award
Never Gonna Change Contemporary Jesse Johnson Nick Dobbs
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Ryan Nogy
Hope Roberts
Ian Schmoke
Keara Sweeney
Hollywood Vibe (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Senior Small Groups
2nd in Overall Senior Groups/Lines
NYCDA (Pittsburgh) Senior Critic’s Choice Award
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 1st in Senior Lines
Sheer Excellence Award
Titanium Award
Remain Nameless Jazz Gianna Martello Nia Frazier
Kalani Hilliker
Olivia Ice
Kassidy Leon
Katherine Narasimhan
Ryan Nogy
Hope Roberts
Keara Sweeney
Alison Taylor
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
JUMP (Pittsburgh) 2nd in Teen Lines
Sheer Talent (Pittsburgh) 3rd in Teen Lines
Fierce and Fabulous Award
Titanium Award
Sheer Talent Nationals (Foxwoods) 3rd in Teen Lines
Titanium Award

with Abby Lee Dance Company (on "Dance Moms")Edit

Year Dance Name Dance Style Choreographer Other Dancers Competition Place Awards
2012 All Kids Go Contemporary Abby Lee Miller Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Maddie Ziegler
Starbound (Atlanta) 1st in Junior Small Groups
Light My Fire Hip Hop Gianna Martello Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
n/a n/a
The Huntress Lyrical unknown Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Starbound (Woodbridge I) 2nd in Age 9-11 Power Small Groups
What Comes Around Lyrical Abby Lee Miller Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
Hollywood Vibe (St. Louis) 1st in Intermediate Modern Small Groups
Platinum Award
2013 Just Be Contemporary Gianna Martello
James Washington
Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Asia Monet Ray
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Believe (Sandusky) 1st in Age 9-11 Power Small Groups
On the Verge Lyrical Gianna Martello Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Asia Monet Ray
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Xpression (Orlando) 4th in Junior Groups
Open Waters Lyrical Abby Lee Miller Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Asia Monet Ray
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Believe (Lancaster) 1st in Age 9-11 Power Small Groups
2014 Girlz Night Out Jazz Molly Long Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Sheer Talent (Wheeling) 3rd in Junior Small Groups
Titanium Award
Just Another Number Contemporary Gianna Martello Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Believe (Columbus) 1st in Age 9-11 Power Small Groups
Lift You Up Character unknown Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
World Class Talent (Rockville) 1st in Junior World Groups

Dance TitlesEdit

  • Regional Teen Miss Fire and Ice 2012
  • Regional WCDE Elite Teen Dancer 2012
  • National Teen Miss Dance Educators of America 2012
  • Regional WCDE Elite Teen Dancer 2013
  • Regional JUMP Senior Female VIP 2014
  • Regional WCDE Elite Senior Dancer 2014
  • National Senior Miss Sheer Talent 2014
  • Regional Hollywood Vibe Senior Dancer of the Year 2015

Runner-Up TitlesEdit

  • Regional JUMP Junior Female VIP 2010
  • Regional JUMP Teen Female VIP 2012
  • Regional JUMP Teen Female VIP 2013
  • Regional NUVO Teen Female Breakout Artist 2013
  • Regional 24/SEVEN Senior Female Nonstop Dancer 2015
  • Regional JUMP Senior Female VIP 2015
  • Regional NUVO Senior Female Breakout Artist 2015

TriviaEdit

  • Payton began dancing at Abby Lee Miller's studio when she was 11 years old.
  • According to Abby Lee Miller, Payton was one of the best hip-hop dancers at her studio.
  • Payton's favorite color is yellow.

GalleryEdit

VideosEdit

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