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Biographical
Gender: Female
Born: August 24, 1997[1]
Age: 17
Height: 5'4"
Occupation: Dancer
Student
School
Grade:
12th in 2014/2015[2]
Affiliations: Reign Dance Productions
Abby Lee Dance Company
Friends and Family
Parents: Leslie Ackerman (mother)
Greg Ackerman (father)
Siblings: Taylor Ackerman (older sister)
Connor Ackerman (older brother)
Friends: Brooke Hyland
Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Brandon Pent
Kendall Vertes
Gianna Martello
Nick Dobbs
Pets: Higgins (dog)[3]
Topaz (cat)[4]
Wizard (cat)[4]
Episode Run
First: The Competition Begins
Last: Girl Talk
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Payton Alexandra[3] Ackerman is a long time Abby Lee Dance Company dancer introduced to the show in season two.

Abby has said that she was not born with great feet, flexibility, or legs; but she has made herself a strong competition dancer with her work ethic, coming to class early and giving 110%.

In Dance Moms

Season One

Payton was first seen in the background in many episodes in season one, usually in class.

Season Two

  • Payton reappeared in season two, where she auditioned to fill in the spot Vivi-Anne created when Cathy pulled her from Abby's studio. The spot ultimately went to Kendall Vertes. Abby says she is simply too big, and the only way she would make a good fit with the younger girls would be to "cut her in half."
  • Payton was added to the main group in episode four to replace Brooke, but taken out in the next episode when Brooke decided to come back. She then returned to the team in Episode Seventeen when Brooke decided to go to her school's formal dance instead of attending the Star Power competition. The moms are unhappy about Payton taking Brooke's place because there have been rumors of Payton bullying their daughters.
  • In Jill on the Rampage Payton with her mother both are portrayed as mean and rude on the show. She tries out for Candy Apple's Dance Center in episode six, but it is unknown if she will be on their team, as she was reluctant to join when Cathy told her she would be able to. Payton didn't like the fact that it would take so long to drive out to the studio, and that none of her friends were there. It is shown in Maddie Has A Secret that Payton decided to stay at Abby's.
  • In Worst Birthday Party Ever! Abby tells the girls Payton was in the group number because the theme of it was too mature for Mackenzie. She gets a solo when Leslie asks after they notice Chloe isn't present because of a field trip. At the competition when Payton is called for her solo, she says she doesn't think she had enough preparation. Leslie thinks Payton did well even though she didn't have enough practice time. Abby asks Leslie how she did and she tells her Payton hadn't gotten enough time to practice. Leslie thinks that if the group didn't do well, the moms would blame Payton, but the dance places first and Payton's solo receives seventh place.
  • In The Recital to End All Recitals Abby puts Payton in the hip hop number because she didn't think the girls were doing well with it. In the recital, Payton was in fifteen numbers and because each had a quick change, Payton wondered how she was going to do it. Leslie complains to Abby about the line-up and how it affected Payton and Abby tells her she was going to fix it.

Season Three

  • During Christi and Kelly's fight in Boy Crazy, Mom Crazy, she was seen in senior company rehearsal.
  • In Tap Versus Hip Hop she was seen helping Chloe with her hip hip routine. Later her mother, Leslie, said she was staying 15 minutes late to help Chloe rehearse her solo.

Season Four

  • In Welcome Back... Now Don't Get Too Comfy, Payton became officially a team member of the Abby Lee Dance Company's elite competition team. She competes with them at Sheer Talent in Wheeling, West Virginia in the group dance "Girlz Night Out." However, she has a meltdown in the dressing room when Leslie physically forces her headpiece through her hair.
  • In Two Can Play This Game Payton is put at the bottom of the pyramid for her behavior in the previous episode and competes with the team in a dance called "Just Another Number". She does well, but Leslie and Abby's argument toward the end of the episode lands Payton a spot on the bottom of the pyramid in the next episode.
  • In Abby Strikes Back Payton is put at the bottom of the pyramid due to her mother's behavior toward Abby, and she is set to her perform in the group number "Smells Like Team Spirit." Unfortunately, she injures her ankle minutes before the group is set to perform and the group number has to get re-blocked.
  • At pyramid in Sister Showdown, Abby gives Payton criticisms and Payton flees the room upset. Abby speaks with Payton in the den, telling her that she is a rock-star at the studio; Payton says that she keeps coming back because she loves Abby, loves the people there and loves dancing; Abby says Payton needs to toughen up because the treatment of dancers in the professional world is not gentle. Payton is eventually the lead role in a drag queen group routine, and is praised by Abby for her performance.
  • In Decisions Decisions, Payton is cut from the group dance due to costume shortages. At the competition, she is scheduled for a solo, but is kicked out with her mother when Leslie uses and repeats a swear word. An episode extra shows that Payton's costume at the competition did not fit.

Appearances

Season One

Season Two

Season 3

Season 4

Pyramid

Season 2A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 
 Payton  N/A Bottom Removed

Season 3B

Episode  22   23   28   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37 
 Payton  N/A Bottom N/A Bottom(?) N/A Bottom

Season 4

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13 
 Payton  Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom N/A Bottom Middle

Pre-Dance Moms Dances

Solos

  • One Track Mind (Full dance)
  • Sinking Feeling
  • Love Game

Duets

Group Dances

Dance Moms Dances

Solos

Season 2.5

Episode Dance Name Dance Style Place
Worst Birthday Party Ever! Eternally Jazz 7th in audio/officially
(2nd in caption)

Season 4

Episode Dance Name Dance Style Place
Dance Moms Cares Special Can You Predict the Future?
I Hear You
Jazz 2nd
Decisions Decisions Femme Fatale Jazz Pulled

Group Dances

Season 2

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
No One Likes A Bully What Comes Around Contemporary Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
did not place

Season 2.5

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
Maddie Has a Secret The Huntress
Keep This For You
Contemporary Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
2nd
Worst Birthday Party Ever! All Kids Go Contemporary Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Maddie Ziegler
1st
The Recital to End All Recitals Light My Fire Hip hop Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
not applicable

Season 3.5

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
Clash of the Dance Moms Open Waters
Swim
Contemporary Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Asia Monet Ray
1st
The Dancing Dead On the Verge
Child's Heart
Contemporary Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
Asia Monet Ray
Mackenzie Ziegler
4th
Gone, Abby Gone Just Be Lyrical Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Maddie Ziegler
Asia Monet Ray
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
1st
Dance Moms Cares Special New Day Lyrical Mackenzie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
Nia Frazier
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Several other studios
1st

Season 4

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
Welcome Back... Now Don't Get Too Comfy Girlz Night Out
Girls Night Out (GNO)
Jazz Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
3rd
Two Can Play This Game Just Another Number
Looking
Contemporary Nia Frazier
Paige Hyland
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
1st
Sister Showdown Lift You Up Musical Theater Nia Frazier
Maddie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
Mackenzie Ziegler
Kendall Vertes
1st

Trivia

  • Her favorite color is yellow.[3]
  • Two of her favorite movies include Halloweentown[5] and 50 First Dates.[6]
  • Payton and her sister Taylor attended the ALDC since around 2007, making a two-hour drive to get there.[7][8]
  • Payton's sister Taylor danced for Taylor Swift at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.[9] Taylor also performed as part of the "Abby Lee Professional Dance Company" during the first season finale of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Taylor is represented by Bloc LA talent agency and currently on VH1's "Hit the Floor"
  • According to Abby, Payton is one of the best hip-hop dancers in her studio.
  • She is billed to be in the film High Hello, with Sarah Reasons, Brandon Chang and Hannah Hayward, to be released in 2015.
  • Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • Payton, along with several other members of the Dance Moms cast, appeared and starred in Todrick Hall's video "Freaks Like Me" as Maleficent. It was released on July 3rd, 2014. The music video can be seen in full here.
  • In 2014, she is accepting fan mail at: 7123 Saltsburg Rd. Pgh. PA 15235[10]. (This is the address of Abby's studio building.)[11]

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