Payton Ackerman is an American Teen dancer for Abby Lee Miller Dance Company who was in the second season of Lifetime’s Dance Moms. Payton Ackerman has gone from being a teen dancer on a reality show to a professional with unparalleled skills. Likewise, she is also an actress and has starred in movies.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Payton Ackerman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on August 24, 1997. She is 23 years old and is under the birth sign, Virgo. She holds the American nationality.
Her father’s name is Greg Ackerman and her mother’s name is Leslie Ackerman. She also has an older sister whose name is Taylor Ackerman and a brother whose name is Connor. Likewise, she has shared many pictures along with her parents and her siblings on her Instagram account page. It seems as if she is really close to both of her parents and her siblings as well. Moreover, her sister is a professional dancer.
Regarding her educational background and qualification, Payton graduated from Upper St. Clair High School, Pennsylvania in the year 2015. Moreover, considering her age, she must be attending the university. Unless she is a dropout or decided to quit further studies.
Career and Professional Life
Payton Ackerman began dancing at the Abby Lee Dance Company when she was just 11 years old. She was trained and later found herself dancing for “Reign Dance Productions”. In the year 2011, the reality TV show, “Dance Moms” debuted on Lifetime. The vicious attitude of leading teacher Abbey Lee Miller coupled with the drama. And exceptional dancing by young dancers made the show a hit and caught the attention of Payton.
Payton was already under the tutelage of Abbey Lee Miller. So in the year 2012, she jumped right in at the chance to be a part of the second season of the dance show. Likewise, Payton Ackerman became part of the “Abbey Lee Dance Company (ALDC)” at the age of 10. Then they joined “Dance Moms” when she was 14 years old. However, her journey in the show was anything but smooth.
Being taller than all the other contestants, Payton was often harshly criticized on camera by Miller. It didn’t help that her mother even got into constant bickering matches with Miller and physical fights with Christi Lukasiak. Consequently, the show was edited in such a manner that, Payton got portrayed as a spoilt brat, bully, and immature. However, in reality, she was friends with a number of girls and that continued even after she left the show.
Near the end of the season, Payton was left out of the “Dance Moms” competition team because of her height, in spite of being one of the best dancers. And, this was the last straw for her mother, who decided that Abbey Miller’s treatment of Payton was unfair. Then, she left the show. Moreover, due to interference from her mother, her journey ended even though Miller asked her to come back. However, Payton’s stint at “Dance Moms” gave her enough exposure to become a household name.
More About Career…
Payton Ackerman later returned to “ALDC” to become a teacher in the year 2015. And, in an interview, she explained that her relationship with Abbey was not bad at all and much of the drama on the show was not what it looked like. In fact, she even credited Miller for teaching her not only to dance, the tricks of the industry but also for being a second mother to her.
Likewise, she eventually left “ALDC” on good terms, to move to LA and pursue an individual career. Moreover, in spite of a prolonged absence from reality TV, Payton not only worked hard but managed to craft a successful career for herself. In the year 2014, she was featured in Todrick Hall’s music video “Freaks Like Me”. The next year she was seen in the short film “High Hello” as well. Payton received critical acclaim for her performance.
However, dancing remains Payton’s one true passion and on April 30, 2018, she performed live at Australian singer, Magenta Harley’s live show at “The Federal” in NoHo. Besides these, she also enjoys a star status on social media platforms, especially, Instagram. Her regular posts on lifestyle and travels have garnered a massive following of 594K followers. She also uses the platform to post hip-hop dance videos performing alongside other professionals like Marissa Heart at the ‘Playground LA’ dance studio, which shows her continuing success as a professional dancer.
Furthermore, Payton Ackerman also owned a Youtube channel. However, she has stopped sharing videos on her channel. She posted the last video on her channel in the year 2019. Likewise, she is also active on other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Payton Ackerman is dating Logan Stork. And they met each other at school. And since then, they have been together until now. Likewise, Payton shares a lot of cute and adorable pictures along with her boyfriend on her respective social accounts pages. Moreover, she also used to feature him on her Youtube videos before. However, they have still been going strong and are very much in love and happy to be with each other.
Payton has a height of 5 feet 4 inches whereas her weight is 54Kg. Her other body measurements such as chest size, waist size, and hip size are 34-24-33 inches respectively. Likewise, she has black hair and dark greyish-green eyes. Moreover, she is a very beautiful person.
Social Media and Net Worth
Payton is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She has garnered 594K followers on Instagram and 54.3K followers Twitter. Moreover, she has 44.9K subscribers on her Youtube channel and also owns a Facebook account.
According to trendcelebsnow, she has a net worth of $1million-$5million. Her main income source is her career as a dancer. Likewise, she also used to earn from her Youtube channel before.