Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne is from San Clemente, California. She received her training at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. In 2015, she joined Tulsa Ballet’s second company and was promoted into the main company the following year, where she continued to dance until joining Colorado Ballet in 2020. Jessica graduated in the spring of 2020 with her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

San Clemente, California

Dance training and awards:
Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy under the direction of Dmitri and Jennifer Kulev
Summer programs with Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet
Youth America Grand Prix regionals- first place in the classical division 2010, 2011, 2012

Joined Colorado Ballet:

Selected roles and ballets:
Crystal Fountain Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty
David Dawson’s Million Kisses to my Skin
Val Caniparoli’s Prawn Watching
Ben Stevenson’s Dracula
Adam Houghland’s Cripple and the Starfish
Annabella Ochoa Lopez’s Shibuya Blues
Andre Prokovsky's The Three Musketeers
Alexander Ekman’s Cacti
Derek Deane’s Strictly Gerswhin
Ma Cong’s Glass Figures
George Balanchine’s Serenade
Garrett Smith’s Fading Figures
Kurt Jooss’s Green Table
John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew
Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free
Romeo and Juliet
Don Quixote
Swan Lake

Photo 1: Jessica Payne in Don Quixote by Francisco Estevez
Photo 2: Jessica Payne in The Sleeping Beauty by Kate Luber


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