Bridget Payne
(Artistic Director)

began her Ballet training in Manitowoc Wisconsin with Jean Wolfmeyer. At 14 years old she began training at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. After graduating in 1987, she began an 8 year performing career with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has performed soloist and leading roles in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella; Willam Christensen's the Nutcracker; Paul Taylor's Company B; Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake; multiple works by Balanchine; and more. In 1995 she was invited by Ben Stevenson to teach at the internationally aclaimed Houston Ballet Academy, where she received the distinction of Principal Teacher in both their Pre-professional and Professional Divisions. She shares over 24 years of performing and teaching experience with our students.


Jim Payne
(Artistic Director)

trained with legend Michael Fokine's great niece, Nina Marlow, in Phoenix Arizona, and on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School. His performing career spanned 11 years, beginning with Ballet West in Salt Lake City. In 1994, he was invited by Ben Stevenson to join the world renowned Houston Ballet where he ended his performing career as a Soloist in 2000. He has performed the roles of Albrecht in Giselle; the title role of Eugene Loring's Billy the Kid; the Prince in Cinderella; the prince in Ben Stevenson's the Nutcracker; the principal male role in William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; soloist role in Glen Tetley's Rite of Spring; as well as Principal and Soloist roles in works by Ben Stevenson, Christopher Bruce, Paul Taylor, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Helgi Tomasson, Peter Martins, Willam Christensen, Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre, Balanchine, and Petipa.


     
Bridget Payne
(Artistic Director)
began her Ballet training in Manitowoc Wisconsin with Jean Wolfmeyer. At 14 years old she began training at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. After graduating in 1987, she began an 8 year performing career with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has performed soloist and leading roles in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella; Willam Christensen's the Nutcracker; Paul Taylor's Company B; Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake; multiple works by Balanchine; and more. In 1995 she was invited by Ben Stevenson to teach at the internationally aclaimed Houston Ballet Academy, where she received the distinction of Principal Teacher in both their Pre-professional and Professional Divisions. She shares over 24 years of performing and teaching experience with our students. Headshot: Bridget Payne
Jim Payne
(Artistic Director)
trained with legend Michael Fokine's great niece, Nina Marlow, in Phoenix Arizona, and on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School. His performing career spanned 11 years, beginning with Ballet West in Salt Lake City. In 1994, he was invited by Ben Stevenson to join the world renowned Houston Ballet where he ended his performing career as a Soloist in 2000. He has performed the roles of Albrecht in Giselle; the title role of Eugene Loring's Billy the Kid; the Prince in Cinderella; the prince in Ben Stevenson's the Nutcracker; the principal male role in William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; soloist role in Glen Tetley's Rite of Spring; as well as Principal and Soloist roles in works by Ben Stevenson, Christopher Bruce, Paul Taylor, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Helgi Tomasson, Peter Martins, Willam Christensen, Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre, Balanchine, and Petipa. Headshot: Jim Payne

 

Bridget Payne
(Artistic Director) Headshot: Bridget Payne

began her Ballet training in Manitowoc Wisconsin with Jean Wolfmeyer. At 14 years old she began training at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. After graduating in 1987, she began an 8 year performing career with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has performed soloist and leading roles in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella; Willam Christensen's the Nutcracker; Paul Taylor's Company B; Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake; multiple works by Balanchine; and more. In 1995 she was invited by Ben Stevenson to teach at the internationally aclaimed Houston Ballet Academy, where she received the distinction of Principal Teacher in both their Pre-professional and Professional Divisions. She shares over 24 years of performing and teaching experience with our students.


Jim Payne
(Artistic Director) Headshot: Jim Payne

trained with legend Michael Fokine's great niece, Nina Marlow, in Phoenix Arizona, and on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School. His performing career spanned 11 years, beginning with Ballet West in Salt Lake City. In 1994, he was invited by Ben Stevenson to join the world renowned Houston Ballet where he ended his performing career as a Soloist in 2000. He has performed the roles of Albrecht in Giselle; the title role of Eugene Loring's Billy the Kid; the Prince in Cinderella; the prince in Ben Stevenson's the Nutcracker; the principal male role in William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; soloist role in Glen Tetley's Rite of Spring; as well as Principal and Soloist roles in works by Ben Stevenson, Christopher Bruce, Paul Taylor, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Helgi Tomasson, Peter Martins, Willam Christensen, Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre, Balanchine, and Petipa.