About Us

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Payette's' School of Dance

Payette’s School of Dance has been in the community for decades. Generations of families have danced here and we are committed to providing a family atmosphere.


Who Are We:

 Founded in 1987, Payette’s School of Dance is involved in different events and services for the community. From the YMCA, Victorian Country Christmas shows, to the Puyallup Fair for 30+ years. We are a part of the community and after school programs in the Puyallup School District. 


What We Do: 

We put a lot of effort into our classes and families while having fun at PSD. Our goal is to make sure you’ll have a great experience while learning leadership skills.


Our Mission:

 We are committed to helping our students achieve their dream to dance.


Payette Still -Director
Payette continuously strives to improve the art of dance. She began at the age of four. She realized her life calling to follow her love of teaching. This path brought her into the role of a studio director, and the founding of PSD since 1987.
 

Her credentials are well founded and she continues to broaden her education and resources whenever possible. Payette’s ballet background features both the Russian and Cecchetti Methods under the direction of Katherine Cleghorn of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company; Ray Bussey, Patti White Wilson, Melinda Sheldahl and Flemming Halby. Payette pursued her Modern/Jazz education on the California scene. Studies include the University of California of Irvine and a move to Hollywood to study directly with Joe Tremaine and staff at the Tremaine studio. Jazz studies in the Northwest also include: The LAB with Ray Bussey, Flemming Halby and staff. Workshops and continuing education with David Nash, Jerry Tassin David Silverman, Jo Emery, Frank Bays, Richard Gibbs, and Deborah Hadley.
 

Payette has a love for musical theatre and has choreographed numerous pieces at Burien HS, Burien Little Theatre, North Seattle CC and other community performances as well as over 25 Full Featured Original Story Ballets.
 

Payette also has a deep love of fine art and started studying over 15 years ago. Now having much success in Galleries and is passing along her talents to students of all ages.
 

Payette personifies versatility, creativity and showmanship. She enjoys seeing a child’s eyes light up with the soul of a dancer or artist.