The Atlanta-born dancer is a living legend in the entertainment industry. Travis Payne started dancing at 4 years old. By 16, he established himself as a working professional dancer. Fueled by explosive energy and unwavering passion, Payne made the star-studded Los Angeles the launchpad of his career at the age of 19. 

 

Through extensive training, Payne transformed his body into a vessel of the human experience. Despite the breadth of his craft, his performances rarely (if ever) fail to be less than exceptional.

 

His first major break as a dancer was in Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour. From there, the demand for his talent skyrocketed. He went on to dance for artists like Prince, En Vogue, and Debbie Allen, and choreographed performances for Madonna, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Abdul, Faith Hill, and Ricky Martin.  

 

Notable Awards and Recognitions

  • The youngest inductee to the Gallery of Greats
  • Two-time recipient of the Music Video Producers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
  • Four-time winner of the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography, including the award for Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson’s music video/short film “Scream”
  • Two-time Emmy Award winner, including his work on the iconic MTV Awards opening segment in 1995 with Michael Jackson
  • Obie award for his trailblazing choreography and imaging for The Gap’s “Khaki Swings” campaign