‘It’s surreal’: Tacoma woman performs with Usher in Super Bowl LVIII halftime show

Payton Thomas has been dancing since she was 8 years old and currently teaches classes at the YMCA in Tacoma.

LAS VEGAS — The Seahawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but one Tacoma woman is representing Washington at the big game. Payton Thomas was selected to perform with Usher during the halftime show. 

Payton said she started performing around age 8 at the Tacoma Boys and Girls Club. There, she fell in love with dance.  

“I remember the first time learning choreography from a choreographer, and from then on, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I love dancing.’ This is me in my element, truly,” she

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