A Ballerina’s Testimony
by Pamela Gauthier
This story is about the self-control it took to wait on God for the fulfillment of a dream until it became reality. It all started when I was about seven or eight. My mom took me to a school of ballet to become a dancer, but the fear of being left there alone overcame the passion to dance. It seemed the opportunity was lost.
Around my freshman year of high school I began to feel the passion to dance again. I was in and out of modern dance programs throughout my high school and college years, but nothing became of it. I truly thought the dream had died. Years passed and I was now married with two girls, Jamie and Jessica. Naturally, I desired to put them in dance school. I’d recently accepted Christ and didn’t want to put them in any program that I felt dishonored God. Although this dream was very important to me, their purity was my highest priority. The girls eventually became teens and they danced in our church’s youth group. Later, my oldest son Joshua followed suit as a hiphop dancer for
the younger kids’ group at church. My youngest son Joseph was a baby at this time. My husband, Ronnie, and I were satisfied. We felt that since our children were also homeschooled, this involvement in the youth group was the perfect balance. Although I was happy my children were finally in decent dance programs, I still couldn’t shake my personal desire andpassion to dance. I wondered – was it too late for me? The opportunity still had not yet presented itself. Not long afterward, Cammie Manuel, the youth dance teacher from church, approached us and informed us that Joshua had a natural talent. Cammie owned a dance school and asked if he could dance in her academy recital as a guest hip-hop dancer. We were thrilled and supported him as a family. This opportunity led to him and the girls enrolling in her school, Divine Dance Academy, the following year. We had finally found the right fit! Then the unthinkable happened. Just when I thought it was over for me, my dream was resurrected. Cammie asked me to join the adult class at the academy. I was 49 years of age and had no ballet experience whatsoever. My whole world changed in that moment. I was able to dance with each of my children year after year at this school where the name of Jesus was lifted up with no compromise. Needless to say, bringing Him glory as a family unit fulfilled my dreams. Fast forward to today … my girls are now married with children. I’m now in my 10th year of dance and have come to realize the masterpiece God was making of our family. As for God, His ways are perfect and so is His timing.