About A Time to Dance
A Note from Elya Coleman – Owner of ATTD
In 1992 as a young child I walked into A Time to Dance studio ready to start my first dance lesson in my first pair of ballet shoes with my first dance teacher, Mrs. Pam. Little did I know that this dance studio would change my life forever.
One of the reasons I get so excited each time I see a new little dancer walk through our doors is because I was once that little girl, so excited to meet my teacher and put my dance outfit on. I know that the love and joy I felt growing up at A Time to Dance has helped shape who I am today. So when I see new dancers, I see precious children with the hope of a future in front of them! What a blessing it is that we get to be part of their journey by doing what we love, teaching dance and inspiring students to be all they were created to be!
I am honored to be stepping in as owner of A Time to Dance Studio.
I LOVE dancing, I love teaching what I love! I am beyond blessed and I want every dancer that walks through our doors and dances on our floors to be filled with joy and to know that they are valued and precious to us at A Time to Dance Studio!
Mrs. Pam’s Testimony
Original Founder of A Time to Dance 1990
A mentor friend once told me “Pam, God has been preparing you all your life for this.” As most little girls who come through our doors I too, begged my parents for Ballet lessons. I wanted a pink tutu like the girls next door, whose grandmother owned a danced studio. One might say that’s coincidence…I believe it is providence. As God’s word says in Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you…” The Lord put a desire in my heart as a child to dance; it’s all I ever wanted to do. I was passionate and driven, setting goals and reaching for the stars! And what an exciting season it was, full of travel, performing experiences and opportunities of a lifetime!
But something was missing, and quite honestly it took a season of laying down my pompoms, trophies, crowns and performing. I found a new joy and fulfillment as a wife and mother, my sweetest audience and greatest honor. I knew I needed direction and I found that through God’s word. It was a new season of growth! As a young wife and mother I fell in love with God’s word and trusted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” Soon the Lord started putting a passion in my heart again for dance. I prayed and asked Him to show me how to combine my love for dance, children and Gods word. It was then I realized I wanted to give it back. Dance had been gift from God my whole life, He had used so many people to pour into me, encouraging me to pursue my dreams.
A few years later A Time to Dance was birthed! The first teacher I hired was Teresa Cooper, who choreographed our first ‘praise’ dance and the rest is history! Now twenty-two years later I still love dance and pink tutus, but my greatest joy is the children. I am most comfortable in this season of life, on the dance floor… as a teacher. In front of an audience… presenting our dancers. Behind a microphone… with my Bible open sharing God’s Word! “… To everything there is a season… A Time to Dance “ Ecc 3:4