Natalie Allen

Destiny AllenNatalie N. Allen also known as Destiny first became involved in dance at the Eagle Hall Primary in Barbados for her Primary School graduation which she thoroughly enjoyed. During her secondary school education at the Combermere School, she continued to seek out opportunities to experience the world of dance. Dance at that point in time was a part of the School’s Dramatic Society, an after school extra curricular activity. After leaving school, her interest in dance increased and she signed up for yet another class with Dance Nationale Afrique which she participated in until having her Born Again experience.

Natalie had always wondered at the time how she would have merged her interest in dance with that of being a new Christian. However, at the People’s Cathedral in Barbados where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour, dance was finally introduced as part of the Drama Ministry. She was all too thrilled at this new introduction and wasted no time in becoming involved in the Dance Ministry there.

Natalie’s introduction to choreography first started at the Full Gospel Assembly in Barbados, during her time there as Youth Leader. She can still recall the first time she choreographed a dance piece for a small group of young people at the Assembly. After ministering the piece at the local assembly, they were afforded the opportunity to minister that same piece sometime later at the Abundant Life Assembly, Barbados. Additionally, the young dancers ministered at the People’s Cathedral and at an Obadele Thompson Appreciation event held at the Queens College School Hall for the wider viewing public; which was highlighted on national television.

Attending Caribbean Christ For the Nations Institute in 1999-2000 in Jamaica did not hinder her dance experience but propelled her even more and peaked her interest. There she began participating in Interpretive & Liturgical Dance instructed by Rev. Stephanie Butler of Spirit of Praise Sacred Artistry, International. This season was an inner battle in the area of dance for Natalie. She didn’t know personally how her spiritual gifts would merge with dance at the time. At that juncture, she decided to stop attending dance classes and would spend the time in her dorm room in prayer and fasting. To her amazement, the one thing she had laid aside is exactly the one thing God took up and used mightily at the end of her school year there. She heard the voice of God speaking expressly concerning the matter that very day. “There will be certain doors that will only open for you through dance but as you walk through them the same anointing that would reach the people from a pulpit will reach them through the dance.” The voice of God heard while sitting on the chapel floor that day of the then Caribbean Christ for the Nations Institute in Jamaica, settled the matter for Natalie. The rest is history.

In the year 2000, Natalie was led to start the Praise and Worship Dance Team at the Family Worship Centre in Barbados and would minister alongside the singers on Sunday mornings during the Praise and Worship Service. Weekly ministry training would also be held with the teaching of the Word and ministry to the dance ministers on Saturday afternoons in preparation for the Sunday morning Praise and Worship Service. This is where her gift for designing and sewing Praise Dance Apparel was birthed.

After her marriage in 2001 to her Montserratian husband, Natalie took up permanent residency in Montserrat and became a member of the Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church. This is where the Shekinah Dance Ministries was established and led by her. There she instructed in the Word and ministered to the team on Saturday afternoons. Natalie choreographed dance pieces for the dancers and was also the designer for the ministry’s Praise Dance Apparel inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Shekinah Dancers oftentimes ministered before the local congregation, nationally and also had the privilege to minister both for a “Dance-A –Thon” in Dominica and “Expressions” hosted by Youth for Christ in Antigua.

Natalie was tied for 1st place in the Poetic Rhythm Competition in 2003 which was broadcast on national television in the island of Montserrat. During the competition she performed Liturgical Dances and was accompanied by her husband in two pieces.

In 2004, Natalie pursued online dance studies with Virtue Dance Academy founded & directed by Professor Marilyn Deveaux of Nassau, Bahamas. There she studied Electronic Media Development, Study Management & Leadership Practice, Ministry Development, Professional Development, Dance Theology & Dance History. Additionally, Natalie was exposed to Effective Dance Instruction from the Dominion Dancer Technique Manual Series in Ballet Technique. On completion of her studies, Natalie received her Diploma in Christian Dance Studies from the Virtue Dance Academy.

In April 2004 she pioneered her own dance program on the island of Montserrat under the name DanceExcell catering to dancers from ages four to adults. DanceExcell staged major productions on the island of Montserrat featuring dances in many genres such as Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, Steppin, Hip Hop, Liturgical and more. The DanceExcell productions gained a reputation of its own and received incredible reviews over the years. The dances were always highly commended for outstanding costuming which became the icing on the cake. Furthermore, Natalie choreographed opening dances for National Queen Shows & Teenage Pageants over the years and many other events held on the island. She worked personally with pageant contestants teaching choreographies for their talent segments. For many years Natalie was involved in teaching dance at the island’s Summer School Program which culminated with a presentation of the childrens' dance work before other summer school participants, parents and supporters. Since then, many past DanceExcell students who would have discovered & developed their dance skills through the dance program have also gone on to further their studies in dance; some have been teaching dance and choreographing dance works on island and further afield.

Natalie became the Itinerant Dance Teacher for the Ministry of Education in Montserrat after working as a classroom teacher for three years. She taught dance to both Primary School students as part of the Primary School curriculum and to Secondary School children as an Extra Curricular Activity from September 2007 to January 2014. During these years, she taught dance as a Performing Art, designed costumes & choreographed numerous pieces for the Schools’ Christmas Concerts and Graduations, Biannual Arts Festivals, CXC and Cape Awards Ceremonies, and Cheer Leading Routines for the Joint Primary Schools Sports Meet.

Natalie is presently the Visionary of Virtuosity International, a cutting edge & thriving organization which caters holistically to women across the globe. Natalie serves ladies within the Kingdom of God through her role as Personal Image Consultant & Life Coach. Her Kingdom mentality which she makes no excuses or apologies for helps to deliver women by bringing them out of their Personal Egypts (a place of bondage) and leading them into their Personal Promised Lands (that place of freedom & liberty).

Natalie is happily married to Pastor Toney Allen of the Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, Brades, Montserrat & Spanish teacher for the Government of Montserrat serving at the Montserrat Secondary School. They are the proud parents of gifted and talented twin boys - Natone Joshua and Toney-Lee Elijah.

Natalie is graced both spiritually and technically to ably aid and guide Dance Ministers and Ministries. She serves by assisting ministries to function according to their unique Heavenly Blueprint. Her skills to date help to sharpen and equip Dance Ministers and aid in setting the ‘House of Dance’ in divine order so that the authentic manifested glory of God can flow without hindrance. Natalie’s assignments vary from assisting in the revamping of Dance Ministries where there were false starts to working alongside the founders, directors and artistic ministers to ensure that the ministry radiates God’s glory and is a sweet smelling savour in the nostrils of the Heavenly Father.