Our mission is to honor the whole dancer, build positive communities
and offer a truly family-friendly environment that lets kids be kids.
Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.) is dedicated
to building empowered dance communities and keeping youth
happy, healthy and safe in all dance environments.
Y.P.A.D.' provides dance studios, conventions, competitions, instructors, dance professionals, parents, community members and dancers with the support, education, tools and resources they need to make healthy emotional and physical choices.
We align and work in partnership to make this a reality at guiDANCE events.
BEING YPAD CERTIFIED MEANS
ALL CORE STAFF & FACULTY ARE:
mandated reporters/trained in prevention of abuse
positive role models in body image, language and behaivior
trained in emotional health, physical safety and psychology of injury
understanding of nutrition and eating disorders
committed to age appropriate artistic choices in music, costumes, movement and concepts
healthy and safe social media practices