Our Y.P.A.D.

Certified Standards

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: 

  • background checked
     

  • 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

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Our intention is to unite a community committed to a culture of respect.  Our vision is
for each guiDANCE experience, 
online or in person, to provide an environment and a 
platform for healthy educational experiences and expressions for youth in dance.

 

We  believe it is possible to have a dance experience that lets kids be kids,
encourages community building, artistic expression and honors and promotes
 an evolution of positive elements of the dance competition & convention experience.

© 2020 guiDANCE experience, LLC

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