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Our Y.P.A.D.

Certified Standards


  • 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

guiDANCE adjudicators are not only YPAD Certified but have completed additional training specifically for judges. All guiDANCE judges have been awarded the

YPAD Certified Adjudicator Seal

Our mission is to nurture self-esteem and build positive communities.

YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance is an organization dedicated to building empowered dance communities and keeping youth happy, healthy and safe in all dance environments. 

YPAD's focus is on providing 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.