YPAD courses are the foremost, research based, educational courses for dance professionals and the dance industry as a whole. The intention of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® is to provide dance professionals with the skills and resources to protect and develop healthy, happy dancers. Through the use of online courses, YPAD courses educate dance studios and communities worldwide on the core elements in constructing an environment focused on the well-being of kids and a sustainable, safe future for dance.

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“Youth Protection Advocates In Dance® is the leading industry designation that all studio owners need to invest in. While we may hold a variety of views on how and what to teach to make “a good dancer”, we need to come together as a community of practice to honor the facts that make us “great studios”. One of the greatest sources of pride I have as a studio owner is hearing my studio families talk about their pride in the distinction of our YPAD certified studio, as it shows that it absolutely matters and forever will. ”

Jill W. - Studio OwnerJill W. - Studio Owner

“Youth Protection Advocates In Dance® certification is evidence to families that we are committed to keeping kids happy, healthy, and safe in dance. It is comforting to know that as challenging issues arise, YPAD is there to support and guide to ensure we are doing what's right for our students. Thank you to Youth Protection Advocates In Dance® for leading the dance industry in this vital endeavor!”

Darcy F. - Studio OwnerDarcy F. - Studio Owner

“Becoming YPAD certified was an eye-opening and confidence boosting experience. We have the unique privilege of molding young people into confident, talented, and mature artists. Youth Protection Advocates In Dance® training allows studios to re-frame how we think about dancers' bodies, emotions and self-concepts and how we as teachers and directors influence them. ”

Anna T. - Instructor Anna T. - Instructor

“Being a part of a YPAD certified studio has given me the tools that I need to communicate my studio's values. I know exactly where we stand on things like costumes, music choices and movements and where we are not willing to compromise. I'm thankful to have grown up in a studio that puts kids first and stands by keeping them safe! ”

Natalie H. . - DancerNatalie H. . - Dancer

“ YPAD has shown me how to be more body positive. I feel like I've matured more since our studio became YPAD Certified. I am thankful for the opportunity to have gone through YPAD training. ”

Tia W. -DancerTia W. -Dancer



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