YPAD courses empower dance professionals with educational resources for a safe and sustainable future for the dance industry.

  • Proven Best Practices

    Discover best practices for a happy, healthy and safe dance environments

  • Evidence Based Research

    Learn from YPAD's experts and advisors

  • Leading the Industry

    Join us in leading the industry in providing happy, healthy and safe dance environments


“Chicago Tap Theatre believes that dance students deserve well-trained teachers with an understanding that dance education is way more than knowing a few steps. Misty Lown and her team at YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) are doing something about it, by offering online courses that 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. Chicago Tap Theatre is proud to stand with them in believing that the dance field is ready to take the next step, and that a common set of standards is a great place to start!”

Mark Yonally, Chicago Tap TheatreMark Yonally, Chicago Tap Theatre

“If you haven't done YPAD training yet, do it. We had a loaded gun incident at the local high school this morning (everything is okay). But the thought that something could happen so close, is so scary. As hard as it was to imagine and read about all the "what to do's" in YPAD training, I am proud that we did, because "It's better to know and not need than to need and not know". Thank you YPAD team for all the great knowledge in the YPAD course! ”

Kate Moody, Studio OwnerKate Moody, Studio Owner

“The education provided by YPAD is necessary and covers so many topics that most dance teachers don’t realize they need. In my honest opinion, if every teacher had this education, we would be well on our way to setting self-guided, industry standards that are on par with schools and other child-centered activities that put safety and wellness first. Kudos all who have had a hand in developing such a fabulous education!”

Tricia Gomez, Rhythm Works Integrative DanceTricia Gomez, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance

“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