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Beauty is Not a Measurement: Your Guide to Costume Measuring

  YPAD Advisory Panel Member, Tiffany Prout-Leitao, has had many years of experiencing costume measuring, as both a dancer and studio owner. Tiffany shares with us her experience and guidelines for efficient, confidence boosting costume measuring. For most dancers getting costumes is the most exciting day of the year. Some students ask the first day…


Commentary: The cutthroat reality of high-level sports for children

EMAAD RAZZAK NOVEMBER 22, 2017 Elite sports for children require high-levels of commitment and competitiveness. These teams operate like businesses. With payments, recruitment, uniforms, tournaments, practices, schedules, registration, and responsibilities, a lot of money, time, and resources put into it, children work very hard to be able to play on these teams. Many parents will have…


Parents outraged as Franklin dance instructor accused of statutory rape with 14-year-old

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Franklin Police said they’re concerned there may be more victims after the arrest of a popular dance instructor on Thursday night. Ross McCord was charged with multiple sex charges including aggravated statutory rape and exploitation of a minor involving a 14-year-old girl. Renowned dance teacher Leslie Scott said student dance is a multi-billion dollar industry,…


Police arrest man suspected of touching girls inappropriately at Morgan Hill dance performance

A 36-year-old man suspected of touching two girls inappropriately backstage at a dance performance at Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill was arrested by police. Kevin Cole, 36, of Newark, was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of multiple counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18, according to a Morgan Hill police press release.…


Franklin dance teacher charged with rape of teen, police seeking other victims

Franklin police fear there may be other victims after a youth dance teacher was arrested Thursday on rape charges involving a 14-year-old girl. (Photo: Franklin Police Department) The instructor, 29-year-old Ross McCord, of Brentwood, has been indicted on four counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, four counts of aggravated statutory rape, solicitation of sexual exploitation…


Ballet chief Peter Martins under investigation after sexual harassment allegations

New York City Ballet and its school are probing an anonymous claim against the director. The New York City Ballet and its affiliated training arm, the School of American Ballet, are investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Peter Martins, who heads both institutions, according to statements issued Monday night. Martins, 71, has been removed from…


This Costume Company Is Dedicated to Diverse and Age-Appropriate Catalogs. Here’s Why.

YPAD and Curtain Call are featured in this article from Dance Studio Life Magazine:   Which costume catalog would be representative of most studios’ student populations: one with images of pouty models in sensual poses or one showing dancers of various body shapes and sizes, skin tones, and abilities, wearing age-appropriate costumes and just being…