This contract is for the studio/organization owner and their managerial staff (who we recognize may also teach) that are responsible for upholding the YPAD contracts signed by all teaching faculty
YPAD Certified Organization Commitment
Our top priority is the physical safety and psychological health of each dancer. As leaders we understand we are accountable for implementing the details in the contracts our faculty and staff have signed and keep a copy of these contracts on file. This is required to maintain our YPAD Certification standing.
It is our responsibility to implement the YPAD culture and standards within our organization. This may take extra mentoring and patience with of our faculty, staff and dance families.
We will strive to communicate with YPAD if support or help is needed. If any of our faculty or staff is unable to follow through on the standards set forth or has an infraction, we agree to share this with YPAD and come up with a solution together.
If we do not currently background check, we will background check our current faculty and staff within 90 days of YPAD Certification and immediately implement this practice into our current hiring procedures. We will ensure our faculty has completed their CPR Certification within 60 days of the YPAD Certification and keep these document and a copy of their YPAD contract in a YPAD file onsite.
We stand united that no trophy, accolade, fame, viral YouTube video, or financial gain is more important than the protection and well-being of our youth dancers.
We will be self-reflective and mindful of our choices. When we see studios making choices that may fall outside of the YPAD standards, we will strive not to judge or shame but use this as an opportunity to share education.
We will utilize the healthy communication skills put forward by YPAD when engaging with my students, their families, colleagues and employees.
We agree to advocate for diversity and inclusiveness and not turn a blind eye if we see a potential harm.
We will be advocates to create a bully free zone. Whether it occurs on social media or in person, we will not minimize it and will make it a top priority to process the issues with all involved and find a resolution.
We will implement a Social Media Creed among our faculty, staff, students and dance families.
We will be an agent for change in the dance industry. We are powerful, we are capable and we are purposed.
Social Media Safety
We will strive to use social media accounts and conduct ourselves online with integrity, using YPAD’s Social Media guidelines as the standard for our choices.
We agree that if any among our leadership group chooses to have sexually suggestive activity, sexualized dancing, references to drug or alcohol use, violence or gang-related activity, hate speech, negative comments about other dance professionals, or similar content on my social media account, we will not “friend,” “follow,” or be “followed” by students.
If we wish to post non-child-friendly content, we will use privacy settings on primary social media accounts, and create separate accounts on which to connect with youth students in a role model capacity.
If a time arises we need to private message/text a child or teen, we will carefully consider including another adult on the thread, preferably their parent, studio owner or a colleague.
Dance Concepts, Costumes, Music and Movement
We agree to read and adhere to YPAD’s Standards, Recommendations & Guidelines set forth in the Certification Manual and “Tools Not Rules” when making concept, costume/attire, music and movements choices. Our artistic choices will put the emotional, physical and sexual safety of our students first.
We will avoid messages or references to adult sexuality, explicit or inappropriate language, references to sexual acts, violence, discrimination, abuse, gang activity, drug or alcohol use, or the degradation of others.
We monitor our faculty’s artistic choices and ask ourselves what the concept, music and movement choices are saying to our students and to the audience about the value of human beings and human bodies, as well as about themselves and others.
If we choose to approve a social justice message for a performance piece we will guide the choreographer in developing a plan on how to thoughtfully move forward. We will adhere to the YPAD guidelines on concepts and make an effort to ensure the dancers and audience member are aware of the potentially triggering material.
We will not mistake dance skills for emotional maturity.
We agree to read the “Judging” section of YPAD’s “Tools Not Rules: Standards, Recommendations & Guidelines”. We strive to provide positive feedback on appropriate concepts, costuming, movement and music choices, based on the criteria outlined in the Handbook above.
If we see sexualized or inappropriate choices in a piece, we will not publicly judge or condemn the choices. Our feedback and tone will strive to educate and inspire the dance professionals to make better choices in the future and set a good example to our faculty and staff.
Positive Role Model Choices:
Attire: We agree to dress professionally while in the presence of or working with students. I will not wear sexualized attire (including thigh-highs, see through leggings, bras without a shirt on top), or clothing with messages involving drinking, drugs, violence, smoking, gang influence, etc.
Behavior: We agree not to drink, do drugs, smoke, or engage in public displays of sexuality while in the presence of students. While I am teaching or in the presence of students, I will not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Interactions with Students: We agree that at all times when we are with students, whether while teaching or otherwise, there will always be at least one other adult present. If I am a guest instructor at a convention, I will not allow students in my hotel room (regardless of the presence of other adults). If I am chaperoning students for my studio this does not apply. This does not include parent approved one on one meetings between faculty and students for mentorship purposes.
Body Image and Food: We agree to the standards set forth in the Certification Manual for healthy ways to speak about our bodies, the bodies of my students and do our part to cultivate positive relationships with food.
Transparency: If an issue with a child is brought to my attention that may affect their emotional or physical behavior or abilities in the classroom, I will privately share this information with their teachers in order to find the best teaching methods and strategies to create a successful environment for all students.
Physical Health and Injury
If we become aware a student is experiencing pain, is injured or sick we will adhere to the protocols set forth in the Certification Manual.
We will strive to model good self-care to our students and dance families regarding our health and physical well-being.
If a child’s illness or injury creates more work for us, i.e. hiring a teacher extra hours to restage, teach another dancer their part, etc., we will be proactive in letting that child verbally know their health and healing is worth our time investment.
If we are concerned a child or teen may be displaying signs of an eating disorder, calling themselves fat, or any other change in their behavior that may be a red flag in the area of food and body image, we will adhere to the protocols set forth in the Certification Manual.
Abuse and Bullying
We agree to uphold the requirements of mandated reporters. If we observe (or someone reports to me) behavior or evidence of bullying or any sort of abuse, including sexual abuse, we will report it immediately to authorities or contact YPAD if help is needed. “Abuse” includes anything that could result in serious physical or emotional harm or exploitation.
“Sexual abuse” means ANY sexual touching between an adult and a child, between children, or when an adult engages in any sexual behavior (looking, showing, or touching) with a child to meet the adult’s interest or sexual needs. This includes making or viewing lewd photos or pornography with children and teens and becoming aware of any text message or contact through social media that may rise to the beginning phase of grooming.
If we need support to move forward with sharing my concerns or what I witnessed I will reach out to YPAD for help.
We will strive to always put the dancer before the dance.
*YPAD Certification is valid for TWO YEARS from completion. At the end of ONE YEAR you and your faculty/staff will have to participate in a two-hour online, self-driven continuing education course to keep your Certification valid and current. This must be complete within 30 days of the one-year completion date. Cost for the one-year continuing education course is $100 and covers ALL faculty and staff.
*The owner must keep a copy of each teacher’s YPAD contract, CPR card and background check onsite.
*Anyone working at your studio more than 8 hours a month at the time of your Certification must be Certified. Special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
*Anyone teaching less than 8 hours a month that does not attend the full Certification program must sign a YPAD Contractual Creed to adhere to the YPAD Standards of behaving artistic choices, and being a mandated reporter.
*After you become a YPAD Certified Studio, each new hire that works over 8 hours a month at your studio will have to complete the full online YPAD Certification Program within 60 days of their start date. If this new hire occurs before the online, self-driven course is made available; the new hire can take the course with another studio through distance learning. We will work with each studio.
- You receive six new hires during the duration of the two-year Certification Period.
- Any New Hire that is working over 8 hours a month at your studio will be required to complete the self-driven Online YPAD Certification Course within 30 days of employment.
- If you have more than six new hires that work over 8 hours a month during this time, the price is $49 per faculty/staff added for them to become YPAD Certified.
*Regarding substitute teachers and faculty/staff that work under 8 hours a month, we expect leadership to take every precaution in ensuring a detailed screening of each substitute/faculty/staff and communicating YPAD expectations and standards BEFORE they have access to students. They must also sign the YPAD Standards Contractual Agreement.
*If you are unable to adhere to any aspect of this agreement, YPAD will offer three educational opportunities to work with you to make better choices. If your organization is unable to correct these choices after, YPAD reserves the right to revoke your Certification status.