Conflicting ideas are rampant in the lives of pre-teens and teens – they often hear completely different messages from the authority figures in their life than, say, what advertisements and media are teaching them. These clashing concepts can make it very hard for youth to discern the truth. One of the hardest topics to reconcile…Details
YPAD (@ypad4change) on Instagram: “ALERT-YOUTH DANCERS, PARENTS AND DANCE PROFESSIONALS-PLEASE SHARE WITHIN YOUR DANCE COMMUNITIES!…” YPAD has recently received reports that several young dancers have been aggressively targeted by Instagram accounts featuring flexibility. YPAD has reported these accounts to Cybertipline and IG and investigators have been assigned. In order to keep the investigations uncompromised we…Details
In an effort to boost self-branding, build a professional network or to simply stay informed, many young dancers continue to invade social media platforms, particularly Instagram, by setting up profiles. While social media can be a gift in many ways and can truly be wielded as a positive tool when managed correctly, it is also…Details
We wanted to share this powerful story of a woman from New Zealand who was sexually abused by her dance teacher over 10 years ago and had the courage to report her abuse. Tuesday May 2, 2017 This week is Rape Awareness Week. Between January 2016 and January 2017 5865 people were the victim of…Details
Music today is many things – but one thing it is often not is subtle. Lyrics in many mainstream songs are not only suggestive but downright explicit. At what point does a studio owner, teacher and dance parent censor the music their dancers are moving their bodies to? This question goes to the heart of…Details
Some call it spunk and sass. Some call it hyper-sexualization. The debate over age-appropriateness in student choreography has been a hot topic for many years. And even after all the debating and defending, not much has changed in the industry. So, perhaps it’s time to take another minute to think and consider. Is it…Details
If you live in the New England Area and want to get your studio certified in one day or you are an individual dance professional and want to be YPAD Certified, we have an opportunity to join us in Plymouth, MA on Sunday March 12th!