Told to diet? Don’t listen to your dance teacher. -YPAD Featured Article on Dance Informa

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…

Instagram Child Sexual Solicitation Alert

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…

YPAD Featured in Dance Informa Magazine Article: “What’s wrong with dancing ‘sexy’?”

  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…

There can be an end: Cyber-bullying in dance studios: YPAD Article featured in Dance Informa

Once upon a time, before smartphones and tablets, some youth (children and adolescents) would be bullied at school and/or extra-curricular activities. They’d go home, maybe tell their parents or siblings, or maybe keep it inside. The feelings of shame, betrayal and self-doubt would remain – but at least the actual acts of bullying would cease…