RATIONALE: Music Matters!
Research proves that the messages in music we listen to and act out through movement/concepts in classes, rehearsals, performances and competitions influence our choices and beliefs about gender, culture, relationships, money, beauty, sex, fashion, ourselves and others. YPAD’s Music Advisory Panel has created multiple playlists for all dance genres that can be accessed through Spotify. We have created affiliations with trusted companies that remix music. These resources can help you find healthy music for classes, competition pieces and stage performances. This can be found at ypad4change.org/music.
Please remember to think: What is this song saying to a child or teen? What is the song saying to the audience/viewer? What message does this song send about the value of human beings and human bodies? By my playing this song, what am I communicating to the dancer about my own beliefs? Will this song be appropriate for a family friendly event such as a competition or recital?
STANDARDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
We make an effort to ensure dancers are not learning choreography to any music with the following:
- Explicit lyrics: The word “explicit” is applied when the lyrics or content of a song or a music video meet one or more of the following criteria which could be considered offensive or unsuitable for children:
- Strong language
- Images of or references to violence, or to physical or mental abuse.
- References to or images of sexualized behavior.
- Racist, homophobic, misogynistic or other language or behavior that could be considered discriminatory.
- Dangerous or criminal behavior that could glamorize such behavior or could be considered discriminatory; or may encourage others to imitate it.
- Lyrics that reference drug and/or alcohol use.
- Lyrics that reference adult sexual activity (even if not explicit).
- Lyrics that reference physical and/or gun violence, or gang activity.
- Lyrics that are misandrist (communicating a dislike, contempt or ingrained prejudice against males) or misogynistic (communicating a dislike, contempt or ingrained prejudice against females).
If you are a choreographer or studio owner please consider watching the corresponding music video as it may depict sexual activity, hypersexualized dancing, objectification, drug or alcohol use, and/or violence or gang activity.
YPAD recognizes this suggestion creates an extra step to the song choice process. However, research shows that one of the first things a child or teen does after learning a combination to a song is to watch the corresponding video online. Our surveys have indicated children do not receive parental permission before viewing these videos.