Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.) as it is commonly called, is a division of E.D.I.F.Y. Movement, a dance focused non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded by Leslie Scott a 25 year veteran in the dance industry.
Leslie founded Y.P.A.D. as a response and solution to various negative effects she experienced personally and witnessed in the lives of her students, dance parents, colleagues and studio owners. Many were battling depression, eating disorders, co-dependency, self-esteem issues and more. Y.P.A.D. believes that dance, when used positively, is a primary source of self-expression, community building and Holistic wellness!
We offer inter-active seminars for parents, dancers, studio owners and educators on Body Image, Nutrition, Self-Esteem, Effects of Bullying, Positive Use of Social Media, Effects of Sexualization of Dance, Internet Safety and more!
We are dedicated to ensuring no child is harmed emotionally, physically, sexually or Spiritually in the dance setting. We have thoughtfully created Standards, Recommendations, and Suggestions to keep our children safe. Our dance culture has turned increasingly sexual and unfortunately there is a growing trend the younger the better. Many children are being exploited as commodities to market studios, TV programming, conventions, choreographers, artists and more through youtube, classes and competitions. We offer education and training to help dance leaders protect our children and build a supportive community of advocates to unite and create solutions for change and accountability!