Youth Protection Advocates in Dance

YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building empowered dance communities and keeping kids healthy and safe in all dance environments.

Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) was born as a response and solution to various negative trends that commodify and exploit youth and adults in the performing arts. We believe the resources and training that YPAD has developed to educate on emotional and physical health can be adapted for the gymnastics community and be a positive resource to those in need. Dance and gymnastics are a powerful source of self-expression, community building, and Holistic wellness. YPAD unites communities to nurture that belief through education and advocacy.

YPAD’s focus is on providing dance studios, conventions, competitions, instructors, dance professionals, parents, community members and dancers with the support, education, tools, and resources they need to make healthy choices in the dance environment and the world. We are committed to pursuing our mission without shame or judgment. This is a journey and we are all in this together!

In order to be a YPAD certified dance studio, all faculty and support staff have been fingerprinted and background check, have received their CPR certification and have gone through an hour training on all aspects of dance including body image, nutrition, healthy music, concept, movement and costuming choices, social media exposure and presence, and the psychology of injury prevention.

YPAD is a division of EDIFY Movement
EDIFY Movement is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization originally founded in Los Angeles and fueled by the passion and commitment of doctors, therapist, specialists and educators for youth in athletic and artistic activities.