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What is YPAD?

YPAD believes that when you know better, you do better. As a result, YPAD courses are research based, educational courses with a trauma-informed approach for dance professionals and the dance industry as a whole. The mission of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® is to provide dance professionals with the skills and resources to protect and develop healthy, happy dancers. Through the use of online courses, YPAD courses educate dance studios and communities worldwide on the core elements in constructing an environment focused on the well-being of kids and a sustainable, safe future for dance.

What does that benefit my dancer?

​Each staff member of Studio South has been trained in the following criteria: 

  • Background checks for all staff and volunteers

  • CPR training for all staff and volunteers

  • Emergency and evacuation protocols for the studio

  • Staff training classes in topics such as:

    • social media safety

    • positive role model choices

    • dancer health and injury prevention

    • body image, nutrition and eating disorders

    • mandated abuse reporting

    • anti-bullying education and conflict resolution

    • age-appropriate dance concepts, costumes, music, and movement

We want to do more than just teach great dance at Studio South PAC, we want to help develop healthy, happy dancers with an environment that focuses on the well-being of kids. Of course, this also helps us contribute to a sustainable, safe future for dance overall.