If you are looking for support, you are in the right place.
YPAD™ offers many resources and training opportunities for the pursuit of safety and wellness in dance education. Together, we can be equipped with the tools needed to safeguard youth dancers.
This YPAD™ Support page serves three vital purposes:
YPAD™ does not operate a hotline or take the place of emergency services.
If you are in crisis, in imminent danger to yourself or others, or in need of immediate support, contact one of the national hotlines or call 911 for your local emergency service.
Monique Rodriguez · Studio Owner, Michigan
Are you YPAD™ Certified and have a question or concern about something you’ve observed or heard that is concerning? Do you need support navigating an issue regarding artistic integrity or conflict resolution? Request additional support here for a referral to a YPAD™ Certified Coach or subject matter expert. This service is included as part of your certification investment.
Please note that this email is monitored 9AM to 3PM Central time, Monday through Friday. It is not a crisis hotline. Immediate or emergency concerns should always be directed to 911, a crisis hotline, or child welfare providers.
YPAD™ has established certain standards related to certification, which includes a system for addressing concerns. Please carefully consider your concern before submitting, and be advised it takes more than disagreement to justify a review. Understand that any concern must include documentation, evidence, and/or other supporting information.
The Share a Concern button below provides a way to submit an anonymous concern which is then reviewed internally. If deemed appropriate, YPAD™ will request communication with the subject of the concern. Additional steps may be taken in accordance with YPAD™’s 5-tier accountability model.
Internal reviews are confidential, and as such, YPAD™ does not provide any subsequent information about the review process—including actions YPAD™ may or may not take—to the person who shared their concern.
Lori Gardner · Studio Owner, Illinois
YPAD™ is based in the United States. Though the education presented here is built upon U.S. standards, YPAD™ recognizes that there may be different standards in other cultures and countries across the globe. It is important to refer to the governance of your home country, state, province, or city to ensure consistent, legal compliance with the appropriate local regulations.
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