letter to our gotta dance family
It is with great pride and excitement that I am able to announce that our studio is now a certified YPAD studio – the very first studio in New Jersey to do so.
YPAD, which stands for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, is an organization dedicated to empowering dance communities and keeping kids healthy and safe in all dance environments. This amazing group takes the position that no trophy, accolade, fame, viral social media status, or financial gain will take precedence over the protection and well-being of our youth. The top priority is the emotional, physical and sexual safety of each dancer with a goal to stop all exploitation and commodification of youth in performing arts. They stand for inclusion and kindness and celebrate the unique differences of our students and dance families. As a YPAD certified studio, we strive to hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and accountability by implementing safe boundaries and healthy artistry within our dance settings.
Being YPAD certified means that all teachers have been background checked, trained in emotional health, physical safety and psychology of injury. It means that we are committed to age appropriate artistic choices in music, costumes, movements and concepts. We are positive role models in body image, language and behavior in addition to practicing healthy and safe social media practices.
I highly encourage you to check out the parent section of the Y.P.A.D. website for invaluable information and resources on topics such as bullying, internet and social media safety, nutrition and eating disorders in addition to many others.
At Gotta Dance, I have always been proud of our family atmosphere. I have always believed in letting kids be kids and having the studio feel like a safe second home to all of our dancers. Miss Alyssa, Miss Rosanne and I proudly joined YPAD because their mission is closely aligned with that of Gotta Dance. Being entrusted with your children is something my staff and I take very seriously and by obtaining this certification, we have expanded our resources and knowledge to do an even better job of achieving our goals. This type of training is not necessary or required in order to own or teach in a dance studio, however we realize the important role that we play in your child’s life – not merely teaching dance but also helping them develop into happy, successful young adults – and we are committed to doing our best with that important job.
This is a journey and we are all in this together.
As always, I thank you for your support,