Y.P.A.D.™ Certification: Thoughts from our Relationship Managers

We reached out to a few of your favorite Curtain Call Relationship Managers to see what aspects of Curtain Call's Y.P.A.D.™ Certification stood out to them the most, here's what they had to say:

What aspect of the Y.P.A.D. Certification stood out to you most?

Some of the facts and statistics shared during the certification program are mind boggling. It’s easy to have a knowledge of what you think may be going on in our industry, but not an understanding. What stood out to me the most is probably the effects of social media. I don’t have children, so I don’t have to monitor the social media in my household. If I see something that is bothersome, I can simply scroll past it. Unfortunately, today’s youth are exposed to the world via social media, yet, they don’t have the life skills to know how to handle all of that information. The certification has definitely made me more aware of how dance and social media can occasionally intertwine negatively, and how to keep it positive and uplifting. – Ameila Fazio

The dangers of oversexualizing children was a huge eye opener for me. Not only the dangers from sexual predators, but also for a child’s self-esteem and body awareness. I think I have been exposed to the dance world and what has become the “norm” in dance trends for so long, I have become partially numb to the reality that, children were no longer dancing or dressing like children. I would watch routines and think “they are talented enough to pull it off”. The actuality is talent should have nothing to do with how children are portrayed and viewed as a dancer. Growing up, children are exposed to the harsh realities of this world so quickly, we should absolutely not be rushing maturity upon them. – Christine Luca

What stood out to me the most was the feelings the surfaced throughout the certification. Being involved in the dance industry my whole life, whether being a student, a performer, a teacher, and now a marketer of dance apparel, I have seen and witnessed many instances that Y.P.A.D. is addressing. There is a sense of relief that an organization is addressing these issues and making the dance industry aware. – Cori Callahan

To be certified by an organization that provides standards and values that I am passionate about. To have knowledge, support and resources available and to be an advocate in the dance industry. – Debbie Carr

What do you believe is the #1 benefit of the Y.P.A.D. Certification for our customers?

Becoming YPAD certified is a whole new way of thinking and doing business. For me, it represents a complete change in mindset about things I previously knew, I would imagine it would be even more impactful for studio owners. The benefit of that shift in thinking is the effect on those people our studio owners serve, from the students, to their parents, siblings, and even friends. – Ameila Fazio

Parents will feel assured that their children are in a safe and nurturing environment, which will help grow their business as a trusted establishment in the community! – Christine Luca

TRUST. Our customers can trust us that we will deliver a product they can be proud of. – Cori Callahan

For our customers the certification is beneficial to them in knowing that we have and will continue to provide costumes that meet the Y.P.A.D. standards. – Debbie Carr

Why should anyone choose to gain their Y.P.A.D. Certification?

Our world is changing every day, whether we like it or not. The certification will give you the tools and training to understand issues students and parents may be faced with, and how to help them through. Everyone from teachers and office staff, to studio owners and industry professionals, should take this certification seriously. – Ameila Fazio

As dance professionals, I think it’s important to be educated on all of the potential risks involved with children in the dance industry. There are many things that most people would never think of that may be harming children under their watch. – Christine Luca

It take a village to raise our children. As dance educators, they are a part of this village. Our dancers deserve to be guided by positive, healthy and happy ways. – Cori Callahan

They should choose to gain certification to become educated and gain resources. To be an advocate that will positively impact their customers and improve their business model. – Debbie Carr

Stay tuned for more insight from your Relationship Managers on Curtain Call's Y.P.A.D.™ Certification in the next segment of our Y.P.A.D.™ Certification series! 
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