WAKE VILLAGE, Texas (KTAL/KSHV) — A Texarkana dance studio is the first to achieve national safety certification in ArkLaTex.
The Texarkana Dance Academy, owned by Rachel Boston, was recently certified by Youth Protection Advocates in Dance or YPAD for its commitment to keeping children happy, healthy and safe.
YPAD was founded in 2012 by Leslie Scott Zanovitch who believed that dance teachers should protect young dancers from the exploitation and commodification common in the performing arts. It is the only certification program that focuses on the safety and well-being of dance students.
Boston says the Texarkana Dance Academy wants to teach more than just dance moves.
“We can incorporate life lessons into our dance classes. So we will be teaching our kids about anatomy, body image, nutrition, how to stay healthy as dancers, also how to stay healthy on social media and how to deal with bullying in their communities as well,” Boston said.
The studio offers kids a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. For more information on Texarkana Dance Academy, visit their website.