In October 2021, Carrie Hughes and Katherine Martyak become certified by Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. The certification marks the teachers' commitment to keeping kids happy, healthy and safe in dance.
YPAD is the nation’s only dance certification program focusing on both safety and wellness for dance students. To earn the designation, studios must complete two training tracks. The first track centers on dance safety and educational best practices. It focuses on background checks, CPR and First Aid, abuse awareness and prevention, injury prevention and response, and safety and emergency preparedness. The second focuses on the wellness and development of youth dancers and covers social media, social media safety, today’s dance culture, developmentally appropriate artistry, body image, nutrition, disordered eating, bullying, and conflict resolution. Only studios that complete both tracks are eligible for certification. Along with their live, online training course, they also completed their certification by the American Red Cross in Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid, and underwent background checks to ensure their commitment to protecting their students.
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Since its inception in 1998, Chesterfield Dance Center has been known for providing superior dance technique training, along with cutting-edge, contemporary choreography. Our faculty is made up of professional dancers and dancers with degrees from accredited Universities who pride themselves on teaching, not only properly, but with passion. CDC is a place where students can thrive and have fun, while developing their dancing potential to the fullest.
Whether you are interested in a professional career or simply recreation, CDC has something for the whole family. We strive to mold our students into well-trained, dedicated and committed dancers with a passion for the art form. Past students have gone onto dance in professional companies, major in dance in college, become members of University dance teams, dance for Disney, teach in private studios, and even an international tour with pop sensation, Justin Beiber.
CDC has often been described as a family with a strong sense of community and loyalty, where you will never be treated as "just another number". We aim to provide a nurturing and professional environment, where creativity can flourish and our students can learn the value of dedication and commitment, well beyond the world of dance.
“We should consider everyday lost in which we don't dance.”