Welcome to NEAMA!

NEAMA (Nonprofit Education and Advocacy for the Movement Arts)™️ supports transformative change towards safer and healthier practices in the movement arts. Our evidence-based education and advocacy works to identify, address, and prevent abuse in the industry. NEAMA is centered on safeguarding and supporting the physical, psychological, and sexual wellness of youth and adults, emphasizing the importance of the whole community, while never forgetting the inherent value of the individual.

NEAMA is founded by an intergenerational team that mixes fresh perspectives with combined decades of experience. Leslie Scott Zanovitch, the Founder of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD), in collaboration with NEAMA Co-Founder, dancer, and advocate Keanu Uchida, are thrilled to launch NEAMA alongside an eclectic and highly credentialed board of directors, teaching faculty, and allies. Our team is composed of veteran doctors, psychologists, social workers, educators, advocates, and experts with deep roots in the movement arts.

NEAMA is a division of Edify Movement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our Programs


   Event Highlight

Upcoming Community Education Workshop (CEW):

Healthy Body Image: Creating Somatic Mind-Body Connections

Facilitator: Kimberlee Gerstheimer

  • Date: December 2nd, 2022
  • Time: 9-10:30 am PST / 12-1:30 pm EST
  • Where: Zoom

Press & Media Highlight

NEAMA’s Board of Directors – Updates and Further Clarity

Dear Dance Community, We want to issue a clarification concerning a statement in Dr. Tomi-Ann Roberts' Nov 2nd letter about the 2019 transfer of ownership of YPAD. In response to ...

NEAMA Sponsors

NEAMA is a division of EDIFY Movement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your financial gift will help NEAMA expand our mission and ability to better serve the members of our community. Donate now to help enrich the movement arts and combat physical, psychological and sexual abuse in our communities.