Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a dance competition judge? What does it take to impress the people behind the table? Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz, owner of Impact Dance Adjudicators, and Lesley Mealor, veteran performer, dance teacher, and judge, on Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, as they dive into all things dance competition! Each week, listen as Courtney and Lesley discuss various hot topics with members of the IDA judges’ roster, from technique, to costumes, to the dreaded question - “Tights…or no tights?” Stay tuned for special Spotlight Interview episodes and Live Q&A's with your hosts!
Teamwork In the Studio and Beyond!
In Episode 58 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, your hosts dive deep into the topic of teamwork in the studio, at competition, in the professional world and in life in general with IDA judges and teachers Christina Fuschetto and Jill Tremonti.
How to Take Your Solo to the Next Level
In Episode 57 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley speak with multi-talented judges and choreographers Cheryll Custer Klein and Alicia Sehn about the best ways for dancers to take their solo to the next level - literally and figuratively!
Hip-Hop: The Foundation and Fundamentals
In Episode 56 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are excited to finally cover one of the hottest topics in the competitive dance world - hip hop!
The Benefits of Having a Dance Mentor
In Episode 55 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, hosts Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor discuss the value of mentorship for dancers, from both the side of the mentor and the mentee.
Spotlight Feature - Alex Wong
Our next Spotlight Feature guest is Alex Wong, an incredibly prolific and versatile dancer with some unbelievable credits!
Tricks vs. Technique
In Episode 53 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judge Troy Haywood, as well as Karla Curatolo, the owner of one of the top competitive dance studios in the country, Expressenz Dance Center, to get down to the bottom of this hot debate - tricks or technique?