36 episodes

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?” Courtney will even fly solo on special Q and A episodes where she will answer YOUR questions about dance competitions!

Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Impact Dance Adjudicators

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 98 Ratings

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?” Courtney will even fly solo on special Q and A episodes where she will answer YOUR questions about dance competitions!

    Season One - Wrap Up!

    Season One - Wrap Up!

    After 35 episodes, 48 guests, and hundreds of your questions - Season 1 of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast is coming to a close! Enjoy a look back at some of our favorite episodes and some final thoughts from our IDA Judges.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    LIVE Q&A with Courtney and Lesley - May Edition

    LIVE Q&A with Courtney and Lesley - May Edition

    The May Q&A With Courtney adds Lesley to the conversation, as the hosts record a live-streamed episode to answer your questions in real time!

    • 56 min
    Translating Competitive Training into a Commercial or Concert Dance Career

    Translating Competitive Training into a Commercial or Concert Dance Career

    In Episode 27 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Christina and Alexis to discuss life post competition dance and which professional dance career route you might consider.

    • 47 min
    Senior Feature - A Look into the Lives of 3 Graduating Senior Dancers

    Senior Feature - A Look into the Lives of 3 Graduating Senior Dancers

    On this week's episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley speak with three special seniors in high school about how their final competition season has been affected by COVID-19.

    • 47 min
    Cross Training during Quarantine

    Cross Training during Quarantine

    In Episode 25 of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Kelsey and Katie to talk about the benefits of cross training for dancers.

    • 49 min
    Q&A with Courtney - April Edition

    Q&A with Courtney - April Edition

    In the April Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney is joined by IDA Judges Sam and Chellie to help answer your questions sent in by listeners!

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

dancer_madison ,

Super Informative and Inspiring!

This podcast is super informative and inspiring for anyone in the dance world. Especially those who are on the competitive path of dance. I would highly encourage and recommend any dancer to tune in and take the time to listen! ✨~dancer_madison

abigailwindfry ,

My daughter and I love it

My daughter and I started listening to the podcast in February/March. She absolutely loves learning more and can’t get enough of it. Every time we would get in the car she would ask to listen to it. I come from a horseback riding background so I was eager to learn more about the competitive dance world and what the judges are really looking for. I always had an idea but this helped me more. We were sad that the season ended for the podcast but can’t wait for it to start back up again. I tell everyone about it I can.

LMPPPPPPP ,

Informative and helpful!

I'm a dance mom that thoroughly enjoys hearing the perspective of judges and experienced people in the industry. It's refreshing to hear what really happens at a judges table and what is truly important at a competition. It's so interesting to see the differences in competitions and studios across the across the county. I can't wait for next season!

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