21 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

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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!

    Changing The Game - Interview with REVEL Dance Convention

    Changing The Game - Interview with REVEL Dance Convention

    This week on Making The Impact - Courtney sits down for our first interview with dance convention owners, Frank Musso and Christian Clark from Revel Dance Convention. They discuss the in's and out's of starting a convention company and their rise to success in the industry.

    • 46 min
    Competition Kindness - Etiquette at the Event

    Competition Kindness - Etiquette at the Event

    For this Valentine's Day week episode of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley talk with special guests Lauren Alto, Beau Hutchings, and Kelsey Lack about kindness and etiquette at competition as well as in the studio.

    • 49 min
    The Importance of Tap Class and Why You Should Be Taking It

    The Importance of Tap Class and Why You Should Be Taking It

    This week, Courtney and Lesley are joined by tap specialists Angelina Young Savage and Michelle Tolson to chat about why tap is an important part of every dancer's education.

    • 45 min
    Q&A with Courtney & Lesley - January Edition

    Q&A with Courtney & Lesley - January Edition

    In the January edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney invites a special guest, her co-host Lesley, to jump in and help answer your questions on topics like tricks, age appropriateness, genres and more.

    • 59 min
    The Do's and Don'ts of Costuming for the Competitive Stage

    The Do's and Don'ts of Costuming for the Competitive Stage

    Courtney and Lesley dive into costumes with guests Sheena DiMatteo and Daniel Tardibono, and tackle the most burning question in the industry - tights or no tights?

    • 47 min
    Our Stage is Your Canvas - Interview with High Demand Dance Competition

    Our Stage is Your Canvas - Interview with High Demand Dance Competition

    On this week's episode, Courtney interviews Kelli Rooney and Natalie Layton, owners of HD Dance Competition and gets the inside scoop on their unique events!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

tapdance96 ,

Great podcast

Happy to be a part of a podcast that is honest and informative. The topics are all relevant and the guests have incredible knowledge. Thank you for creating this!

jddksbsiansnam ,

Great for choreographers, dance teachers and dance moms alike!

Just listened to the costume dos and don’ts. Had some of my own sentiments confirmed and learned some new information. Not only is the podcast informative but it’s entertaining and easy to listen to. A few chuckles out loud we had by me as I was able to relate to the conversation and some helpful tips were included. My daughter and I listened to this on the way to dance ...she prefers to put her ear buds in and tune me out but I caught her listening as well. Some great discussion topics.

We definitely will tune in...I can see this being a regular podcast that we will listen to together on our way to dance and competitions...thanks for providing a podcast that is so attuned to our world!

dancer!! ❤️ ,

Review on Making The Impact

I love this podcast! It gives awesome tips! Any dance teacher, mom, or dancer can listen to it. The tips help me know what I have to practice! Great podcast. 5 stars!

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