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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, professional dancer, educator and owner of Impact Dance Adjudicators, and Lesley Mealor, veteran performer 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 and other special guests in the dance world, from technique, to costumes, to the dreaded question - “Tights…or no tights?” Stay tuned for special studio spotlight episodes, round table chats and so much more! Weekly episodes launch every Thursday throughout the dance season! 

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, professional dancer, educator and owner of Impact Dance Adjudicators, and Lesley Mealor, veteran performer 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 and other special guests in the dance world, from technique, to costumes, to the dreaded question - “Tights…or no tights?” Stay tuned for special studio spotlight episodes, round table chats and so much more! Weekly episodes launch every Thursday throughout the dance season! 

    Pursuing a Career in Concert Dance

    Pursuing a Career in Concert Dance

    Guests - Madi Hicks and Doug Baum
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 182 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we talk to two contemporary concert dancers about their experiences in the company dance scene and hear advice for young dancers interested in pursuing this path!


    Topics Include:
     The type of training needed to succeed in the concert dance world What kinds of jobs are available to concert dancers How concert dance and commercial dance are different

    Help support our podcast. Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:
    Monthly Q&A episodes released to members onlyPriority to have your questions answered each month on the live Q&A.Ad-free listening for all of Season 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your support helps us produce future episodes of Making The Impact for years to come!
    Making The Impact's Platinum Premium - Sign up now for only $5/month!




    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceMadi Hicks - @madihicksDoug Baum - @Doogbaum


    Check out our guest’s current projects! 
    See Madi Hicks' company perform in New York City this summer!
    The Moving Forward Collective's full evening NYC premiere June 15 and 16 at Peridance KnJ Theater.



    This episode is sponsored by:
    Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!
    Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.
    Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar!

    Apolla Performance 
    The benefit of a shoe + the comfort of a sock. Try Apolla Shocks and use code IMPACT10 for 10% off at checkout!



    Join our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 


    Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 

    Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Advice from Veteran Competitive Dance Parents

    Advice from Veteran Competitive Dance Parents

    Guests - Jodi Ashby and Melanie Manning
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 181 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, two long-time dance parents of competitive dancers join us to give their tips, tricks, and advice for the long and beautiful journey that is the competitive dance world!



    Topics Include:
     Benefits of competitive dance that are specific to this activity How to handle the struggles that come up over the years in the dance studio Packing and organization tips for long weekends


    Help support our podcast. Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:
    Monthly Q&A episodes released to members-onlyPriority to have your questions answered each month on the live Q&A.Ad-free listening for all of Season 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your support helps us produce future episodes of Making The Impact for years to come!
    Making The Impact's Platinum Premium - Sign up now for only $5/month!




    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceJodi Ashby - @jodimichelleashbyMelanie Manning - @thosemanninggirls 


    This episode is sponsored by:
    Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!
    Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.
    Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! 




    Join our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 



    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 



    Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 



    Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Nutrition for Dancers - How to Fuel Your Body Properly

    Nutrition for Dancers - How to Fuel Your Body Properly

    Guests - Caroline Lewis-Jones and Rebecca Rowley
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 180 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are joined by certified health coach and dance educator Caroline Lewis-Jones and registered dietician Rebecca Rowley to discuss some ideas for fueling our dancers during competition weekends, as well as during the week!



    Topics Include: 
     How to stay healthy and fueled on a budget Easy ways to add important nutrients to your weekly meal plan How the foods you put into your body directly relate to the output at the studio


    Help support our podcast. Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:
    Monthly Q&A episodes released to members-onlyPriority to have your questions answered each month on the live Q&A.Ad-free listening for all of Season 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your support helps us produce future episodes of Making The Impact for years to come!
    Making The Impact's Platinum Premium - Sign up now for only $5/month!




    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceCaroline Lewis-Jones - @clinelewisjonesRebecca Rowley - @dancer.nutritionist


    This episode is sponsored by:

    Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!
    Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.
    Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar!

    Apolla Performance 
    The benefit of a shoe + the comfort of a sock. Try Apolla Shocks and use code IMPACT10 for 10% off at checkout!

    Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Gems Dance Competition!
    View their 2023 tour dates and register now at www.dancegems.com


    Join our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 



    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 



    Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 



    Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cameras in the Classroom

    Cameras in the Classroom

    Guests - Jake Allen Smith and Chloe Roberts
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 179 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we take on one of the hottest topics in the dance industry today - cameras in the classroom! Dance videographer Jake Allen Smith and IDA judge, educator and professional dancer Chloe Roberts share their thoughts on the pros and cons of this relatively new phenomenon.



    Topics Include:
     The evolution of cameras in dance education spaces How to get used to having a camera in the dance studio What studios and teachers could change to make having cameras in the classroom more equitable for all


    Help support our podcast. Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:
    Monthly Q&A episodes released to members-onlyPriority to have your questions answered each month on the live Q&A.Ad-free listening for all of Season 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your support helps us produce future episodes of Making The Impact for years to come!
    Making The Impact's Platinum Premium - Sign up now for only $5/month!




    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceJake Allen Smith - @jakeallensmithChloe Roberts - @chloerobertsdance


    Check out our guests' current projects! 
    Chloe's company Selah Dance Collective is performing "Sound and Smoke" at Gibney's Agnes Veris Performing Arts Center in New York City on March 29 & 30. Get tickets here!



    This episode is sponsored by:
    Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!
    Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.
    Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar!


    Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's Critiques
    Send us a video of your dance, and an IDA Judge will critique your routine. You can request a genre-specific specialty judge or add on our additional feedback to take your performance to the next level.
    Click here to submit your video now!




    Join our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 



    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 


    Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 


    Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com.
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Studio Spotlight - Dance Attack Miami

    Studio Spotlight - Dance Attack Miami

    Guests: Cookie Ramos and John Culbertson
    Hosted by Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor


    Dance Attack Miami has been in business for 29 years, and owners Cookie Ramos and John Culbertson see no end in sight for their studio that started with only 7 students! With a focus on quality over quantity, Dance Attack Miami gives a well-rounded dance education that has seen alumni go on to careers on Broadway, on cruise ships, in film and tv, and more!


    Help support our podcast. Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:
    Monthly Q&A episodes released to members-onlyPriority to have your questions answered each month on the live Q&A.Ad-free listening for all of Season 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your support helps us produce future episodes of Making The Impact for years to come!
    Making The Impact's Platinum Premium - Sign up now for only $5/month!


    This episode is sponsored by:
    Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!
    Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.
    Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! 




    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor  - @miss.lesley.danceDance Attack Miami - @danceattackmiami



    Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 


    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 


    Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 


    Follow us on social media at @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Hip Hop at Competition - What is Missing in the Genre

    Hip Hop at Competition - What is Missing in the Genre

    Guests - Justin Streeter, Angelina and Karlo Familara
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 177 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are joined by Justin Streeter, and Angelina and Karlo Familara, all educators of street styles and hip hop, to discuss their points of view when it comes to the hip hop category at competition.

    Topics Include:
     Why foundations and fundamentals matter in hip hop and street styles just as much as in ballet What they are looking for in hip hop choreography at competition Advice for studio owners looking for quality hip hop teachers


    Help support our podcast. Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:
    Monthly Q&A episodes released to members-onlyPriority to have your questions answered each month on the live Q&A.Ad-free listening for all of Season 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your support helps us produce future episodes of Making The Impact for years to come!
    Making The Impact's Platinum Premium - Sign up now for only $5/month!




    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceJustin Streeter - @s.t.r.e.e.t.e.r.jAngelina Familara - @angelinafamilaraKarlo Familara - @karlofamilara, @kachoreography


    This episode is sponsored by:
    Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!
    Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.
    Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar!

    Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's Critiques
    Send us a video of your dance, and an IDA Judge will critique your routine. You can request a genre-specific specialty judge or add our additional feedback to take your performance to the next level.
    Click here to submit your video now!

    Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Axis Dance Competition!
    Visit their website to view their 2024 Tour Dates! 



    Join our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 



    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 



    Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 


    Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

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Wonderful Information

I can not suggest Making The Impact enough. They cover such a wide variety of topics and their information is both useful and relevant. I like to listen when I'm in the car waiting for my kids.

lmsimmons13 ,

Tackling Fantastic Topics!

Lesley and Courtney- my dancers and I as their mom spend lots of time traveling to and from the studio and this podcast has been so great for all 3 of us in the car and has sparked meaningful conversations about their dance technique, studio policies, polishing their dances, and even tough topics that needed addressing and how we might feel about them. Thanks for making this such a dancer friendly podcast we can all enjoy together to spark so many great conversations that help us all to grow. I’ve recommended you to so many. Keep them coming!

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