39 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?” Stay tuned for special Spotlight Interview episodes and Live Q&A's with your hosts!

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?” Stay tuned for special Spotlight Interview episodes and Live Q&A's with your hosts!

    Music at Competition

    Music at Competition

    On Episode 29 of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and teachers Jen Garaffa and Jessica Olinik to talk about music selection for competition, and how to avoid being the 15th "Jar of Hearts" in a row!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Navigating the New Normal - The Upcoming Dance Season

    Navigating the New Normal - The Upcoming Dance Season

    Season 2 opens with Courtney Ortiz and guests Erika Hogan and Becky Chiasson, as they chat about how COVID-19 has affected their studios, and what the future might hold as we navigate a new normal in the dance world.

    • 54 min
    Welcome to Season 2!

    Welcome to Season 2!

    Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast starts Season 2 with a look back at the highlights of Season 1 and the accomplishment of Impact Dance Adjudicators during 2020, and looks forward to the exciting things to come in Season 2!

    • 24 min
    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

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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