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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?” 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

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    • 4.9 • 132 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!

    TikTok in the Dance World - Featuring Kausha Campbell & Nick Silverio

    TikTok in the Dance World - Featuring Kausha Campbell & Nick Silverio

    Guests - Kausha Campbell and Nick Silverio
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 70 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, the TikTok phenomenon is the name of the game! Joined by TikTok sensations Kausha Campbell and Nick Silverio, Courtney and Lesley chat about how these two former competitive dancers transitioned into the world of social media!

    Topics Include:
     The early days of dance for Kausha and Nick Their TikTok origin stories How being TikTokkers has changed their lives The benefits and detriments of so much social media influence on dancers

    If you love Making The Impact and want to support our podcast, buy us a coffee now on Ko-Fi! Your donation will go directly towards helping create quality content for future episodes. We appreciate your support! ❤️


    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceKausha Campbell - @kausha_campbell Nick Silverio - @nicksilverioo

    Check out our guest’s current projects! 
    Join the Artswrk community, the peer-to-peer professional network for artists!


    Check out some of the videos we watched in the episode! 
    Kausha's First TikTok
    Kausha's Shuffle Swap
    Carl's Jr. BLT Ranch
    Nick's First TikTok
    Nick's 5 Least Favorite Dance Competition Moves
    Emcee Announcing Next Category


    This episode is sponsored by:
    Thrive Dance Experience offers one-day convention events in PA, NC, OH and NJ! Registration for their fall events is now open!
    Use code: THRIVEWITHIDA for 5% off your registration!

    Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Gems Dance Competition!
    View their 2022 tour dates and register now!



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


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    Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of affiliated
    Thrive Dance Experience An education-first dance convention! Register now for Fall Conventions!Gems Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! Register for 2022 Events now!Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Dance in College - The Pros and The Cons

    Dance in College - The Pros and The Cons

    Guests - Angela Carter and Maddie Kurtz
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 69 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by veteran judge and educator Maddie Kurtz and choreographer and author Angela Carter to discuss the pros, cons, and everything in between of dancing in college.


    Topics Include:
     The best reasons to go to college for dance Things to consider when choosing a dance college Differences between BA, BFA, BS and BPA Choices you can make besides going to college for dance

    If you love Making The Impact and want to support our podcast, buy us a coffee now on Ko-Fi! Your donation will go directly towards helping create quality content for future episodes. We appreciate your support! ❤️


    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceAngela - @msangelacarterMaddie - @maddiekurtz92

    Check out our guests' current projects!
    Volume 3 of The Genius Guide to College Dance Programs by Angela Carter releases September 2021! Download e-book now on Amazon! 


    This episode is sponsored by:
    YoungArts
    Applications are open for the 2022 National YoungArts Competition, available for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12. Deadline to apply is October 15th, 2021. Learn more at www.YoungArts.org

    Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Star Talent Productions!
    View their 2022 season tour dates and register now at www.startalentproductions.com


    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 Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com
    Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Prop Potential

    Prop Potential

    Guests - Erin Demers and Robb Gibbs
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 68 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, props are the name of the game! Courtney and Lesley kick off Season 3 with IDA judges Robb and Erin to talk about prop use, prop pet peeves, and prop no-no's at competition!


    Topics Include:
     How to effectively use a prop When props are and aren't necessary Prop pet peeves from your judges Proper prop etiquette

    The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2017, and titled “Prop Potential - The Do's and Don'ts For the Competition Stage!”. Read now!


    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney - @courtney.ortizLesley - @miss.lesley.danceRobb - @robb.gibbs Erin -  @erindance2014
    If you love Making The Impact and want to support our podcast, buy us a coffee now on Ko-Fi! Your donation will go directly towards helping create quality content for future episodes. We appreciate your support! ❤️



    This episode is sponsored by:
    Download the ArrangeUs app now to manage your formations and transitions for all of your choreography needs!
    Click here to try it now for FREE and download in the App Store!

    Check out IDA Affiliated Competition DecaDance Competition!
    View their 2022 tour dates and register now!


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


    ArrangeUs - Dance Formations App A must have app for all dance teachers! Click logo to download now in the App Store! Deca Dance Competition View their 2022 Season tour dates and register now!Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Studio Spotlight - Project 21

    Studio Spotlight - Project 21

    Season 3 of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast kicks off with our very first Studio Spotlight Feature episode, showcasing Project 21, owned and operated by Molly Long in Orange County, CA. A professional training program which aims to prepare young dancers for a career in the commercial dance world, Project 21 has been seen on World of Dance, gracing the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, and receiving recognition by The Dance Awards like Top Jazz Studio. Tune in to hear about how Project 21 evolved into the program it is today and how they are so successful!

    Follow Project 21 @project21official and be sure to check out...
    Dance Spirit Magazine article
    "Post That" jazz routine
    Project 21 Youtube
    Project 21 website


    Is there a studio you'd like to see featured on our upcoming Studio Spotlight Features? Share your recommendations by shooting us an email at podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com.

    Follow your hosts and guests!
    Courtney Ortiz- @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceMolly Long - @mollylong21Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators
    If you love Making The Impact and want to support our podcast, buy us a coffee now on Ko-Fi! Your donation will go directly towards helping us create quality content for future episodes. We appreciate your support! ❤️

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
    Receive $10 off your next order with code: IMPACT21
     
    Spirit of Dance Awards - IDA Affiliated Competition!
    New England based dance competition committed to providing a fun, fair and exciting venue for dancers of all levels to showcase their passion in a positive environment! 
    Visit their website for 2022 season schedule and fall convention dates.


    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! 

    For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com
    Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Welcome to Season 3!

    Welcome to Season 3!

    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

    In the Season 3 Opener of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, your hosts Courtney and Lesley catch up on their summers, reminisce on Season 2, and share some fun news about the upcoming season!


    Topics Include:
     Welp Magazine ranking as one of the Top Dance Podcasts of 2021 Recap of Season 1 and Season 2 highlights Podcast cover art contest and winners New Studio Spotlight Feature episodes in Season 3 

    Follow your Hosts:
    Courtney - @courtney.ortizLesley - @miss.lesley.dance
    If you love Making The Impact and want to support our podcast, buy us a coffee now on Ko-Fi! Your donation will go directly towards helping us create quality content for future episodes. We appreciate your support!


    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 Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.com
    Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 31 min
    Season 2 - Wrap Up!

    Season 2 - Wrap Up!

    Hosted by Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor

    After 41 episodes, 75 guests and over 75K downloads, Season 2 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast is coming to a close! Join your hosts for a Season 2 wrap up with a look back at some favorite highlights, many shoutouts and thank you's, and a sneak peek at what's to come for S3! 

    Follow your Hosts
    Courtney @courtney.ortizLesley @ lesley.mealorIDA @impactdanceadjudicators 
    This episode was sponsored by:

    Dance Device Lab - In-studio workshops and Adjudication Showcases!
    Learn more on their website to have a DDL event come to your studio!

    Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance Gear, Bags, and Accessories!
    Use our promo code: BRAVO5678 at checkout to receive $10 off your order!


    What topics do you want to see on Season 3 of Making the Impact? Shoot us an email and share as we prep and brainstorm for next season over the summer! Email us with your ideas and requests at: podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com


    Be sure to join our new Facebook Group to stay connected during the off-season - 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! 


    Thank you for an amazing Season 2! We will see you for Season 3 starting Sept 2nd with episodes launching everything Thursday throughout the dance season! Until then, keep #MakingTheImpact

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

tscorp13 ,

Thank you!

I’m only a few episodes in and am addicted. I appreciate the insight, experience and knowledge provided. As a teacher I find it imperative to keep learning myself and while I love hearing things suggested that I already do as it provides some reassurance for me, I am learning so much more I either haven’t been doing, or haven’t focused on enough. This podcast provides new outlooks, approaches and focuses. I also have three daughters who dance and am hoping to find better ways to be a more patient teacher with them and less of the impatient mom. Thank you!

Stephakay ,

So much fun and informative for anyone who is involved in the Competitive Dance Industry

As a mom to a dancing son and daughter, as well as a dance coach, I just can’t get enough of these podcasts! They are packed full of real, honest, and impactful advice for everyone in the dance industry. The information is approached in a way that feels constructive and uplifting, directed towards all levels and styles, so I feel rejuvenated and excited to use and share what I’ve learned with others. I love spending my time listening to this!

Krystin Petrilli ,

Amazing Content

As a dance mom I often struggle to get quality information about the competition dance world. It is refreshing to have quality podcasts that cover so many useful topics and access to an incredible lineup of professional who share their knowledge and experiences. I often listen on our drives to and from our dance conventions.

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