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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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    • 4.8 • 179 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!

    The World of College Dance Teams - What You Need To Know!

    The World of College Dance Teams - What You Need To Know!

    Guests - Melissa McGhee and Carsen Rowe
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 122 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley dive into the (unknown to them) world of college dance teams! Special guests Carsen Rowe, founder of Tribe 99 Choreography, and Melissa McGhee, coach of the 9x national champion Ohio State University dance team, lead the conversation about this side of the dance industry!



    Topics Include:
     The differences and similarities in the training that goes into preparing for dance teams and other kinds of dance  Recruitment strategies and how to audition for a dance team Breaking down the circuits and divisions of dance teams for all ages


    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. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearYour 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.danceCarsen Rowe - @carsen.rowe, @tribe.99.choreoMelissa McGhee - @mmcghee65


    Check out our guest’s current projects! 
    TRIBE 99 is beginning our annual search to find professional choreographers to be represented by the dance team industry's largest and most sought-after choreography agency - CHOREO-CONNECT. 

    Click here to subscribe to Tribe99's choreographer email list to get all the upcoming 2023 application information!



    This episode is sponsored by:
    FAVE4 Haircare - High-performing hair products built for the stage!
    Use code: IMPACT15 at checkout to receive 15% off your first order!

    Liberate Artists
    A dance and performing arts organization that builds confidence and promotes social growth in young people through inclusive, non-competitive dance experiences.
    Receive $500 off an upcoming 2023 experience! Email contact@liberateartists.com and mention "Making The Impact!" 



    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
    FAVE4 Haircare High-performing haircare built for the stage!
    Receive 15% off your first order! Use Code: IMPACT15Liberate Artists An organization that promotes social growth through inclusive, non-competitive dance experiences.Support the show

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Do Dancers Need Private Lessons To Succeed?

    Do Dancers Need Private Lessons To Succeed?

    Guest - Mary Marrone
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 121 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, IDA judge and dance studio owner Mary Marrone joins us for a conversation on the benefits and detriments of private lessons for dancers.



    Topics Include:
     How to know when your dancer is ready for a private lesson What a private lesson should and shouldn't include What to do if private lessons aren't available or affordable for your family

    Help support our podcast! Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes the following:
    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. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearYour 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.danceMary Marrone - @marymarrone5678 




    This episode is sponsored by:

    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 Star Talent Productions!
    View their 2023 season tour dates and register 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
    Apolla Performance Revolutionary compression dance socks for all styles!Star Talent Productions IDA Affiliated Competition! Star Talent Productions! Register now for their 2023 Season!Support the show

    • 53 min
    Stage & Costume Malfunctions - What To Do During Onstage Mishaps

    Stage & Costume Malfunctions - What To Do During Onstage Mishaps

    Guests - Halle Mastroberardino and Donna Michelle Vaughn
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 120 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we discover the many ways things can go wrong at a live dance performance, from costume malfunctions to dropped props and more! Joining us for this discussion today are professional dancers and IDA judges Halle Mastroberardino and Donna Michelle Vaughn to give you some tips and tricks to salvage any mishaps that might happen on stage!



    Topics Include:
     Best practices for a dropped prop The one time you MUST leave stage when something goes wrong How to avoid costume mishaps before they happen


    Help support our podcast! Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes the following:
    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. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearYour 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.danceHalle Mastroberardino - @hallemastroberardinoDonna Michelle Vaughn - Slimglam_d


    Check out our guest’s current projects! 


    Let's Take It From The Top - Halle's podcast about life as a theatre performer/creator

    Dynamix Works - Donna's workshop where you learn from industry professionals. Coming up - Winter pop-up workshop December 26th and 27th, New York, NY



    This episode is sponsored by:


    FAVE4 Haircare - High-performing hair products built for the stage!
    Use code: IMPACT15 at checkout to receive 15% off your first order!


    DecaDance Competition - IDA Affiliated Competition
    View their 2023 tour dates and register now!


    Industry Mentors  - Find a mentor to help you take your career to the next level. Online master classes, training tools, and advice from professional dance mentors.
    Use our exclusive promo code IMPACT for 20% off your subscription! 


    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! 



    Jo
    FAVE4 Haircare High-performing haircare built for the stage!
    Receive 15% off your first order! Use Code: IMPACT15Industry Mentors Career advice, stories from industry leaders & online master classes.
    Use Code: IMPACT for 15% off!Deca Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! View their 2023 Season tour dates and register now!Support the show

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Spotlight Feature - Stacey Tookey

    Spotlight Feature - Stacey Tookey

    Guest: Stacey Tookey
    Hosted by Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor



    Stacey Tookey has had a long and varied career in the entertainment industry, from pro dance team work to aspiring ballerina to choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance to entrepreneur and business owner. We are excited to bring you Stacey Tookey as our second Spotlight Feature of Season 4. 


    Follow Stacey Tookey on social media @sjtookey and be sure to check out their upcoming projects.
    THE PROTÉGÉ MOVEMENT-  The Protégé Movement is the home of innovative dance and wellness experiences that center around inspiring healthy bodies, informed minds, and authentic hearts.
    Edmonton Nov 11-13th,  NYC Jan 6-8thTHE BRIDGE MOVEMENT - An innovative conservatory dance program for dancers 17+ bridging the gap towards a thriving professional dance career.



    Who would you like to see featured on our upcoming Spotlight Interviews? Share your recommendations by shooting us an email at podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com.



    Help support our podcast! Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes the following:
    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. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearYour 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:
    Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and dance bags!
    Receive $10 off Level Up branded products with code: IMPACT10


    Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Gems Dance Competition!
    View their 2023 tour dates and register now!



    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor  - @miss.lesley.danceStacey Tookey - @sjtookeyThe Bridge Movement - @thebridge.movementThe Protege Movement - @theprotegemovement




    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
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Why a Proper Warm Up is Crucial For All Dancers

    Why a Proper Warm Up is Crucial For All Dancers

    Guests - Kendall Baab and Adrienne Hicks
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 118 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, dance trainer Kendall Baab and IDA judge and dance educator Adrienne Hicks join us to discuss the importance of a proper warm-up for dancers, and why sitting in a straddle is not the answer!



    Topics Include:
     The 4 parts of a proper warm-up The differences between static and dynamic stretching The benefits of a cool down


    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. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearYour 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.danceKendall Baab - @trainwithkendallAdrienne Hicks - @adge24


    Check out our guest’s current projects! 
    Get Stronger | Dance Longer - Kendall's group training program starts in February 2023. Join the waitlist now by going to www.bodykinect.org



    This episode is sponsored by:
    Liberate Artists
    A dance and performing arts organization that builds confidence and promotes social growth in young people through inclusive, non-competitive dance experiences.
    Receive $500 off an upcoming 2023 experience! Email contact@liberateartists.com and mention "Making The Impact!"


    Apolla Shocks
    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 Star Talent Productions!
    View their 2023 season tour dates and register 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 4 min
    A Breakdown of Tap Dance Styles

    A Breakdown of Tap Dance Styles

    Guests - Aaron Parkhurst and Jason E. Bernard
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 117 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, tap educators Aaron Parkhurst and Jason E. Bernard join us to share insight about the different styles of tap dance that exist and how they really aren't that different at all!



    Topics Include:
     What makes tap dance so different than other styles of dance Why learning different ways to count is important in tap dance What judges really want to see in the tap category at competition


    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. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearYour 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.danceAaron Parkhurst - @apk360 Jason E. Bernard - @Broadwayjayb


    This episode is sponsored by:


    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!


    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


    Apolla Performance Revolutionary compression dance socks for all styles!Gems Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! Register now for their 2023 Season!Support the show

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

Loulou597 ,

Shocking and triggering!

This episode should be mandatory for all educators and choreographers!!!! My kids were at a comp with gun shots, children running and dying and it really hit them hard and not in a good way. My younger ones were crying and scared and ran out of the theater to the police man who was on his way to lockdown the school. Let’s just not. Thank you for all your advice and opinions. You all are wonderful!

mountaineer10! ,

Thanks so much LOVE podcast

Such a good one for a comp student like me. I learn so much and would recommend this to any type of dancer. Thank you Courtney and Leslie, love this one.

Summizzle ,

EVERY mom needs to listen

Hi! My name is Summer Aiello, (you might’ve heard me on last seasons, dance mom episode) and I am here to let every dance, mom, or dad know that this is required, listening your child is in the dance competition world, or even just wants to pursue dance as a career. I grew up dancing, and I would have LOVED if there had been a resource like this available to me and my mom as I navigated the dance world ups and downs to become a professional. The information Courtney and Leslie give in each episode is so important: from having professionals on to discuss their experiences to judges explaining what they look for onstage- there is truly something for EVERY dance mom to take away. My daughter Paige and I listen in the car every week and it’s beneficial for her to hear these things straight from the people she is working to aspire to be. I can’t thank you enough for providing this resource that’s so needed in this Dance community!

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