204 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, 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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    • 4.7 • 239 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, 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! 

    Studio Spotlight - Beyond Belief Dance Company

    Studio Spotlight - Beyond Belief Dance Company

    Guest: Justin JohnsonHosted by Courtney Ortiz & Lesley MealorBeyond Belief Dance Company out of Mesquite, Texas, is known for its incredible performance quality, high level of commitment, and unique choreographic concepts. Owned and operated by Justin Johnson (who you may also know as his drag persona, Alyssa Edwards), Beyond Belief Dance Company strives to give the best instruction to each individual student that walks through the door!Follow Beyond Belief Dance Company on Instagram @bey...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Transition From Competitive Dancer to Professional Dancer

    The Transition From Competitive Dancer to Professional Dancer

    Guests - Menina Fortunato and Sissa StrainHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 186 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, industry professionals Menina Fortunato and Sissa Strain give us their best advice for dancers making the transition from the competitive world to the professional world.Topics Include: Things that make you stand out as a beginner in the industry Why networking is so important at the start of your career How to navigate the fea...

    • 1 hr 30 min
    The Importance of Ballet Training - Insights from Seasoned Educators

    The Importance of Ballet Training - Insights from Seasoned Educators

    Guests - Deborah Engerman and Jim NowakowskiHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 185 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, two seasoned ballet educators join us to discuss all things ballet, from the relevance of a dress code to what they think is missing in the ballet training of competitive dancers!Topics Include: Why the dress code still matters in ballet Things that are missing from the ballet training of competitive dancers A teaser of point...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Changing Studios - When Is It The Right Time?

    Changing Studios - When Is It The Right Time?

    Guests - Richshawna and Saliha Sims, and Emily MartinHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 184 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we hear from three perspectives - a studio owner, a dance parent, and a dancer about how to change studios and what to look for when making the decision!Topics Include: How to recognize when it may be time to change studios Best practices for researching a new studio How to address any negative repercussions of chang...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How Do Competition Judges Keep Their Emotions Out of Scoring?

    How Do Competition Judges Keep Their Emotions Out of Scoring?

    Guests - Rachel Roberts and Tommy ScrivensHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 183 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, two veteran IDA judges join us to discuss how we remain as objective as possible when judging, while also trying to stay human and enjoy the art of dance!Topics Include: The different reasons a judge may be emotionally affected by a routine Strategies for separating emotions from the work without losing the ability to take in the ar...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Pursuing a Career in Concert Dance

    Pursuing a Career in Concert Dance

    Guests - Madi Hicks and Doug BaumHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn 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...

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
239 Ratings

239 Ratings

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Chase Haley Bowden

I got to take a class from chase haley Bowden recently at revel dance convention and I got to dance in the ending showcase and he choreographed it and it was amazing choreography and a friend at my studio had a big crush on him

Krystin Petrilli ,

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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