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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 • 135 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!

    All About Dance Conventions

    All About Dance Conventions

    Guests - Casie Goshow and Kat Martyak
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 73 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, your hosts Courtney and Lesley are joined by dance company director Kat Martyak and convention faculty member Casie Goshow to break down the ins and outs of the dance convention scene!


    Topics Include:
     How to choose the right convention for your studio Convention etiquette for dancers The differences between competitions and convention-competitions

    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.danceCasie Goshow - @bgirltyneeKat Martyak - @katmartyak

    Check out our guests' current projects! 
    Be sure to visit Casie's clothing line at www.goshowyourself.com!


    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!


    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!

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



    Thrive Dance Experience An education-first dance convention! Register now for Fall Conventions!Spirit of Dance Awards IDA Affiliated Competition! Register now for their 2022 Season!Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Q&A with Courtney LIVE - October Edition

    Q&A with Courtney LIVE - October Edition

    For our first Q&A with Courtney LIVE episode of Season 3, Courtney is joined by IDA Judge Joey Ortolani to sit down and answer your questions on topics including:


    What dance parents should know before investing in competitive danceThe ingredients to a winning routineStudio habits judges see at competitionHow to know when it is time to change studios  Career options for 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 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
    Dance Costumes by Urzúa
    Custom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body!
    Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear! 


    Follow your Hosts & Guests!
    Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizJoey Ortolani - @joeyortoIDA - @ImpactDanceAdjudicators


    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


    Dance Costumes by Urzúa Custom costumes!
    Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!
    Level Up Dance Supplies Dance gear and Dance bags!
    Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Overstretching & Flexibility - How Much Is Too Much?

    Overstretching & Flexibility - How Much Is Too Much?

    Guests - Mary Roberts and Christine Jones
    Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


    In Episode 71 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, your hosts discuss the trends of overstretching and extreme flexibility with special guests Mary Roberts, IDA judge and jazz dance educator, and Christine Jones, owner of mUvmethod, a progressive conditioning program for dancers.


    Topics Include:
     True definitions of overstretching and hypermobility Safer ways to achieve flexibility Thoughts on stretching tools

    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.danceMary Roberts - @msmaryrobertsChristine Jones - @muvmethod

    Learn more about mUvmethod and their courses!
    The Stretch Solution - mUvmethod's  Level 1 flexibility training program, which trains instructors in the fundamentals of safe and effective stretching and provides access to our comprehensive weekly stretch curriculum for dancers ages 5 and up. 


    This episode is sponsored by:
    Dance Costumes by Urzúa
    Custom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body!
    Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear!

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



    Dance Costumes by Urzúa Custom costumes!
    Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!
    Gems Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! Register for 2022 Events now!Support the show (http://www.ko-fi.com/makingtheimpact)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    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 


    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
    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

Customer Reviews

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135 Ratings

135 Ratings

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