Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast

Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast

www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/podcast
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?” Courtney will even fly solo on special Q and A episodes where she will answer YOUR questions about dance competitions!


Season One - Wrap Up!
Jun 1 • 62 min
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.
LIVE Q&A with Courtney and Lesley - May Edition
May 24 • 56 min
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!
Translating Competitive Training into a Commercial or Concert Dance Career
May 18 • 47 min
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.
Senior Feature - A Look into the Lives of 3 Graduating Senior Dancers
May 11 • 47 min
On this week’s episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley speak with three special seniors in high school about how their final competition season has been affected by COVID-19.
Cross Training during Quarantine
May 4 • 49 min
In Episode 25 of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Kelsey and Katie to talk about the benefits of cross training for dancers.
Q&A with Courtney - April Edition
Apr 27 • 48 min
In the April Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney is joined by IDA Judges Sam and Chellie to help answer your questions sent in by listeners!
What Makes a Successful Musical Theatre Entry - Hear from the Experts
Apr 20 • 51 min
On this week’s episode of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley are joined by Musical Theatre experts to discuss the ways this genre stands out from the rest!
Virtual Dance Classes - Navigating a New Way of Teaching
Apr 13 • 50 min
In Episode 23 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley sit down with IDA Judges Casey and Lainee to talk about how they are navigating the new wave of teaching dance online during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Levels at Competition- Thoughts from your Judges
Apr 6 • 51 min
Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Steven Cardona and Amy Maze to tackle one of the hottest topics in the industry - levels at Competition!
Beyond the Barre - Why Ballet Matters in Competitive Dance
Mar 30 • 49 min
Today on Making the Impact, ballet is taking center stage as Courtney and Lesley chat with IDA judges and ballet specialists Carrie Euker and Holly Gannett!
Pushing Past Performance Anxiety
Mar 23 • 48 min
On this week’s episode of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley dive deep into the topic of performance anxiety with guests Jen Garraffa and Melissa Bartrem.
COVID-19 - The Effects on the Dance Community
Mar 18 • 55 min
On this special episode of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley discuss the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the dance community, from the perspective of teachers, judges, parents, and professional dancers.
The Power of Social Media in the Dance World
Mar 9 • 47 min
This week’s hot topic is social media for dancers, and guests Kelly Krammer and Hillary Zbyszinski, have lots to say!
The Evolution of Acro
Mar 2 • 49 min
Courtney and Lesley are joined by Melissa Anderson and Drew Burgess, some of the best acro teachers in the biz, to discuss all things acro!
Q&A with Courtney - February Edition
Feb 24 • 36 min
In the February edition of Q&A With Courtney, she answers your questions, including topics like judging expectations, acro dance, bumping up levels, and onstage performance.
Changing The Game - Interview with REVEL Dance Convention
Feb 17 • 46 min
This week on Making The Impact - Courtney sits down for our first interview with dance convention owners, Frank Musso and Christian Clark from Revel Dance Convention. They discuss the in’s and out’s of starting a convention company and their rise to…
Competition Kindness - Etiquette at the Event
Feb 10 • 49 min
For this Valentine’s Day week episode of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley talk with special guests Lauren Alto, Beau Hutchings, and Kelsey Lack about kindness and etiquette at competition as well as in the studio.
The Importance of Tap Class and Why You Should Be Taking It
Feb 3 • 45 min
This week, Courtney and Lesley are joined by tap specialists Angelina Young Savage and Michelle Tolson to chat about why tap is an important part of every dancer’s education.
Q&A with Courtney & Lesley - January Edition
Jan 27 • 59 min
In the January edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney invites a special guest, her co-host Lesley, to jump in and help answer your questions on topics like tricks, age appropriateness, genres and more.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Costuming for the Competitive Stage
Jan 20 • 47 min
Courtney and Lesley dive into costumes with guests Sheena DiMatteo and Daniel Tardibono, and tackle the most burning question in the industry - tights or no tights?
Our Stage is Your Canvas - Interview with High Demand Dance Competition
Jan 13 • 44 min
On this week’s episode, Courtney interviews Kelli Rooney and Natalie Layton, owners of HD Dance Competition and gets the inside scoop on their unique events!
Taking Critical Feedback from your Judges
Jan 6 • 44 min
Today on Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley are joined by the talented Christina Belinsky to discuss the value of taking critical feedback from judges at competition.
Q&A with Courtney - December Edition
Dec 23, 2019 • 31 min
On this month’s edition of Q&A with Courtney, she answers questions from listeners about: levels at Competition, are tricks necessary in competition choreography, and how to stand out as a dancer!
Why Technique Will Never Go out of Style
Dec 16, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, Courtney and Lesley are joined by two fantastic technicians, Erika Hebron and Mary Roberts, who have lots to say about the value of technique!
Investing in the Future of Dance - Interview with Just Dance Invitational
Dec 9, 2019 • 29 min
Courtney interviews Sandra Choi, owner of Just Dance Invitational, on this week’s episode of Making the Impact!
Boys in Dance
Dec 2, 2019 • 43 min
This week, Courtney and Lesley chat with male dancers and IDA Judges Eddie Bennett, Colin Shea Denniston, and Robb Gibbs about their experiences as male dancers, and discuss ways to keep young male dancers excited and invested in dance.
Age Range Expectations
Nov 25, 2019 • 46 min
On this week’s episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney chats with teachers and IDA judges Miranda, Emily, and Jessica about the expectations for each age range at competition.
Q&A with Courtney - November Edition
Nov 18, 2019 • 33 min
In November’s edition of Q&A with Courtney, she answers your questions about levels, transitions, and the age old debate - tights or no tights?
Choreography
Nov 11, 2019 • 45 min
Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and choreographers Adrienne Hicks and Joey Ortolani to break down exactly what judges are looking for in competition choreography, and how to stay inspired to create award winning choreography.
The Diva Difference - Interview with Diva Dance Competition
Nov 4, 2019 • 37 min
Courtney interviews the owners of Diva Dance Competition, Anne and Kym!
Lyrical vs. Contemporary - Separating the Styles
Oct 28, 2019 • 43 min
IDA judges Christina Fuschetto and Maddie Kurtz join Lesley and Courtney for an in-depth discussion about lyrical and contemporary dance styles, and why the differences between the two styles are so important at competition.
Competition Cleaning - Perfecting Your Routines
Oct 21, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Chloe Roberts and Christina Young Yoder to talk about cleaning your pieces for competition.
10 Tips for Dance Convention Training
Oct 21, 2019 • 22 min
Courtney and a few special guests give 10 tips for dance convention training in Episode 3 of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast.
Q&A with Courtney - October Edition
Oct 14, 2019 • 23 min
In the October edition of Q&A With Courtney, listen as she answers your questions about levels, solos, and more! Hear from a couple of special guests as they chime in as well.
What Dance Competitions Taught Me
Oct 14, 2019 • 41 min
Courtney and Lesley sit down with IDA Judges Ashley Marinelli and Troy Haywood to discuss what dance competitions have taught them.
Meet the Hosts of Making The Impact!
Oct 14, 2019 • 11 min
Welcome to the podcast! Hosts Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor introduce themselves, explain what Impact Dance Adjudicators is, and let you know what to look forward to in Season 1!