Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast

Impact Dance Adjudicators

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!

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Why Some Studios Don't Compete
Yesterday
Why Some Studios Don't Compete
Guests - Courtney Rottenberger and Raynor Van der MerweHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 113 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are debunking the stereotypes surrounding studios that don't compete! Joining us today are IDA judge and former non-competitive dancer Courtney Rottenberger and studio owner Raynor van der Merwe to shed some light on the other side of the dance studio world!Topics Include:Opportunities that non-competitive environments can give dancers that competitive studios may not be able to offerHow growing up in a class and performance-based studio shaped the professional dancer that Courtney becameWhy Raynor chose to go the non-competitive route with Encore Performers and why she thinks it was the right choice for her studentsHelp 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.danceCourtney Rottenberger - @crbunhead, @courtney.rottenbergerRaynor van der Merwe - @encoreperformersThis episode is sponsored by:YoungArts - Applications are open for the 2023 National YoungArts Competition, available for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12. The deadline to apply is October 14th, 2022.Learn more at www.YoungArts.orgDecaDance Competition - IDA Affiliated CompetitionView 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.comDeca Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! View their 2023 Season tour dates and register now!YoungArts Applications for YoungArts's National Arts Competition are due 10/14/22! Support the show
Why Some Studios Don't Compete
Yesterday
Why Some Studios Don't Compete
Guests - Courtney Rottenberger and Raynor Van der MerweHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 113 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are debunking the stereotypes surrounding studios that don't compete! Joining us today are IDA judge and former non-competitive dancer Courtney Rottenberger and studio owner Raynor van der Merwe to shed some light on the other side of the dance studio world!Topics Include:Opportunities that non-competitive environments can give dancers that competitive studios may not be able to offerHow growing up in a class and performance-based studio shaped the professional dancer that Courtney becameWhy Raynor chose to go the non-competitive route with Encore Performers and why she thinks it was the right choice for her studentsHelp 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.danceCourtney Rottenberger - @crbunhead, @courtney.rottenbergerRaynor van der Merwe - @encoreperformersThis episode is sponsored by:YoungArts - Applications are open for the 2023 National YoungArts Competition, available for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12. The deadline to apply is October 14th, 2022.Learn more at www.YoungArts.orgDecaDance Competition - IDA Affiliated CompetitionView 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.comDeca Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! View their 2023 Season tour dates and register now!YoungArts Applications for YoungArts's National Arts Competition are due 10/14/22! Support the show
Elevating Your Training To a Pre-Pro Level
Sep 22 2022
Elevating Your Training To a Pre-Pro Level
Guests - Ricardo Pena and Liz SchmidtHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 112 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by Ricardo Pena of Performance Edge 2 and Liz Schmidt of Spotlight Dance Works to discuss how dance studio programs can level up their training to produce well-trained dancers who go on to collegiate and professional careers. Topics Include: The elements of a high level or pre-professional program How to offer high quality training to all dancers regardless of their professional aspirations Why catering to each dancer's individual desires for their dance future is a more helpful approach than a "one size fits all" approachHelp 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.danceRicardo Pena - @performanceedge2Liz Schmidt - @spotlightdanceworkspreproThis episode is sponsored by:Industry MentorsFind 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! 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 2023 season schedule and fall convention dates.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.comIndustry Mentors Career advice, stories from industry leaders & online master classes. Use Code: IMPACT for 15% off!Spirit of Dance Awards IDA Affiliated Competition! Register now for their 2023 Season!Support the show
Adding the Shock Value - A Discussion on Triggering and Sensitive Themes
Sep 15 2022
Adding the Shock Value - A Discussion on Triggering and Sensitive Themes
Guests - Amanda Nicole DiTullio and Daniel LongoHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 111 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are tackling a huge topic - shock value and triggering subject matter in the competitive world. Joining us on this journey are dance educators and judges Amanda Nicole DiTullio and Daniel Longo to investigate the issues surrounding presenting this type of work at dance competitions.Topics Include:Possible reasons why choreographers are putting more and more triggering statement pieces on stageOptions for subject matter for choreographers to consider other than triggering and traumatic events Ways that we as judges can express our opinion on the mic in a manner that will be received by a choreographer*Trigger Warning - this conversation mentions suicide, self-harm, and trauma. Listen with care.*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!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.danceAmanda Nicole DiTullio - @amandanicole_dDaniel Longo - @dslongo1 This episode is sponsored by: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! Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Gems Dance Competition!View their 2023 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.comIndustry Mentors Career advice, stories from industry leaders & online master classes. Use Code: IMPACT for 15% off!Gems Dance Competition IDA Affiliated Competition! Register now for their 2023 Season!Support the show
Hair & Makeup For the Competition Stage
Sep 8 2022
Hair & Makeup For the Competition Stage
Guests - Caroline Diamond and Lynne McNelisHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 110 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are chatting all things hair and makeup with two fabulous guests! Professional dancer and makeup artist Caroline Diamond and beauty industry expert and dance mom Lynne McNelis give some hot tips for hair and makeup at competition!Topics Include: Eyelashes - yes or no? Competition hairstyles for all hair types How important is uniformity in hair and makeup?What hair and makeup choices the judges love to see on stageHelp 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.danceCaroline Diamond - @carolinemdiamond, @reddiamondmakeupLynne McNelis - @here4thehairography, @fave4hairThis 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!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.comFAVE4 Haircare High-performing haircare built for the stage! Receive 15% off your first order! Use Code: IMPACT15Star Talent Productions IDA Affiliated Competition! Star Talent Productions! Register now for their 2023 Season!Support the show
Spotlight Feature - Rhee Gold
Sep 1 2022
Spotlight Feature - Rhee Gold
Hosted by Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorGuest: Rhee GoldKicking off the 4th season of Making the Impact, we are joined today by industry legend Rhee Gold for our first Spotlight Feature! Rhee is a household name in the dance world, spearheading such projects as the Dance Teacher Life Conference and the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association. Follow Rhee Gold on social media @rheegold and be sure to check out his website and upcoming conferences.Rhee GoldDance Life ConferenceSOUL Dancer ConferenceIDEA DanceHelp 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!This episode is sponsored by: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! Follow your Hosts & Guests!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor  - @miss.lesley.danceRhee Gold - @rheegoldJoin 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 us on social media at @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.comIndustry Mentors Career advice, stories from industry leaders & online master classes. Use Code: IMPACT for 15% off!Support the show
Welcome to Season 4!
Sep 1 2022
Welcome to Season 4!
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn the Season 4 Opener of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley discuss the exciting things that happened in Season 3 and dish about the fun stuff coming up in Season 4!Topics Include: Podcast cover art contest winners Podcast Magazine feature from January 2022 Summer bonus episodes New Platinum Premium membershipHelp 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!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceThis episode is sponsored by:Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off Level Up branded products with code: IMPACT10Join 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.comLevel Up Dance Supplies Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: IMPACT10Support the show
Q&A Live at Diva Dance Competition Nationals - Summer Bonus Episode!
Aug 18 2022
Q&A Live at Diva Dance Competition Nationals - Summer Bonus Episode!
We have another summer exclusive bonus episode coming to you LIVE from Diva Dance Competition's 10 year anniversary Nationals in Cambridge, MD. Making the Impact hosted our 2nd LIVE audience event and it was a huge success! Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Julie Swartz, Christina Belinsky, Lauren Alto and Eddie Bennett to answer questions from dance parents, studio owners, and dancers! Topics included: How decimal places really work in scoring What inspires us as artists What judges would really like to see on stageThank you to IDA Affiliated Competition Diva Dance Competition for hosting our live event at Nationals and for all of your support!Follow your Hosts & Guests!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceLauren Alto - @lauren_alto_Christina Belinsky - @christinabelinksyEddie Bennett - @euphorian54Julie Swartz - @julieswartz86Help support our podcast! Join Making The Impact's Platinum Premium Subscription today! Your membership includes:- Monthly Q&A episodes released to members-only- Priority 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 Merchandise- Exclusive 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!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 IDA on Instagram at @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of IDA Affiliated dance competitions, visit our website at www.impactdanceadjudicators.comDiva Dance Competition America's Live Judging Competition! Register now for a 2022 event to experience the diva differenceSupport the show
Q&A Live at Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals - Summer Bonus Episode!
Jul 30 2022
Q&A Live at Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals - Summer Bonus Episode!
We have a summer exclusive bonus episode coming to you LIVE from Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals in Hyannis, MA! Making the Impact hosted our very first ever LIVE audience event and it was a huge success! Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Robb Gibbs and Sam Quinn to answer questions from dance parents, studio owners, and dancers! Topics included: Levels and how judges approach adjudications at each level Musical theatre vs jazz performance quality How judges approach adjudicating subject matter they don't agree withThank you to IDA Affiliated Competition Spirit of Dance Awards for hosting our live event at Nationals and Clear Line Technologies for running our sound and video! CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A with Courtney episode. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!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! Follow your Hosts & Guests!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceRobb Gibbs - @robb.gibbsSam Quinn - @samquinnJoin 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.comSupport the show
Season 3 - Wrap Up!
Jun 2 2022
Season 3 - Wrap Up!
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorWe're wrapping up Season 3 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast! Season 3 has been full of exciting new guests, old favorites, and of course, YOU - our fantastic fans! Catch you next season with even more episodes that make the impact!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!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceImpact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicatorsWill you be attending Diva Dance Competition or Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals? Join us for a LIVE Q&A Taping of Making the Impact!Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals - July 11-17Diva Dance Competition Nationals - July 18-22This episode is sponsored by:Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: IMPACT21Dancer FitnessHundreds of exercises & training plans designed for dancers!Monthly membership starts at just $1Use code: IMPACT20 for 20% off your annual membership! 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.comLevel Up Dance Supplies Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678Dancer Fitness Exercises & training plans designed for Dancers! Receive 20% Annual Membership! Use code: IMPACT20Support the show
What Makes the Perfect Production Number
Jun 2 2022
What Makes the Perfect Production Number
Guests - Veronica Silk and Christina WigintonHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 106 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we explore all the facets that make up the perfect production number - from music choices, to themes, to staging, to props or no props! Joining us today are IDA judge and dance educator Veronica Silk and owner of CK Danceworks, Christina Wiginton, to share their thoughts about all things production!Topics Include: What are the components of a production number? What do judges want to see (and not want to see) in a production? Best practices for choreography and stagingIf 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.danceVeronica Silk - @veronica_silkChristina Wiginton - @inabarbiew0rldCheck out our guest’s current projects! See Veronica's choreography at The Atlanta Lyric Theatre's production of "Guys and Dolls" starting August 25, 2022!This episode is sponsored by:Dance Costumes by UrzúaCustom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body! Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear! Dancer FitnessHundreds of exercises & training plans designed for dancers!Monthly membership starts at just $1Use code: IMPACT20 for 20% off your annual membership! 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.comDance Costumes by Urzúa Custom costumes! Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout! Dancer Fitness Exercises & training plans designed for Dancers! Receive 20% Annual Membership! Use code: IMPACT20Diva Dance Competition America's Live Judging Competition! Register now for a 2022 event to experience the diva differenceSupport the show
Dancing in Heels - Commercial Dance vs. Theatre Dance
May 26 2022
Dancing in Heels - Commercial Dance vs. Theatre Dance
Guests - Monica Giavanna and Skye MattoxHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 105 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we tackle the wonderful world of dancing in heels! From commercial dance to theatre jazz, there are a surprising amount of things to consider when adding a few inches to your shoes! Joining us today are professional dancers Skye Mattox and Monica Giavanna to give you some helpful hints for dancing in heels.Topics Include: Why heels training is important The differences between dancing in heels in the commercial world and the theatre world How to incorporate heels training in the studioIf 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.danceMonica Giavanna - @monicagiavannaSkye Mattox - @skye_mattoxCheck out our guest’s current projects! Take theatre jazz class in heels with Skye at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center!Check out some of the products we spoke about in the episode! La Duca Shoes Bloch Split Flex SoDanca Broadway CabaretBurju ShoesThis episode is sponsored by:Dance Costumes by UrzúaCustom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body! Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear!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.comSupport the show
A Complete Guide to Summer Dance Intensives
May 19 2022
A Complete Guide to Summer Dance Intensives
Guests - Brandon Cournay and Timaree CraftHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 104 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we're diving into summer with a chat about the benefits of summer intensives for dancers! Joining us this week are competition team director Timaree Craft and dancer, choreographer and Dance Device Lab owner Brandon Cournay to discuss the ins and outs of summer intensives.Topics Include: How to find out about summer intensives The different types of intensives and their pros and cons How to handle students going away for the summer vs staying home for choreography or rehearsalsClick here to download our FREE PDF list of summer dance intensives provided by IDA! 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.danceBrandon Cournay - @brandon_cournay Timaree Craft - @timareecraftCheck out our guest’s current projects! Dance Device Lab's in-studio programming: Summer Intensives, Adjudication Showcase, In-Studio Conventions, and more!  This episode is sponsored by:Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance Gear and Dance Bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: IMPACT21Dancer Fitness - Hundreds of exercises & training plans designed for dancers!Monthly membership starts at just $1.Use code: IMPACT20 for 20% off your annual membership! Check out our IDA Affiliate Competition and Sponsor - Diva Dance Competition!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.comLevel Up Dance Supplies Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678Dancer Fitness Exercises & training plans designed for Dancers! Receive 20% Annual Membership! Use code: IMPACT20Diva Dance Competition America's Live Judging Competition! Register now for a 2022 event to experience the diva differenceSupport the show
Studio Spotlight - Club Dance
May 12 2022
Studio Spotlight - Club Dance
Guests: Kelli Wilkins, Aly Slone, Kiley ForrestHosts: Courtney Ortiz & Lesley MealorClub Dance, located in Mesa, Arizona, provides exceptional dance training from the very basics to their pre-professional program. Owner Kelli Wilkins, along with company directors Aly Slone and Kiley Forrest, join us for the final Studio Spotlight of Season 3 to share the many things that make Club Dance unique among dance studios!Follow Club Dance on social media!@clubdanceofficial@clubdance_legacysportsCheck out some of their performance videos:Club Dance Hip Hop "They Forgot About" at The Dance AwardsClub Dance Mini Musical Theatre "Sugar Babies"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:FAVE4 Haircare - High-performing hair products built for the stage!Use code: IMPACT15 at checkout to receive 15% off your first order!Dance Costumes by UrzúaCustom 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.ortizLesley Mealor  - @miss.lesley.danceKelli Wilkins - @kelli_wilkins5 Aly Slone - @alysloneKiley Forrest - @kileyforrestJoin 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.comSupport the show
Happy Mother's Day! Featuring Our Dance Moms!
May 5 2022
Happy Mother's Day! Featuring Our Dance Moms!
Guests - Robin Ortiz and Brenda MealorHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 102 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are celebrating all the dance moms out there, but especially ours! Robin Ortiz and Brenda Mealor join us today to share what Courtney and Lesley were really like as young competitive dancers and what their experiences were as dance moms in the 90s and early 2000s.Topics Include: Why both girls were put into dance classes  Observations on the competitive dance industry then and now The challenges of raising dancers who wanted to pursue professional careersIf 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.danceRobin Ortiz - @dancemom85Brenda Mealor  - @tdsdance This episode is sponsored by:Dance Costumes by UrzúaCustom Dance Costumes and Dancewear made for every body! Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear! FAVE4 Haircare - High-performing hair products built for the stage!Use code: IMPACT15 at checkout to receive 15% off your first order!Check out our IDA Affiliate Competition and Sponsor - Diva Dance Competition! Head to their website to view their upcoming tour dates at www.divacomps.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.comDance Costumes by Urzúa Custom costumes! Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout! FAVE4 Haircare High-performing haircare built for the stage! Receive 15% off your first order! Use Code: IMPACT15Diva Dance Competition America's Live Judging Competition! Register now for a 2022 event to experience the diva differenceSupport the show
Dancing with Disabilities & Special Needs - Creating Inclusivity in Dance
Apr 28 2022
Dancing with Disabilities & Special Needs - Creating Inclusivity in Dance
Guests - Chelsie Hill and Kim SmithHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 101 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, guests Chelsie Hill, a dancer and wheelchair user, and Kim Smith, founder of A Chance To Dance, a program for dancers with special needs and disabilities, join Courtney and Lesley for a conversation about creating inclusivity in dance.Topics Include: Why Kim doesn't place her dancers in special needs categories at competitive events How Chelsie created an inclusive, meaningful and successful company (The Rollettes)  How dance studios and dance makers can advocate for dancers of all abilities and circumstances in their communitiesIf 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.danceChelsie Hill - @chelsiehillRollettes - @rollettes_laKim Smith - @achancetodance_cltCheck out our guests' current projects! Rollettes Experience - July 21-July 24 - An in-person event in California for any and all women who use a mobility device. This episode is sponsored by:Dance Costumes by UrzúaCustom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body! Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear! Dancer FitnessHundreds of exercises & training plans designed for dancers!Monthly membership starts at just $1Use code: IMPACT20 for 20% off your annual membership! 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.comDance Costumes by Urzúa Custom costumes! Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout! Dancer Fitness Exercises & training plans designed for Dancers! Receive 20% Annual Membership! Use code: IMPACT20Support the show (
The Top 10 Studio Habits Judges See At Competition
Apr 21 2022
The Top 10 Studio Habits Judges See At Competition
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn this episode of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by several IDA judges to celebrate our 100th episode by counting down the top ten studio habits that we see at competition! From the good habits to the not so good habits, this is a conversation you don't want to miss!Topics Include: Prop use and set up Turn preparations  Dancers supporting other dancersIf 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!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor - @miss.lesley.danceThis 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 in the App Store!Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: IMPACT21Join 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.comArrangeUs - Dance Formations App A must have app for all dance teachers! Click logo to download now in the App Store! Level Up Dance Supplies Dance gear and Dance bags! Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678Support the show (
All About Agents & Casting Directors
Apr 7 2022
All About Agents & Casting Directors
Guests - Jim Keith and Jason StyresHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 98 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, casting director Jason Styres and dance agent Jim Keith sit down with Courtney and Lesley to explain what their respective roles are in relation to professional dancers, and how competitive dance can be a great training tool for the commercial dance world.Topics Include:How to cultivate a good relationship with casting directors, and why reputation mattersWhat agents do (and do not do)Why having a digital footprint is important for competitive dancers wanting to pursue a professional career 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.danceJason Styres - @CastingByJasonStyres Jim Keith - @jimkeith76Learn more about Jim's agency and Jason's casting company! The Movement Talent AgencyThe Casting CollaborativeCheck out some of the resources we spoke about in the episode! Actors AccessBackstagePlaybillCasting NetworksAnswers 4 DancersThis 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!Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Star Talent Productions!View their 2022 season tour dates and register now at www.startalentproductions.comJoin 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.comFAVE4 Haircare High-performing haircare built for the stage! Receive 15% off your first order! Use Code: IMPACT15Star Talent Productions Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Star Talent Productions! Register now for their 2022 Season!Support the show (
From Competitive Dancer to Competition Teacher - Navigating the Other Side
Mar 31 2022
From Competitive Dancer to Competition Teacher - Navigating the Other Side
Guests - Lenaya Williams and Maddie BarnesHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 97 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, special guests Lenaya Williams and Maddie Barnes give us the inside scoop on what their transitions were like from being competitive dancers to becoming competitive dance teachers. Both provide unique perspectives that are must-hears for dancers wanting to dive straight into teaching competitive dance!Topics Include: How these comp teachers got the teaching bug, and how their competitive experiences shaped their teaching styles Differences between the perspective of a seasoned comp teacher and a new comp teacher, and how that influences their work What to do when studios and teachers differ in their approach to teaching competitive studentsIf 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.danceLenaya Williams - @Len_nik18Maddie Barnes - @maddiembarnesThis episode is sponsored by:Dance Costumes by UrzúaCustom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body! Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear!The True and Unquestionable Account of Dr. Joseph SnodgrassAn immersive musical play about Edgar Allan Poe’s best friend and most terrible nemesis, created and produced by IDA Judge Ashley Marinelli. Support the show here! Check out our IDA Affiliate Competition and Sponsor - Diva Dance Competition! Head to their website to view their upcoming 2020 tour dates at www.divacomps.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.comSupport the show (
How to NOT be a Stage Mom!
Mar 24 2022
How to NOT be a Stage Mom!
Guests - Summer Aiello & Shannon ThomasHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorBeing a dance parent requires learning a lot of new information, from theatre etiquette to competition structures. But one thing that’s not covered in any studio handbook is how not to be a stage mom. Joining us on this week's episode of Making the Impact is dance parent Summer Aiello and studio owner Shannon Thomas to school us on the behaviors and qualities that make up an ideal dance parent and how NOT to be a “stage mom.”Topics Include:Understanding boundaries between your dancer and your studio ownerlearning what is acceptable dance parent behavior how to stay involved without pushing limitsIf 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.danceSummer @SummerbelliesShannon @legacydance386This 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!Dance Costumes by Urzúa - Custom Dance Costumes and Dancewear for made every body! Use code: IMPACT15 for 15% off all costumes and dancewear!  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.comFAVE4 Haircare High-performing haircare built for the stage! Receive 15% off your first order! Use Code: IMPACT15Support the show