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, 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!

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Our Editor's Take

Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast is about competitive dance. Cohost Courtney Ortiz is a professional dancer, an educator, and the owner of Impact Dance Adjudicators. Cohost Lesley Mealor is also a dance competition judge and a veteran performer.

Courtney and Lesley speak with energy and enthusiasm. The podcast hosts talk about the "ridiculous expectations" of dance. They discuss topics like protecting dancer's physical safety. They also talk about the dos and don'ts of music editing for competitive dance.

In the podcast, Courtney and Lesley reflect on their own experiences as dancers. As judges, they also share their views on the competitive dance world. Some episodes may help people improve their understanding of dance terms. Listeners can expect to learn the difference between dance competitions and dance conventions. They can also discover what "lyrical" and "contemporary" dance styles involve.

Making The Impact includes "Studio Spotlights." In each spotlight episode, Courtney and Lesley interview dance studio owners like Mary Giattino. Mary owns Stage Door School of Dance in Long Island, New York. In one episode, two former Radio City Rockettes and the cast of West Side Story join the show. They share their real-life dance experiences.

The podcast explores some sensitive topics relating to competitive dance. In an episode with several guests, the hosts discuss abuse in the dance industry. In another conversation, they share experiences with stolen choreography and plagiarism in dance. The hosts also explore the topic of jealousy in the dance studio. These are some of the things dancers might encounter as they become more competitive in their careers.

Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast may appeal to dance enthusiasts. It might also interest people who want to learn more about the world of competitive dance. New episodes are available weekly on Thursdays during the competition season.

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Episodes

Mini Dancers Who Peak Too Early
4d ago
Mini Dancers Who Peak Too Early
Guests - Kate Biernat and Krysten DanielleHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 176 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we focus on the tiniest dancers who defy all expectations, only to burn out at a young age. IDA judge Kate Biernat and dance educator Krysten Danielle give their unique perspectives and advice for the youngest of dancers. Topics Include: Typical weekly schedule for high-achieving minis  What happens when minis have to dance with an older age group due to their abilities How to avoid the burnout that comes with over-training at a young ageHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceKate Biernat - @kateemily5Krysten Danielle - @mskrystendanceJoin us for a LIVE Podcast Recording at the Capezio Flagship Store in New York City - Saturday, March 30th, 2024! Swag bags, exclusive merchandise, discounts, freebies, donation jazz class with Courtney and so much more! Mark your calendars!  Learn more and RSVP now on our website! This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Relative Motion - Injury Prevention apparel, teacher trainings, and in-studio workshops to transform your technique while preventing injuries. Receive 10 % off any apparel/program purchase or $500 off workshop pricing with the code: IMPACT10Click here to register for their Total Technique Teacher Training Academy! Check out IDA-Affiliated Competition Gems Dance Competition!View their 2024 tour dates and register now at www.dancegems.comJoin our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Perfecting the Pirouette - Tips from the Pros
Feb 22 2024
Perfecting the Pirouette - Tips from the Pros
Guests - Drew Burgess and Lisa Curatolo TurpinHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 175 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, pirouettes are the name of the game! We hear from Lisa Curatolo Turpin, director of Expressenz Dance Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Drew Burgess, IDA judge and dance educator, about their thoughts on what makes the perfect recipe for successful pirouettes!Topics Include: How to set yourself (and your students) up for success when teaching pirouettes Opinions on the best prep position for certain turns The importance of knowing your audience when choreographing turnsHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceLisa Curatolo Turpin - @lisacuratoloturpinExpressenz Dance Center - @expressenzDrew Burgess - @drewdancesCheck out our guest’s current projects! Join Expressenz for a summer technique intensive focusing on turns! July 19-21 in Indianapolis -  Register here! This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Just Dance Invitational 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 Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Homeschooling and Dance - What's Right For Your Dancer
Feb 15 2024
Homeschooling and Dance - What's Right For Your Dancer
Guests - Rachel Edelbrock and Dana ThompsonHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 174 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are joined by homeschooling dance mom @dancemomdana Dana Thompson and studio director Rachel Edelbrock to give some enlightening insight into the world of homeschooled dancers. Topics Include: The types of homeschooling options that exist for dancers Tips for studio owners who are interested in offering programming for homeschooled dancers Do homeschooled dancers succeed in dance at a higher rate than their public or private schooled peers?Ways to determine if homeschooling is right for your dancerHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceRachel Edelbrock - @rachelmichelledanceDana Thompson - @dancemomdanaThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works- Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! 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 Dive Dance Competition!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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Behind the Curtain - What You Need to Know Backstage at Competition
Feb 8 2024
Behind the Curtain - What You Need to Know Backstage at Competition
Guests - Jordan Keyon Moncrief and Ashley PeterHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 173  of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are focusing on the show that goes on backstage at a dance competition! Former backstage manager and event director Jordan Keyon Smith and former competition director and IDA judge Ashley Peter join us to give us all the details about what you should know before you head backstage at competition this season!Topics Include: How early you should arrive backstage before your routine Backstage etiquette and behavior expectations Things you should absolutely tell your backstage manager before you hit the 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceJordan Keyon Moncrief - @jordankeyonAshley Peter - @ashleypeternycThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Axis Dance Competition! Visit their website to view their 2024 Tour 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
When the Parent Wants It More Than The Dancer
Feb 1 2024
When the Parent Wants It More Than The Dancer
Guests - Kimberly Soel and Kevin GrantHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 172 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, dance educators and IDA judges Kimberly Soel and Kevin Grant join us for a discussion about dance parents - specifically, the ones who seem to live vicariously through their dancer. Topics Include: Discussions of the possible causes of overzealous parents Repercussions in the classroom for students who are being pushed to be in class by parentsAdvice for dance parents who want to understand how to stay supportive of their dancer but not become overbearingHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceKimberly Soel - @kimba2484Kevin Grant - @Kgrant623 & @GranttrainingprogramThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! 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 2024 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
A Crash Course on Award Ceremonies 🏆
Jan 25 2024
A Crash Course on Award Ceremonies 🏆
Guests - James Murphy and Maria PomerleauHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 171 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we go deep into one of the most confusing parts of the competitive dance world - awards ceremonies! IDA judge and dance educator Maria Pomerleau and Star Talent Productions host and emcee James Murphy join us for this informative discussion!Topics Include: Types of awards and what they mean How levels affect how many 1st places exist at any given competitionAwards ceremony etiquetteHelp 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 Seasons 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceJames Murphy - @xtremedanceurMaria Pomerleau - @mariapomerleauThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Dive Dance Competition!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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Studio Spotlight - Steps Dance Center
Jan 18 2024
Studio Spotlight - Steps Dance Center
Guests: Rebecca Rosenberg and Emily RosenbergHosted by Courtney Ortiz On this week's episode of Making the Impact, Courtney chats with Rebecca and Emily Rosenberg, co-owners of Steps Dance Center in Naperville, Illinois. You may recognize Steps Dance Center from their 5 Industry Dance Awards! Topics include:What makes their studio uniqueHow they both got into studio ownershipWhy creating customized genre programs works for their dancers! Why versatility matters in a studio settingHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out IDA-Affiliated Competition Diva Dance Competition! America's Live Judging Competition! Head to their website to view their upcoming tour dates!Follow your Hosts & Guests!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor  - @miss.lesley.danceSteps Dance Center - @stepsdancecenterJoin 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
A Day In the Life at a Dance Competition
Jan 11 2024
A Day In the Life at a Dance Competition
Guests - Jessica Olinik and Amy TullyHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 169 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we are joined by two IDA judges who also wear other hats in the dance world to chat about what goes on during a day of dance competition, from dance parent to dance studio owner to dance judge!Topics Include: Advice for dance parents approaching their first competition season The ins and outs of the duties of a dance teacher or studio owner during the competition weekend The process of preparing for a long event as a dance competition judgeHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceJessica Olinik - @jwodanceAmy Tully - @amyttullyThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! 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 our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Just Dance Invitational 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Boys Dance Too!
Jan 4 2024
Boys Dance Too!
Guests - Colin Bradbury and Sean Aaron CarmonHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 168 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we're bringing in two accomplished male dancers to discuss their experiences as boys who danced growing up, and how those experiences shaped their lives and career paths. Topics Include: How first influences in the studio impacted each guest Advice for young male dancers in the current studio culture The dance belt talk (it had to happen!)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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceColin Bradbury - @cbcoastersSean Aaron Carmon - @hookedonseanCheck out our guest’s current projects! Don't miss Sean Aaron Carmon's upcoming World Premiere commission for Vitacca Ballet This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out IDA-affiliated Competition DIVE Dance Competition!Visit their website to view their 2024 tour 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Q&A with Courtney Live 2023 - Platinum Premium Exclusive
Dec 28 2023
Q&A with Courtney Live 2023 - Platinum Premium Exclusive
Guest: Tommy ScrivensHosted By - Courtney OrtizSpecial BONUS EPISODE! A Platinum Premium Exclusive! To end out the 2023 year strong we are bringing back our popular Q&A with Courtney LIVE episodes! Our Q&A episodes now record monthly for Platinum Premium subscribers only. Dive in to a chat about all things competitive dance with Making the Impact host Courtney Ortiz and special guest IDA Judge Tommy Scrivens! This episode was recorded in November 2023.Topics include:How does a dancer learn how to perform?What should a dancer focus on in a fosse style musical theater solo?Is singing a requirement to have a professional dance career?Is costuming pushing the envelope or staying age appropriate?Want more Q&A episodes?  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 Seasons 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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 Host & Guest!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizTommy Scrivens - @tommytoes7Join 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Ridiculous Expectations of Competitive Dance
Dec 21 2023
Ridiculous Expectations of Competitive Dance
Guests - IDA Judges and Podcast Fans!Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 166 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we hear from YOU, our listeners, as well as special guest IDA judges about the ridiculous expectations of the competitive dance world! Topics Include: The tiny costumes Full makeup on 5 years olds The time and money invested in dance competitionsHelp 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 Seasons 4 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Apolla Performance The benefit of a shoe + the comfort of a sock. Try Apolla Shocks and use code IMPACT10 for 10% off at checkout!Relative Motion - Injury Prevention apparel, teacher trainings, and in-studio workshops to transform your technique while preventing injuries. Receive 10 % off any apparel/program purchase or $500 off workshop pricing with the code: IMPACT10Click here to register for their Total Technique Teacher Training Academy! Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition: Axis Dance Competition! Visit their website to view their 2024 Tour DJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Francisco Gella Dance Works In-person intensives & seminars for pre-professional dancers. Use code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 offApolla Performance Revolutionary compression dance socks for all styles! Use code: IMPACT10 for 10% off! Relative Motion Injury Prevention apparel, teacher trainings and in-studio workshops!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
The Duo/Trio Category at Competition
Dec 14 2023
The Duo/Trio Category at Competition
Guests - Chase Haley Bowden and Julie SwartzHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 165 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, duo/trios take over! The dance competition world can feel solo-heavy sometimes, so we are focusing on the small but mighty duo/trio category with guests Chase Haley Bowden and Julie Swartz.Topics Include: Best practices for casting duo/trios at the studio What judges wish they would see more of in a duo/trio routine Benefits of duo/trio routines for dancers' growth 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceChase Haley Bowden - @chasehaleybowdenJulie Swartz - @julieswartz86This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Star Talent Productions!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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Continuing Education for Dance Teachers
Dec 7 2023
Continuing Education for Dance Teachers
Guests - Jamie Harris and Rebecca TylerHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 164 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, dance educator Jamie Harris and studio owner Rebecca Tyler join us for an informative discussion on the best continuing education opportunities for dance teachers!Topics Include: Favorite programs and courses Benefits of continuing education Suggestions for low cost or free continuing ed opportunitiesHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceJamie Harris - @msjamiedanceRebecca Tyler - @limitlesspac, @beckysadventuresThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Relative Motion - Injury Prevention apparel, teacher trainings, and in-studio workshops to transform your technique while preventing injuries. Receive 10 % off any apparel/program purchase or $500 off workshop pricing with the code: IMPACT10Click here to register for their Total Technique Teacher Training Academy! Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Just Dance Invitational 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 Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Dance Conventions vs Dance Competitions
Nov 30 2023
Dance Conventions vs Dance Competitions
Guests - Amanda Carter and Sarah MattesonHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 163 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, studio owner Amanda Carter and dance educator, adjudicator, and dance mom Sarah Matteson join us to discuss the pros, cons, and everything in between when it comes to dance competitions and dance conventions!Topics Include:Descriptions of what makes competitions and conventions different from each otherReasons why some studios choose conventions over competitions and vice versaThe benefits of taking dancers to both kinds of eventsHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceAmanda Carter - @Amandarcarter Sarah Matteson - @Sarah_m9642Check out our guest’s current projects! In the NC area in January 2024? Join No Limits Dance Company's winter intensive, open to all dancers! Registration opens December 1!www.nolimitsdancecompany.com This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Gems Dance Competition!View their 2024 tour dates and register now at www.dancegems.comJoin 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Pay Rates for a Professional Dance Career
Nov 23 2023
Pay Rates for a Professional Dance Career
Guests - Ashley Marinelli and Kalie-Ann NassouraHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorHappy Thanksgiving! In Episode 162 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we tackle a topic that has been requested for years - pay rates in the professional dance world! From gigs to long contracts, commercial work to Broadway, professional dancers Ashley Marinelli and Kalie-Ann Nassoura give you the details on how much you can make as a dancer!Topics Include: A brief overview of union vs non-union as it applies to pay scale Typical pay rates for common jobs in the dance industry Advice about how to choose what jobs to take and not to take when the pay may not be idealHelp 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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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.danceAshley Marinelli - @alm433Kalie-Ann Nassoura - @_KalieAnn_This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's CritiquesSend us a video of your dance, and an IDA Judge will critique your routine within 72 hours. You can request a genre-specific specialty judge or add on our additional feedback to take your performance to the next level. Click here to submit your video now! Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Star Talent Productions!View their 2024 season tour dates and register now at www.startalentproductions.com 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 Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
Studio Spotlight - Dance Force Australia
Nov 16 2023
Studio Spotlight - Dance Force Australia
Guest: Nicole WellsHosted by Courtney Ortiz & Lesley MealorOur first international studio spotlight features Dance Force Australia, owned and directed by Nicole Wells! Dance Force's programming includes several unique offerings for students who want to train at a pre-professional level, as well as a full recreational program for those who just want to have fun!Follow Dance Force Australia on social media @danceforce  and be sure to check out their upcoming projects!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 & 5. No sponsored ads!20% off all IDA MerchandiseExclusive bonus content released throughout the yearDiscounted IDA Online CritiqueGroup Zoom check-ins 3x per season with Courtney Ortiz!Your 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:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar! Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's CritiquesSend us a video of your dance, and an IDA Judge will critique your routine within 5 business days. You can request a genre-specific specialty judge or add on our additional feedback to take your performance to the next level. Click here to submit your video now! Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Diva Dance Competition! America's Live Judging Competition! Head to their website to view their upcoming tour dates at www.divacomps.com Follow your Hosts & Guests!Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortizLesley Mealor  - @miss.lesley.danceDance Force Australia - @danceforce 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.comJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Support the show
A Conversation About Abuse in the Dance Industry
Nov 9 2023
A Conversation About Abuse in the Dance Industry
Guests - Nicole Perry and Keanu UchidaHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 160 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, intimacy director and dance educator Nicole Perry and NEAMA co-founder and advocate for awareness of sexual abuse in the dance industry, Keanu Uchida, sit down for a candid conversation about improper behavior, unfair power dynamics, and abuse in the dance industry. *While we do not discuss any graphic details pertaining to sexual abuse in this episode, please take care when listening and preview this episode before listening with children*Topics Include: An explanation of power dynamics and boundaries as they pertain to the artistic dance community Red flags to look out for when researching or attending dance events How authority figures in the dance industry can work to make a safer space for young dancersHelp 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.danceNicole Perry - @Dancendrama Keanu Uchida - @keanu.uchidaCheck out our guest’s current projects! NEAMA (Nonprofit Education and Advocacy for the Movement Arts)™️  Intimacy Direction in DanceCheck out Nicole's upcoming events on her website!This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Register now for an upcoming intensive, workshop or seminar!  Apolla Performance The benefit of a shoe + the comfort of a sock. Try Apolla Shocks and use code IMPACT10 for 10%Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Apolla Performance Revolutionary compression dance socks for all styles! Use code: IMPACT10 for 10% off! Francisco Gella Dance Works In-person intensives & seminars for pre-professional dancers. Use code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Swings and Understudies - The Unsung Heroes of the Dance World
Nov 2 2023
Swings and Understudies - The Unsung Heroes of the Dance World
Guests - Brittany Nicholas and Miranda QuinnHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 159 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, two incredible former competitive dancers turned professional dancers join us to talk about their experiences as swings and understudies, and how their time in the competition world helped prepare them for these unique roles on stages from Broadway to concert dance.Topics Include: A crash course on professional stage terminology The ins and outs of what it takes to be a swing and an understudy in both the concert dance world and Broadway Advice for young dancers interested in pursuing a career that includes swing and understudy workHelp 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.danceBrittany Nicholas - @brittnnicholas Miranda Quinn - @mirandaming4Check out our guest’s current projects! See Brittany in "& Juliet" on Broadway! See Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at New York City Center from November 29th-December 31st!This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists. Register for an upcoming intensive!DecaDance Competition - IDA Affiliated CompetitionView their 2024 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 your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Francisco Gella Dance Works In-person intensives & seminars for pre-professional dancers. Use code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
All About Across the Floor and Progressions
Oct 26 2023
All About Across the Floor and Progressions
Guests - Kelsey Nelson and Terrill MitchellHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 158 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, the King and Queen of across the floor join us for a conversation on this fun and necessary topic! Kelsey Nelson and Terrill Mitchell are known for their challenging and beneficial across the floor progressions, and they are sharing some hot tips for teachers!Topics Include: The overall concepts that across the floor work teaches New ways to approach teaching across the floor Across the floor etiquette for dancersHelp 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 & 5. 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.danceKelsey Nelson - @kjndanceTerrill Mitchell - @tmitchell227Check out our guest’s current projects! Attend Terrill Mitchell's first professional dance concert called Spaces on December 30, 2023. This concert is designed to connect pre-professional dancers with professional dance makers. Find out more here - www.htxconnect713.comLearn more about Kelsey Nelson's teacher trainings and in-studio workshops on her website: www.kelseynelson.comThis episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Use code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 off your next in-studio intensive!Join our FREE Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Francisco Gella Dance Works In-person intensives & seminars for pre-professional dancers. Use code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 offDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Mastering Movement Quality in Dance
Oct 19 2023
Mastering Movement Quality in Dance
Guests - Chip Abbott and Summer Renner DisherHosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley MealorIn Episode 157 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, our spectacular guests, studio owner Summer Renner Disher and dance educator and choreographer Chip Abbott school us on the importance of movement quality for competitive dancers, and give tips on teaching techniques for all ages!Topics Include: How to talk about movement quality in class Unique approaches to teaching movement quality Why the quality of your movement quality can make or break your score at competitionHelp 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.danceChip Abbott - @chipstergramSummer Renner Disher - @rennerdance, @summerrennerdisherCheck out our guest’s current projects! Take Chip Abbott's weekly classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center! This episode is sponsored by:Francisco Gella Dance Works - Season 5 Premier Sponsor!Educational and developmental programs, intensives, and seminars designed to empower students, parents, educators, and artists.Use Code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 off your next intensiveRelative Motion - Injury Prevention apparel, teacher trainings and in-studio workshops to transform your technique while preventing injuries. Receive 10 % off any apparel/program purchase or $500 off workshop pricing with the code: IMPACT10Check out IDA Affiliated Competition Star Talent ProductionsJoin your hosts Courtney Ortiz & Lesley Mealor at the Capezio Flagship Store in the heart of New York City for a LIVE podcast recording of Making the Impact!  PLUS - a bonus master class with Courtney, lunch at Capezio, swag bag freebies, dance wear discounts & more! Saturday, March 30th, 2024 - RSVP and register for class now! Francisco Gella Dance Works In-person intensives & seminars for pre-professional dancers. Use code: MAKINGTHEIMPACT for $75 offStar Talent Productions IDA Affiliated Competition! Star Talent Productions! Register now for their 2023 Season!Relative Motion Injury Prevention apparel, teacher trainings and in-studio workshops!Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show