Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast

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Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a dance competition judge? What does it take to impress the people behind the table? Join your hosts Courtney Ortiz, owner of Impact Dance Adjudicators, and Lesley Mealor, veteran performer, dance teacher, and judge, on Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, as they dive into all things dance competition! Each week, listen as Courtney and Lesley discuss various hot topics with members of the IDA judges’ roster, from technique, to costumes, to the dreaded question - “Tights…or no tights?” Stay tuned for special Spotlight Interview episodes and Live Q&A's with your hosts!

Episode Date
Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - April Edition
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In the April Edition of Q&A With Courtney Live, Courtney is joined by special guest IDA Judges Michael and Dione to answer viewers questions live on the air! Topics include: 

  •  How dancers can improve their artistry
  •  Why contemporary dances always seem to win
  •  The title division at competition
  • How to power through block scheduling


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!

This episode is sponsored by:

Thrive Dance Experience - an education-first dance convention and mentorship program for dancers and dance educators.
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Dance Costumes by Urzua - Custom dance costumes and dancewear for every body!
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Follow Your Host and Guests!

  • Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
  • Michael - @Michael.dance.mccarthy
  • Dione - @dione.hamza
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators



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For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com



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Apr 22, 2021
Versatility in the Dance World
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Guests - Britney Hall and Eliza Ohman
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 59 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, hosts Courtney and Lesley explore all of the ways being a versatile dancer can lead to a success in the dance world! Joined by guests Britney Hall and Eliza Ohman, this episode covers it all!


Topics Include:

  •  What it takes to become a versatile dancer in a studio setting
  •  How being versatile has helped in our guests' careers
  •  Other kinds of versatility besides dancing that can help dancers thrive


The blog that inspired this episode was released in February of 2019, and is titled "5 Reasons Versatility Will Make You a Better Dancer”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Britney - @britneyhall
  • Eliza - @elizaohman


Check out our guest’s current projects! 

Take class with Eliza! Weekly virtual class at Steps on Broadway, Tuesdays from 1-2:15PM ET! Sign up for class here!

Take dance or fitness classes with Britney! Check out BritneyHall.Online!


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!


This episode is sponsored by:
Dance Costumes By Urzúa - Custom Costumes!
Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!

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Use code: Werkdance20 at checkout to save 20% today


Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!  

Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 

 

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

Apr 15, 2021
Teamwork In the Studio and Beyond!
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Guests - Christina Fuschetto, Jill Tremonti
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 58 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, your hosts dive deep into the topic of teamwork in the studio, at competition, in the professional world and in life in general with IDA judges and teachers Christina Fuschetto and Jill Tremonti.

Topics Include:

  •  What teamwork looks like in studio
  •  Repercussions of a lack of teamwork within a team of dancers
  •  How teamwork applies to all facets of life


The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2018, and is titled “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!”  Read now! 


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Christina - @dancing_warrior
  • Jill - @jillianmariete


This episode is sponsored by:
Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678


Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

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



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Apr 08, 2021
How to Take Your Solo to the Next Level
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Guests - Cheryll Custer Klein, Alicia Sehn
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 57 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley speak with multi-talented judges and choreographers Cheryll Custer Klein and Alicia Sehn about the best ways for dancers to take their solo to the next level - literally and figuratively! 

Topics Include:

  •  Non-negotiables of having a solo
  •  Ways to instill a good work ethic in soloists in class as well as rehearsal
  •  What successful soloists are doing in class that give them an edge on stage


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Cheryll - @ccusterklein16
  • Alicia - @aliciasehndance


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!

This episode is sponsored by:

Dance Costumes By Urzúa - Custom Costumes!
Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!

Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance Gear and Dance Bags!
Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678


Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox!


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


Apr 01, 2021
Hip-Hop: The Foundation and Fundamentals
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Guests - Voltaire Wade-Greene & John Comix Barella
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 56 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are excited to finally cover one of the hottest topics in the competitive dance world - hip hop! Your hosts are joined by two leading hip hop dancers and educators in the industry, Voltaire Wade-Greene and John Comix Barella, to go deep into the rich history of hip hop culture, and discuss how the genre translates into the studio and competitive dance world.


Topics Include:

  •  A brief history of hip hop's origins
  •  What fundamentals of hip hop are "musts" in the studio world
  •  The differences between true hip hop and movement that is hip hop influenced, and why it matters


The blog that inspired this episode was released in April 2019, and titled “Bringing Hip Hop To the Competitive Stage”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Voltaire - @TisVoltaire
  • John - @John_Comix


Check out our guests' current projects!

  • The "Essentials" store at JohnComix.com is full of training material designed for dance teachers. E-books on hip hop class structure, technique, games, etc.. Videos breaking down key movements..and services such as custom choreography or curriculum creation. 
  • The Redef Movement is currently auditioning new dancers to join our company. 
  • Dance Recast is a new nonprofit aimed at providing programs to present and future generations of the BIPOC community.


Check out some of the resources we spoke about in the episode!
- The Freshest Kids: The History of The B-Boy
- Hip Hop Evolution


This episode is sponsored by:

Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678


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 atwww.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Mar 25, 2021
The Benefits of Having a Dance Mentor
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Guests - Jordan Beyeler, James Washington Manning
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 55 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, hosts Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor discuss the value of mentorship for dancers, from both the side of the mentor and the mentee. The hosts are joined by IDA judges Jordan Beyeler and James Washington Manning.


Topics Include:

  •  How to know you're ready for a mentor
  •  Tips to becoming a mentor
  •  What mentorship looks like specifically in the dance world


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Jordan - @jbeyeler 
  • James -  @Jawashi1


Check out some of the resources we spoke about in the episode!
James Washington's Next Level Dance Mentorship Program
Off the Lane Mentorship Program

This episode is sponsored by:

Dance Costumes By Urzúa - custom costumes!
Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!

Thrive Dance Experience - The Academy
The Academy is a new virtual mentorship and career development program for ages 15 to 18. Register now!


Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 


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

Mar 18, 2021
Spotlight Feature - Alex Wong
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Our next Spotlight Feature guest is Alex Wong, an incredibly prolific and versatile dancer with some unbelievable credits! You may know him from his many television appearances on "Smash", "Glee", and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", or from his time on "So You Think You Can Dance". Or, perhaps you caught him on Broadway in "Newsies", or as a principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. Making the Impact sits down with Alex to hear about his performance career, and what he's been up to recently!


Be sure to follow Alex on social media!
Instagram: @alexdwong
TikTok: @alexdwong

and be sure to check out… his Phone, Keys, Gum commercial

Who would you like to see featured on our upcoming Spotlight Interviews? Share your recommendations by shooting us an email at podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com.


This episode is sponsored by:
Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
 Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678


Follow Us!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators


Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you! 

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For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our websitewww.impactdanceadjudicators.com




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Mar 11, 2021
Tricks vs. Technique
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Guests - Karla Curatolo, Troy Haywood
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 53 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judge Troy Haywood, as well as Karla Curatolo, the owner of one of the top competitive dance studios in the country, Expressenz Dance Center, to get down to the bottom of the debate - tricks or technique?


Topics Include:

  •  What do we mean when we say "technique"?
  •  How essential is it to have solid technique when learning tricks?
  •  Are tricks necessary for a winning competition routine?


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Karla - @expressenz  
  • Troy - @troyeography 


This episode is sponsored by:

Dance Costumes By Urzúa - custom costumes!
Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!

Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678
 


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 atwww.impactdanceadjudicators.com


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Mar 04, 2021
The Importance of Musicality
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Guests - Tommy Scrivens and Christina Yoder
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 52 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, musicality is the name of the game. Today, co-hosts Courtney and Lesley hear from IDA judges and dance educators Tommy Scrivens and Christina Yoder about the importance of musicality in all styles of dance, and give some great advice to dancers and teachers alike about how to develop musicality skills.

Topics Include:

  •  How musicality can be incorporated into all styles of dance
  •  The necessity of basic music theory training for dancers
  •  Why a lack of musicality may lead to lower scores at competition


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Tommy - @tommytoes7
  • Christina - @christinataps2


Check out our guest’s current projects!
Dynamics in Motion Dance - Develop your curriculum and class syllabus for all age/level ranges in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. 

This episode is sponsored by:
Dance Costumes By Urzúa - custom costumes!
Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!
 
Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678


Join our new Facebook Group! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox! 


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


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Feb 25, 2021
Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - February Edition
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In the February Edition of Q&A With Courtney LIVE, Courtney and special guest IDA Judge Sam Quinn answer your questions on topics including:

  •  Special needs categories at competition
  •  Costume scoring
  •  Zoom audition vs video submissions for summer programs and intensives
  • Contact improv & so much more!


*This episode was previously recorded on Facebook Live - 2/1/2021*

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!


This episode is sponsored by:
Apolla Performance Wear - Compression Dance Socks!

Follow Us!

  • Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators
  • Sam Quinn - @samquinn


Join our NEW Facebook Group! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community. 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

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For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website:www.impactdanceadjudicators.com


 



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Feb 18, 2021
An Inside Look into Judging and Scoring at Competitions
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Guests -  Colin Shea Denniston, Jesse Miller
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 50 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by veteran IDA judges Colin Shea Denniston and Jesse Miller for a deep dive into one of the most burning questions in the dance competition world - what really goes into the judging process for adjudicators?


Topics Include:

  •  Whether personal preferences come into play when judging
  •  How judges stay consistent throughout a long weekend
  •  Levels, and how they affect scoring and judging approaches


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Colin Shea - @colindenniston
  • Jesse - @Jessekmiller


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!

This episode is sponsored by:

Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678

Jake Nothing - Team Gear and Apparel!


Join our NEW Facebook Group and connect with us! Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast Community 

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

Join our Newsletter for weekly episode releases straight to your inbox!

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


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Feb 11, 2021
Perfecting your Presentation for the Competitive Stage
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Guests - Ashley Canterna Hardy and Joey Ortolani
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 49 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judge Joey Ortolani and dance teacher Ashley Canterna Hardy for a discussion on the importance of presentation for the competitive stage.


Topics Include:

  •  How proper presentation begins at the studio, from the top down
  •  Barriers to proper presentation and how to overcome them
  •  Strategies for costuming and presentation for a variety of body types


The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2017, written by Joey Ortolani,  titled “Perfecting Your Presentation”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Joey - @joeyorto
  • Ashley - @AshleyCH415


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!


This episode is sponsored by:

Dance Costumes By Urzúa - custom costumes!
Receive 15% off by using the code IDA15 at checkout!

Level Up Dance Supplies - Dance gear and Dance bags!
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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

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




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Feb 04, 2021
Three Careers in Dance That Don't Require a Stage
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Guests -  Lauren Manning, Susie Riefenhauser, Ryan Parma
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 48 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we discuss a variety of non-performance career options for dancers with three industry professionals - Lauren Manning of Dance Media, publishers of Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine; Susie Riefenhauser of OtherSpace Innovation, a dance marketing, and consulting firm; and Ryan Parma, a freelance director, and dance videographer. 


Topics Include:

  •  Each individual's path from dancer to dance industry professional
  •  Advice for dancers looking at future options other than performing
  •  How dance training helped in their current work 


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Lauren - @stagesmithdance
  • Susie - @susie.riefenhauser
  • Ryan - @ryanparma


Check out our guests' current projects! 

Stagesmith Dance Training
OtherSpace Innovation
www.ryanparma.com


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!

This episode is sponsored by:

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Dance Device Lab -  High quality, dancer focused in-studio events nationwide!


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



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Jan 28, 2021
Spotlight Feature - Sophia Lucia
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Making the Impact welcomes Sophia Lucia as our next Spotlight Feature guest! You may know her as The Guinness Book of World Records title holder for the most consecutive pirouettes (55) , or maybe you've been following her dance journey since she was featured on Lifetime's Dance Moms! Courtney and Lesley sit down and chat with Sophia about her incredible performance career as a child, her experiences in ballet school as a teen, and her dreams and goals for the future.

Stay connected and follow Sophia: @_sophialucia !
Subscribe to her YouTube Channel!

Who would you like to see featured on our upcoming Spotlight Interviews? Share your recommendations by shooting us an email at podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com.


This episode is sponsored by:

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Follow Us!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators


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Jan 21, 2021
All About Improv!
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Guests - Joshua Blake Carter and Becca Grden
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 46 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, the topic of conversation is improvisation - from improv in class to the professional world and everywhere in between! Joining us this week are guests Joshua Blake Carter from Giordano Dance Chicago and IDA Judge Becca Grden.

Topics Include:

  •  What improv is and isn't
  •  How to introduce improv at a young age in the studio 
  •  Professional applications of improv
  •  Tips to overcome your fear of improv


The blog that inspired this episode was released in January 2019, and titled “Finding Your Confidence Through Improv". Read now!

Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Joshua - @jbcchoreography
  • Becca - @Choreobybecca


Check out our guest’s current projects!
Joshua premiered his first short film for Giordano Dance Chicago in November 2020, adapting choreographer Autumn Eckman's 2012 work "JOLT" for the screen. Stream anytime for free!

This episode is sponsored by:
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Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

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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!

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




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Jan 14, 2021
A Look Back at Competitive Dance Through the Years
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Guests -  Amber Nadelkov and Clarice Ordaz
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 45 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, we go back in time to remember the "good old days" of competition as Courtney and Lesley sit down with IDA judge Amber Nadelkov and comp kid turned professional dancer and teacher Clarice Ordaz. 


Topics Include:

  •  The days before levels, age groups, and platinums
  •  How competition prepared our guests for their professional lives
  •  The quintessential convo about how small the dance world is


The blog that inspired this episode was released in April 2017, and is titled “Three Things Dance Competitions Gave Me That Weren't Trophies”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Amber - @Dancinambs678
  • Clarice - @d8clarice


This episode is sponsored by:

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Receive $10 off your next order with code: bravo5678

Jake Nothing - Team Gear and Apparel!
Check out their website for unique, customized team gear!

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

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We would love to hear from you!

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




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Jan 07, 2021
A Chat with Your Competition Directors - The 2021 Season
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On this special episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA affiliated competitions Diva Dance Competition, Star Talent Productions, Gems Dance Competition, and HD Dance Competition to discuss expectations for the 2021 competition season.

 Topics include:

  •  Need-to-know info for studio owners to pass to students and parents
  •  Safety and sanitary measures being taken at each event
  •  Judging expectations
  •  Block scheduling and awards protocol


Follow Us!

  • Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor - @lil_lez36
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators


Follow Our Guests and IDA Affiliated Competitions!

  • Diva Dance Competition - @divacomps
  • Star Talent Productions - @StarTalentDance
  • Gems Dance Competition  - @dance4gems
  • HIgh Demand Dance Competition - @hddancecomp


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Dec 31, 2020
Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - December Edition
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In the December Edition of Q&A With Courtney LIVE!, Courtney and special guest Emily Branigan answer your questions on topics including:

  •  "Creepy" themed dances for minis
  •  How to get into judging
  •  Hair diversity on the competition stage 
  • The open category


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Follow Us!

  • Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators
  • Emily Branigan - @embranigan


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Dec 24, 2020
Age Appropriateness at Competition
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Guests - Robb Gibbs and Leslie Scott Zanovitch
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 42  of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley hear from special guest Leslie Scott Zanovitch, founder of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD,) along with IDA judge and teacher Robb Gibbs on the subject of age appropriateness in the dance world. 


Topics Include:

  • How the idea of age appropriateness encompasses more than just music, movement, and song choice
  • The real reason inappropriate dances may win at competition
  • Ideas for how to implement changes at competition to ensure a safe and appropriate experience for everyone


To learn more about Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, please visit their website:  www.ypadnow.com


The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2018, and is titled “Keeping the Competition Stage Age Appropriate”.  Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Robb - @robb.gibbs
  • Leslie - @lesliescottsays


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Dec 17, 2020
The Role of Race in Dance
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Guests - Michelle Tolson and Max Vasapoli
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 41 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and teachers Michelle Tolson and Max Vasapoli for an important conversation on the role of race in the dance world.

Topics Include:

  •  Why representation matters
  •  Strategies for implementing inclusive practices in the studio
  •  Personal stories from our guests on what it was like growing up as dancers of color


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Michelle - @michelletolson
  • Max - @mx_vsp


Check out some of the products and organizations we spoke about in the episode! 

International Association of Blacks in Dance
Black Dancewear Companies

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Dec 10, 2020
Keeping Jazz Dance Alive - In Studio and On Stage
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Guests - Mary Roberts and Terrill Mitchell
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 40 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley talk with jazz dance experts Mary Roberts and Terrill Mitchell to uncover some truths about jazz in the 21st century! 


Topics Include:

  •  Steps and movement qualities that are MUSTS in your jazz training
  •  Why the history of the movement and the style are still important today
  •  The real reasons jazz dance seems to be disappearing  from competition


The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2017, and titled “Getting Jazzy With It!”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Mary - @msmaryroberts
  • Terrill - @tmitchell227


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Check out some of the resources we spoke about in the episode! 

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Dec 03, 2020
Spotlight Feature - Maud Arnold of Syncopated Ladies
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On this Spotlight Feature, Courtney and Lesley are joined by Maud Arnold of Syncopated Ladies to chat about her dance journey, the inspiring work she does through The Chloe and Maud Foundation, how having a degree in Film from Columbia University influences her life and work, and so much more!

Follow Maud  Arnold @maudiepooh

Check out some of her latest projects:
www.maudarnold.com
www.chloeandmaud.com
The Chloe and Maud Foundation
The DC Tap Festival
The Syncopated Ladies

Who would you like to see featured on our upcoming Spotlight Interviews? Share your recommendations by shooting us an email at podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com.

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  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
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Nov 26, 2020
Guest Choreography
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Guests - Brandon Cournay and Ryann Taylor
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 38 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley hear from IDA judge Brandon Cournay and studio owner Ryann Taylor about their thoughts on guest choreography for competitive dancers. 


Topics Include:

  •  Benefits and downfalls of using guest choreographers
  •  How to tell when your dancers are ready (or not) for guest choreography
  •  Whether or not studios get "bonus points" for using guest choreographers


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Brandon - @dancedevicelab
  • Ryann -  @inspired2danz, @powerdancecompany


Check out our guest’s current projects! 

Dance Device Lab Virtual Wellness Program
Dance Device Lab Chats
Power Dance Company

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Nov 19, 2020
The 2021 Competition Season - Best Practices For Block Scheduling
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Guests - Hillary Zbyszinski and Marissa Anderson
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 37 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, IDA judges and teachers Hillary and Marissa dive deep with co-hosts Courtney and Lesley on the topic of block scheduling  and what to expect during the upcoming 2021 competition season.


Topics Include:

  •  Pros and cons of the block scheduling set up
  •  How judging may be approached differently 
  •  Predictions for what the 2021 season may look like


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Hillary - @hzbyszinski
  • Marissa - @marissastaniecdance


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!


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Nov 12, 2020
How To Create a Stand-Out Video Submission for Virtual Competitions
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Guests - Alexandra Frohlinger and Traci Swartz
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 36 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and industry professionals Alex Frohlinger and Traci Swartz to give advice for the best ways to create a stunning self-tape or virtual submission for competition or auditions!

Topics Include:

  •  Best angles, backgrounds, and spaces for self-taping
  •  Suggestions for filming on a budget
  •  Tips and tricks to create a memorable video for competition submissions


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Alex - @alexfrohlinger
  • Traci - @traci_swartz


Check out some of the products and people we spoke about in the episode!
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Nov 05, 2020
A Place For Every Dancer - Gender in the Dance Studio
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Guests - Jeanette Abell and Paul Thiemann
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 35 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, co-hosts Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and teachers Jeanette Abell and Paul Thiemann to dive deep into the important topic of gender in the dance studio, as well as at competition and in the professional world. 

Topics Include:

  •  When to begin a gender-neutral approach with dance students
  •  Best practices for inclusivity in movement and choreography
  •  The challenges and rewards of abandoning tradition for a more welcoming art form


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Jeanette - @jeanettable
  • Paul - @paulsharesalot

Check out our guest’s current projects!
Paul's Crystal Art - @gpg_creations


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Oct 29, 2020
Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - October Edition
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In the October Edition of Q&A With Courtney LIVE, Courtney and special guest IDA Judge Christina Belinksy answer your questions on topics including:

  • Advice for tappers at competition
  • Tips for young dancers wanting to pursue professional careers
  • Time limits for solos
  • Scoring discrepancies between judges


*Episode was recorded on Facebook Live on October 1st, 2020*

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!

Check out some of the organizations and people we spoke about in the episode! 

Michelle Dorrance - www.dorrancedance.com
Playbill - www.playbill.com/jobs
Answers4Dancers - www.answers4dancers.com

This episode is sponsored by:
Artists in Motion Apparel
Upcycled, hand-screen printed studio to streetwear created by IDA Judge Christina Belinsky. Follow @artistsinmotionapparel

National YoungArts Foundation

Applications are open for the 2021 National Arts Competition, available for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12. Learn more at www.YoungArts.org and follow @youngarts

Follow Us!

  • Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators - @impactdanceadjudicators
  • Christina Belinksy - @christinabelinsky


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Identifying the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Oct 22, 2020
Are You Correctly Categorizing Your Dances at Competition?
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Guests - Chloe Roberts and Josh Sallerson
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 33 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, co-hosts Courtney and Lesley explore the challenging world of categorizing dances for competition with IDA judges and teachers Chloe and Josh!

Topics Include:

  • Specific expectations for all genres of dance
  • Advice for teachers and choreographers struggling to properly place dances in categories
  • What to do about styles that don't fit perfectly into one category


The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2017 by guest writer Christina Belinksy, and is titled “Correctly Categorizing Your Dances”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Chloe - @Chloerobertsdance
  • Josh - @sallywerks


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This episode is sponsored by:

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Oct 15, 2020
How to Execute Unique Choreography Concepts at Competition
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Guests - Samantha Jay and Miranda Spada
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 32 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, hosts Courtney and Lesley chat about how to create unique choreography concepts with IDA judges and teachers Samantha Jay and Miranda Spada.

Topics Include:

  •  The creative process for developing choreography
  •  Pushing boundaries in choreography
  •  Judges' perspectives on overdone ideas
  •  Tips for coming up with unique ideas


Two blogs inspired this episode - "Getting Un-Stuck - Advice For Choreographers", released in November 2017 - Read Now! and "Choreography at Competition", released in February 2017 - Read Now!

Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Samantha - @SamanthaJay224
  • Miranda - @mirandarosespada


Check out our guests' current projects! 

  • Tonawanda Dance Arts' Mentorship program - Follow @lead_tonawandadancearts
  • Mind Body Sole Tap


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!

This episode is sponsored by:

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National YoungArts Foundation
Applications are open for the 2021 National Arts Competition, available for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12. Deadline to apply is October 16th, 2020.
Learn more at www.YoungArts.org

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Oct 08, 2020
Making the Most Out of Your Classes - In-studio and Online
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Guests - Ashley Marinelli and Kimberly Soel
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 31 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and teachers Ashley Marinelli and Kimberly Soel to dive deep into the art of taking class - in the studio, at home, and at conventions.

Topics Include:

  •  Expectations for students in-studio, on Zoom, and at conventions
  •  Helpful ideas for making the most of your virtual class experience
  •  Teacher tips for keeping students engaged in class
  •  Convention class etiquette


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley - @lil_lez36
  • Ashley - @alm433
  • Kimberly - @kimba2484


Check out our guests' current projects! 


Check out some of the products we spoke about in the episode!
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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!

This episode is sponsored by:

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Oct 01, 2020
Spotlight Feature - JT Church
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Guests - JT Church and Leslie Church
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 30 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, it's time for our first Spotlight Feature! Courtney and Lesley are joined by 14 year old professional dancer and student, JT Church and mom Leslie Church to hear all about JT's dance journey, from an eager 5 year old who just wanted to move, to winner of Dancing With the Stars Junior! 

Topics Include:

  • How JT started dancing at 5 years old
  • Advice for young competitive dancers wanting to pursue a career in dance
  • The story of JT's experiences on SYTYCD Season 13 and DWTS Junior
  • Dance mom advice from Leslie

Be sure to follow JT on Social Media
@jt_church.

Who would you like to see featured on our upcoming Spotlight Interviews? Share your recommendations by shooting us an email at podcast@impactdanceadjudicators.com.

This episode is sponsored by:
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  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • @impactdanceadjudicators


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Sep 24, 2020
Music at Competition
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Guests - Jen Garaffa and Jessica Olinik
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 29 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley chat with returning IDA judges and teachers Jen and Jessica about everyone's favorite subject - music at competition! 

Topics Include:

  • Appropriate music selection
  • Judge's music pet peeves
  • How music influences movement
  • Best practices when searching for and editing music


The blog that inspired this episode was released in October 2018, and it’s called ”Music at Competition - The Do's and Don'ts". Read now!

Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Jen @jengaraffa
  • Jessica @jwodance


Check out our guest’s current projects!
Orlando Tap Dance Collective

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Sep 17, 2020
Navigating the New Normal - The Upcoming Dance Season
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Guests - Becky Chiasson and Erika Hogan
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz

In Episode 28 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney sits down with studio owners Becky Chiasson (Spotlight Dance Academy, Westford, MA), and Erika Hogan (New Attitude Performing Arts Center in NC and SC) to discuss the ways COVID-19 has changed the dance studio industry, and how they are navigating a new normal for their businesses.

Topics Include:

  • Safety protocols and the differences in the regions
  • Virtual dance class and virtual performance
  • Thoughts on the 2021 competition season

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!

Follow your Host & Guests!
- Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
- Spotlight Dance Academy - @sda_westford
- Erika Hogan - @ejazz6

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Sep 10, 2020
Welcome to Season 2!
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Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

Welcome to Season 2 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast! In this episode, hosts Courtney and Lesley catch up on what's been happening since the end of season 1, and look at what's coming up in season 2!

Topics Include:

  • The success of season 1 of Making the Impact
  • Recap of IDA's Virtual Competitions
  • Podcast cover art contest
  • New release dates for season 2
  • Spotlight Episodes and LIVE Q&A's for season 2


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Follow your Hosts!
Courtney - @courtney.ortiz
Lesley - @lil_lez36

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

Sep 10, 2020
Season One - Wrap Up!
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Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


After 35 episodes, 48 guests, and hundreds of your questions - Season 1 of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast is coming to a close! Enjoy a look back at some of our favorite moments in the first season, and hear from our IDA judges one last time with some words of wisdom as we head into the summer.

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!



Follow your Hosts

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36



Register now for IDA's Virtual Solo Competition. Next event coming in June!
www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition


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

 

Thanks for an amazing first season! We already can't wait for Season 2! Until then, keep #MakingTheImpact!

Jun 01, 2020
LIVE Q&A with Courtney and Lesley - May Edition
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In the May edition of Q&A With Courtney, Lesley joins the conversation as the hosts record a live-streamed event to answer your questions in real time! Topics include:

  • Abusing the levels system
  • Parents changing choreography
  • Appropriateness at competition


*Please note - due to this episode being recorded from a live-stream event, audio quality may be affected*


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


Interested in entering IDA's Virtual Dance Competition? Registration is now open through May 30th! Head to our website to enter now and learn more!
www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition

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  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
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For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

May 24, 2020
Translating Competitive Training into a Commercial or Concert Dance Career
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Guests - Christina Bodie & Alexis Evans

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 27 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Christina and Alexis to discuss life post competition dance and which professional dance career route you might consider.

Topics Include:

  • What is Commercial Dance?
  • What is Concert Dance?
  • The similarity and differences of each dance world
  • What it's like working as a professional dancer

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Christina @xtinabodie
  • Alexis @_alexisevans

 

Register now for IDA's Virtual Solo Competition!
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Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators on social media @impactdanceadjudicators and for a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

May 18, 2020
Senior Feature - A Look into the Lives of 3 Graduating Senior Dancers
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Guests - Catherine Gregorius, Emma Mangeolle, Francesca Savone

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 26 of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley speak with the winners of IDA's Senior Spotlight contest. Catherine, Emma, and Francesca stood out for their unique and inspiring stories, and join the hosts for a conversation on how their final dance competition season has been affected by COVID-19.


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

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  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Commercial Dance Intensive @commercialdanceintensive
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Our Sponsor: Commercial Dance Intensive

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

May 11, 2020
Cross Training during Quarantine
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Guests - Kelsey Nelson Lack, Katie McGinnis

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 25 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Kelsey Nelson Lack and Katie McGinnis to talk about how dancers can incorporate cross training into their dance training to maximize their potential!


Topics Include:

  • Why cross training is beneficial for dancers
  • Different types of cross training
  • Safety tips for cross training at home


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Kelsey @kjndance
  • Katie @katie_mcginnis



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

May 04, 2020
Q&A with Courtney - April Edition
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In the April Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney is joined by some special guests, Sam and Chellie to help answer your questions on topics including:

  • Advancing up to the next level
  • How judges score age appropriateness
  • Training while at home
  • How judges score routines with the same song

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Interested in entering IDA's Virtual Dance Competition? Registration is now open. Head to our website to enter now and learn more! www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition

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  • Sam @samquinn
  • Chellie @chelliefig
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators @impactdanceadjudicators


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Apr 27, 2020
What Makes a Successful Musical Theatre Entry - Hear from the Experts
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Guests - Alexandra Frohlinger, Jesse Miller, Max Vasapoli

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

 

In Episode 24 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by Musical Theatre experts Alex, Jesse, and Max to talk what sets this genre apart from the rest!


Topics Include:

  • The differences between Musical Theatre Dance and Theatre Jazz
  • The specific things judges look for in Musical Theatre routines at competition
  • The never-ending debate about lip syncing in the Musical Theatre category

 

The blog that inspired this episode was released in May of 2018, and is called “Bringing Broadway Dance to the Competition Stage”. Read now!

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Alex @froyourboat
  • Jesse @jessekmiller
  • Max @mx_vsp

Register now for IDA's Virtual Competition. Accepting Solo and Group routines. $30/entry! Judge's critiques, cash prizes and a Top 20 live streamed Challenge! www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition 

 

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


Apr 20, 2020
Virtual Dance Classes - Navigating a New Way of Teaching
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Guests - Casey Dipersio & Lainee Uitermarkt

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 23 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley sit down with IDA Judges Casey and Lainee to talk about how they are navigating the new wave of teaching dance online during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Topics Include:

  • Their personal experience teaching virtually
  • Tips and tricks on how to have a more successful online class
  • The pros and cons of teaching through zoom


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Casey @caseydipersio
  • Lainee @lainee.uit


Check out IDA's new Virtual Dance Competition! Register your Solo or Group routine now! www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition


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

Apr 13, 2020
Levels at Competition- Thoughts from your Judges
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In Episode 22 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley tackle the topic of levels at Competition, with IDA judges Steven and Amy weighing in with their thoughts.

Topics Include:

  • The pros and cons of having multiple levels of competition
  • Why the levels system is so often abused
  • Expectations for dancers in each level
  • Ideas to make the levels system fairer

The blog that inspired this episode was released in February of 2017, and it’s called “Levels - A Judge’s Perspective”. Read now!

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

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Lesley @lil_lez36
Steven @stvncardona
Amy @mazeamy

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

Apr 06, 2020
Beyond the Barre - Why Ballet Matters in Competitive Dance
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Guests - Carrie Euker, Holly Gannett

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 21 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley bring ballet center stage as they discuss how to keep the style exciting and relevant in the competition world.


Topics Include:

  • Ideas for keeping ballet class interesting
  • What judges look for in a ballet competition routine
  • How ballet can benefit other styles of dance

 

Check out our previous blog articles that inspired this topic!

 


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Carrie @CMEuker
  • Holly @Hollcoll77


Enter now into IDA's Virtual Dance Competition! Solo and Group event! Register on our website! www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/virtualcompetition


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

Mar 30, 2020
Pushing Past Performance Anxiety
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Guests - Melissa Bartrem, Jen Garaffa
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 19 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley dive deep into the topic of performance anxiety with guests Melissa and Jen. **Advice shared in this podcast is solely the opinions of the guests and hosts, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical disorder. If you are experiencing depression or anxiety, reach out to a medical professional for help.

Topics Include:

  • How to counter negative self-talk
  • Tips for teachers to foster a positive environment in the classroom
  • Personal stories about performance anxiety and how to make it work for you instead of against you


The blog that inspired this episode was released in February of 2018, and it’s called “Pushing Past Performance Anxiety”. Read now!


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!



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  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Melissa Bartrem @inspire_2dance
  • Jen Garaffa @jengaraffa


Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of you dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season! Receive $10 off your next order with code: Impact



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

Mar 23, 2020
COVID-19 - The Effects on the Dance Community
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In this special episode of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley discuss the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the dance community, from the perspective of teachers, judges, parents, and professional dancers.

Topics Include:

  • Suggestions for dancers to stay positive and active during the time away from studios and competitions
  • Insight into the suspension of the NBA season from Miami Heat dancer Julia Galloway
  • The general vibe in cities across the country, including New York City, Miami, and suburbs of Detroit and Long Island

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Dione @dione.hamza
  • Julia @littlejewlia
  • Joey @joeyorto

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

Mar 18, 2020
The Power of Social Media in the Dance World
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In Episode 18 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Kelly and Hillary to discuss the many ways social media has changed the dance world!

Topics Include:

  • How social media influences trends in the dance world
  • Easy ideas to self-promote on social media
  • Personal stories of how social media has positively impacted the lives and careers of the guests and hosts

The blog that inspired this episode was released in 2018, and it’s called “Social Media in the Dance World”. Read now!

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Kelly @kellykrammertaps
  • Hillary @hzbyszinski


Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: High Demand Dance Competition

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

Mar 09, 2020
The Evolution of Acro
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Guests - Drew Burgess, Marissa Anderson

Hosted by - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 17 of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley are joined by some of the best acro teachers in the biz, Drew Burgess and Marissa Anderson, to talk all things acro!


Topics Include:

  • Best practices for safe acro skills
  • Incorporating acro into dance routines at competition
  • Translating acro training into a professional career

The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2018 and it’s called “Reaching New Heights - Acro at Competition”. Read now!

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Drew @drewdances
  • Marissa @marissastaniecdance

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


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

Mar 02, 2020
Q&A with Courtney - February Edition
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In the February Edition of Q&A With Courtney, she answers your questions about the competitive dance world.

Topics include:

  • Judging expectations
  • Competing an Acro solo
  • Transitioning to a higher level
  • Finding your performance in contemporary


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of you dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season! Receive $10 off your next order with code: Impact


Follow Us!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators @impactdanceadjudicators

 

For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Feb 24, 2020
Changing The Game - Interview with REVEL Dance Convention
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This week on Making The Impact - Courtney sits down for our first interview with dance convention owners, Frank Musso and Christian Clark from Revel Dance Convention. They discuss the in's and out's of starting a convention company and their rise to success in the industry.

Topics Include:
- Why Revel was created
- A look into what makes their events unique
- How REVEL has grown so quickly since their start
- The importance of education and training in the competitive dance industry


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

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Courtney @courtney.ortiz
Frank @frankmusso
Christian @topherachris79
REVEL @reveldanceconvention

Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of you dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season! Receive $10 off your next order with code: Impact

Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's Critiques. Send us a video of your dance, and one of our IDA Judge's will critique your routine within 72 hours. You can also add additional feedback to take your performance to the next level. To learn more and submit your video now, head to our website!

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

Feb 17, 2020
Competition Kindness - Etiquette at the Event
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Guests - Lauren Alto, Beau Hutchings, Kelsey Lack

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 15 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley celebrate Valentine’s Day Week by discussing kindness at competition! Special guests Lauren Alto, Beau Hutchings, and Kelsey Lack weigh in on the importance of etiquette and kindness at competition as well as at the studio.


Topics Include:

  • Why etiquette is important for dancers to learn and practice
  • Ideas for studio owners and teachers to promote kindness and goodwill in the classroom
  • What judges and competition staff look for from dancers at competition in terms of etiquette

 

The blog that inspired this episode was released in April 2017, and it’s called “Competition Kindness - Etiquette at the Event”. Read now!

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
  • Lauren Alto @laurenalt0
  • Beau Hutchings @b4hutchi
  • Kelsey Nelson Lack @kjndance

 

Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Axis dance Competition


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

Feb 10, 2020
The Importance of Tap Class and Why You Should Be Taking It
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Guests - Angelina Young Savage, Michelle Tolson

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 14 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley chat with tap specialists Angelina Young Savage and Michelle Tolson about the importance of tap in the dance industry.


Topics Include:

  • What judges look for in the tap category
  • The differences and similarities between Rhythm Tap and Broadway Tap
  • How tap influences other styles of dance


The blog that inspired this episode was released in April 2017, and it’s called “Keeping Tap Timely in a Contemporary World”. Read now!


More recently, IDA judge and tap specialist Kelly Krammer took to the blog with her article “The Importance of Tap Class and Why You Should Be Taking It”, which was shared over 1000 times on social media! Check it out here!


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Angelina @Angelina_Young_Savage
  • Michelle @michelletolson


Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Episode Sponsor: Spirit of Dance Awards


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

Feb 03, 2020
Q&A with Courtney & Lesley - January Edition
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In the January Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney is joined by special guest, her co-host Lesley Mealor, to help answer your questions on topics including:

  • How essential are tricks in routines
  • Keeping the stage age appropriate
  • Proper song selection for dancers
  • Clarifying genre placement for competition


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of your dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season! Receive $10 off your next order with code: Impact


Follow Us!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators @impactdanceadjudicators


For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Jan 27, 2020
The Do's and Don'ts of Costuming for the Competitive Stage
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Guests - Sheena DiMatteo, Daniel Tardibono

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In Episode 13 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, guests Sheena DiMatteo and Daniel Tardibono sit down with Courtney and Lesley to discuss the ins and outs of costuming for competition!


Topics Include:

  • Best practices for costuming dancers appropriately
  • Glitzy costumes vs plain costumes - does it really matter?
  • Inclusivity in costuming
  • Appropriate presentation for the stage
  • The biggest question in all of the dance competition industry - tights or no tights?


The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2017, and it’s called “Costuming For the Competition Stage”. Read now!


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


Follow your Hosts & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @lil_lez36
  • Sheena @sheenadimatteo
  • Daniel @danielt1776


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


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

Jan 20, 2020
Our Stage is Your Canvas - Interview with High Demand Dance Competition
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Guests - Kelli Rooney and Natalie Layton of High Demand Dance Competition. Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz


In this week’s episode of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney interviews owners of High Demand Dance Competition, Kelli Rooney and Natalie Layton, and finds out what makes their events stand out from the others in the industry!

Topics Include:

  • The background of both owners, and how they started HD Dance Competition
  • Discussing dance in college and the different paths you can take into the dance world
  • The special features of HD Dance Competition, including on-stage warm up before each event and custom stage lighting!

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

 

Follow your Host & Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • High Demand Dance Competition @hddancecomp


Visit www.hddancecompetition.com for more information about High Demand Dance Competition’s 2020 tour!


Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's Critiques. Send us a video of your dance, and one of our IDA Judges will critique your routine within 72 hours. You can also add on additional feedback to take your performance to the next level. To learn more and submit your video now, head to our website!


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

Jan 13, 2020
Taking Critical Feedback from your Judges
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Guest - Christina Belinsky
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor


In this episode of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley sit down with IDA Judge, Performer and Choreographer, Christina Belinsky, to talk about how to take critical feedback at competition. This episode includes:

  • Advice for how to apply feedback from competition in class
  •  How to challenge yourself if you’re not getting usable feedback
  • Tips to stay motivated and positive when receiving critical feedback

 

The blog that inspired this episode was released in March 2019, and is called “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Taking Critical Feedback From Your Judges”. Check it out! 


Follow your Hosts and Guests on Instagram!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
  • Christina Belinsky @christinabelinsky

 

Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of you dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season! Receive $10 off your next order with code: Impact


Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: Just Dance Invitational 


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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

Jan 06, 2020
Q&A with Courtney - December Edition
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In the December Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney (and a few special guests) answer your questions on topics including:

  • Performance vs. Technique
  • What makes a dancer stand out
  • Proper level to place your dancers at competition
  • Are tricks essential in competition choreography?

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor: High Demand Dance Competition: www.hddancecompetition.com

 

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  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Impact Dance Adjudicators @impactdanceadjudicators

 

For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Dec 23, 2019
Why Technique Will Never Go out of Style
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In this episode of Making the Impact, Courtney and Lesley chat with Erika Hebron and Mary Roberts about the benefits of technique in all styles of dance. This episode covers:

  • Ideas for keeping technique classes fresh and engaging
  • How a strong technical foundation can prevent injury as well as help a dancer bounce back from injury
  • Tips for how to work on your technique on your own, outside of class

 

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

 

The blog that inspired this episode was released back in February 2018, and is called “Why Technique Will Never Go Out of Style”. Check it out!

Follow your Hosts and Guests on Instagram!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
  • Erika Hebron @ejhebron
  • Mary Roberts @msmaryroberts


Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of your dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season! Receive $10 off your next order with code: Impact
www.levelupdancesupplies.com


Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Episode Sponsor: Spirit of Dance Awards


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

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

Dec 16, 2019
Investing in the Future of Dance - Interview with Just Dance Invitational
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On this week's special episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney interviews Sandra Choi, owner of Just Dance Invitational! The show includes:

  • The backstory behind Just Dance Invitational
  • Just Dance Invitational’s mission to further dance education for students
  • The special assistant training program offered by Just Dance Invitational

 

Follow your Host and Guests on Instagram!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Just Dance Invitational @just_dance_invitational


Visit www.justdanceinvitational.com for more info and to check out their 2020 tour dates!


Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of your dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season!
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CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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

Dec 09, 2019
Boys in Dance
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Today, Courtney and Lesley sit down with male dancers and IDA Judges Eddie Bennett, Colin Shea Denniston, and Robb Gibbs to talk about their experiences in the industry, from studio to stage. This episode covers:

  • The benefits of having a male teacher for boys in dance
  • Costuming for boys
  • Tips for choreography
  • Ideas to keep boys interested and invested in dance

The blog that inspired this episode was released back in May of 2017, and is called “Let’s Hear It For The Boys!” To read more about this topic, head on over to the blog! 

Follow your Hosts and Guests on Instagram!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
  • Eddie Bennett @euphorian54
  • Colin Shea Denniston @MrColinShea
  • Robb Gibbs @robb.gibbs

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor Axis Dance Competition. Head to their website now to learn more: www.axisdancecompetition.com


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

Dec 02, 2019
Age Range Expectations
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On this week's episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney chats with teachers and IDA judges Emily, Jessica, and Miranda about the expectations for each age range at competition. The conversation includes:

  • Ideas for teaching age appropriate concepts
  • Specific tips for teaching certain steps
  • What the judges are looking for in each category in terms of age

The blog that inspired this episode was released in May of 2018, and featured 3 talented IDA Judges and teachers, and it’s called “From Your Judges - Expectations For Each Age Range At Competition”. Read now!

Follow your Host and Guests on Instagram!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Emily Branigan @embranigan
  • Jessica Olinik @JWODANCE
  • Miranda Spada @mirandarosespada

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!


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


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

Nov 25, 2019
Q&A with Courtney - November Edition
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In the November Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney (and a few special guests) answer your questions on topics including:

  • Age expectations at competition
  • Transitions within routines
  • Judges’ preference between clean and simple, or difficult and messy choreography
  • Tights or no tights?

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Check out our service: IDA Online Judge's Critiques. Send us a video of your dance, and one of our IDA Judge's will critique your routine within 72 hours. You can also add on additional feedback to take your performance to the next level. To learn more and submit your video now, head to our website!

Follow Us us on Instagram!

  • @courtney.ortiz
  • @impactdanceadjudicators

 

For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Nov 18, 2019
Choreography
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Hosts - Courtney Ortiz, Lesley Mealor
Guests - Adrienne Hicks, Joey Ortolani


In Episode 6 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges and choreographers Adrienne Hicks and Joey Ortolani to talk about all things choreography. This episode includes:

  • Tips for staying inspired as a choreographer
  • What the choreographic process is like for Adrienne and Joey
  • Ideas for creating choreography
  • An inside look at what judges are looking for in competitive choreography

The blog that inspired this episode was released in February of 2017, and is called “Choreography @ Competition”. CLICK HERE to read now.


To learn more about your hosts and the featured judges in this episode, follow us on Instagram:

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @ lil_lez36
  • Adrienne @ adge24
  • Joey @joeyorto

Check out our Sponsor and IDA Affiliated Competition Just Dance Invitational! Head to their website now to check out their 2020 Tour Dates! 


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A podcast with Courtney, owner of IDA! You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out!


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

Nov 11, 2019
The Diva Difference - Interview with Diva Dance Competition
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Guests - Anne Roberts and Kym Yadisernia

Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz 

 

On this week's special episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney interviews Anne Roberts and Kym Yadisernia, owners of Diva Dance Competition! The show includes: 

  • The backstory behind Diva Dance Competition
  • How Diva’s live judging format works
  • Diva’s mission to bring awareness to CdLS

 

Follow your Host and Guests on Instagram! 

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Diva Dance Competition @divacomps

 

Visit www.divacomps.com for more info and to check out their 2020 tour dates!

 

For more information about the CdLs Foundation and how you can help, visit www.CdLsusa.org

 

Check out our season sponsor Level Up Dance Supplies for all of you dance bag and dance gear needs this competition season!

 

CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

 

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

Nov 04, 2019
Lyrical vs. Contemporary - Separating the Styles
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Guests - Christina Fuschetto, Maddie Kurtz
Hosted By - Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 3 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Christina Fuschetto and Maddie Kurtz to talk about the importance of knowing the differences between lyrical and contemporary styles at competition. The conversation covers:

  • The evolving definitions of lyrical and contemporary
  • A brief history of both styles
  • Lots of opinions about what makes a lyrical dance a lyrical dance and not a contemporary dance, and vice versa
  • Advice for studio owners and teachers about where to place dancers so that they do their best work at competition

The blog that inspired this episode was released in January of 2018, and featured 4 IDA Judges, and it’s called “Contemporary vs Lyrical - Separating the Styles”. Read now!


Follow your Hosts and Guests on Instagram!

  • Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
  • Christina @dancing_warrior
  • Maddie @maddiekurtz92


CLICK HERE to send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA. You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out live on the air!

Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Episode Sponsor: Spirit of Dance Awards

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

Oct 28, 2019
Competition Cleaning - Perfecting Your Routines
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Guests: Chloe Roberts, Christina Young Yoder Hosted by: Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 2 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley are joined by IDA judges Chloe Roberts and Christina Young Yoder to discuss the ins and outs of competition cleaning. The conversation covers:

  • The benefits of cleaning as you teach, and the benefits of choreographing quick and cleaning after
  • How to keep younger dancers engaged while cleaning
  • Cleaning guest choreographer's work
  • Keeping choreography level appropriate to help the cleaning process

This episode was inspired by the IDA blog “Tips and Tricks For Competition Cleaning”, which was published in October of 2017 and can be found at here.

Follow your Hosts and Guests!

  • Courtney @courtney.ortiz
  • Lesley @ lil_lez36
  • Chloe @chloerobertsdance
  • Christina @christinatap2

 


To send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA, visit www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/podcast to record a question! You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out!


Visit our sponsors website and check out their upcoming 2020 tour dates! www.hddancecompetition.com


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

Oct 21, 2019
10 Tips for Dance Convention Training
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Guests - Casie Goshow, Derek Mitchell, Jim Nowakowski, DJ Smart Host - Courtney Ortiz


In Episode 3 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney is joined by four sought-after convention faculty members to share their advice for a successful convention season!


Topics include:

  • Convention training and etiquette
  • Tips from your Faculty 
  • Prepping for the dance competition season


The blog that inspired this episode was released in October of 2017, and is titled “Convention Etiquette - Advice From the Faculty”. Find it here.


Follow your Host & Guests!
Courtney Ortiz - @courtney.ortiz
Casie - @bgirltynee
Derek - @derekmitchellg
Jim - @jimnowakowski
DJ - @DJsmartJR


To send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A podcast with Courtney, owner of IDA, visit www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/podcast to record a question! You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out!


Check out our IDA Affiliated Competition and Sponsor - Axis Dance Competition. www.axisdancecompetition.com


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

Oct 21, 2019
What Dance Competitions Taught Me
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Guests: Troy Haywood, Ash Marinelli

Hosted by: Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In Episode 1 of Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, Courtney and Lesley chat with IDA judges Troy Haywood and Ash Marinelli about what dance competitions taught them. The conversation covers:

  • The influence dance competitions had on them as young dancers
  • How attending competitions led to the successful career paths they chose
  • Why they decided to get into judging
  • Memories of “the good old days” of dance competitions

 

This episode was inspired by the IDA blog “What Dance Competitions Taught Me”, which was published in May of 2018.


Follow your Hosts & Guests on Instagram!
Courtney Ortiz @courtney.ortiz
Lesley Mealor @lil_lez36
Troy Haywood @troyeography
Ash Marinelli @alm433.


To send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A episode with Courtney, owner of IDA, visit www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/podcast to record a question! You can request to stay anonymous, or Courtney can give you a shout out!


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

Oct 14, 2019
Q&A with Courtney - October Edition
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Host - Courtney Ortiz

In the October Edition of Q&A With Courtney, Courtney (and a few special guests) answer your questions on topics including:

  • Levels at competition
  • How to stand out in the crowd
  • The value (of lack of value) in dancers performing multiple solos

 

To send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A podcast with Courtney, owner of IDA, visit www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/podcast to record a question! You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out!

Follow Courtney Ortiz at @courtney.ortiz, and Impact Dance Adjudicators at @impactdanceadjudicators on Instagram, and for a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Oct 14, 2019
Meet the Hosts of Making The Impact!
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Intro Episode: Meet the Hosts of Making The Impact!
Hosted by: Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor

In the intro episode of Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast, hosts Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor introduce themselves, explain what Impact Dance Adjudicators is, and let you know what to look forward to in Season 1!


This episode includes:
- Background on the professional careers of your hosts
- A crash course on the services that Impact Dance Adjudicators offers
- A heads up on the topics we will cover in Season 1, from technique, to choreography, to age range and level expectations

All of our round table episodes are inspired by a previous blog article from the IDA Judge’s Blog. To read up on past blogs, visit www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/judgesblog

Have you ever wanted to ask a judge a question about competition? Studio owners, dance teachers, dance parents and students can send in your questions to be answered on a future Q&A podcast with Courtney! Visit www.impactdanceadjudicators.com/podcast to record a question!! You can request to stay anonymous or have Courtney give you a shout out!

Follow your Hosts! @courtney-ortiz & @lil_lez36


Follow Impact Dance Adjudicators! @impactdanceadjudicators

For a list of affiliated dance competitions, visit our website www.impactdanceadjudicators.com

Oct 14, 2019