Making The Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast

By Impact Dance Adjudicators

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

  1. 1.
    Tricks vs. Technique
    1:01:20
  2. 2.
    The Importance of Musicality
    1:01:30
  3. 3.
    Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - February Edition
    52:15
  4. 4.
    An Inside Look into Judging and Scoring at Competitions
    1:08:17
  5. 5.
    Perfecting your Presentation for the Competitive Stage
    1:03:10
  6. 6.
    Three Careers in Dance That Don't Require a Stage
    56:54
  7. 7.
    Spotlight Feature - Sophia Lucia
    1:13:10
  8. 8.
    All About Improv!
    1:04:46
  1. 9.
    A Look Back at Competitive Dance Through the Years
    1:02:09
  2. 10.
    A Chat with Your Competition Directors - The 2021 Season
    1:17:29
  3. 11.
    Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - December Edition
    59:48
  4. 12.
    Age Appropriateness at Competition
    1:08:32
  5. 13.
    The Role of Race in Dance
    1:06:42
  6. 14.
    Keeping Jazz Dance Alive - In Studio and On Stage
    1:08:31
  7. 15.
    Spotlight Feature - Maud Arnold of Syncopated Ladies
    56:57
  8. 16.
    Guest Choreography
    1:13:08
  9. 17.
    The 2021 Competition Season - Best Practices For Block Scheduling
    56:45
  10. 18.
    How To Create a Stand-Out Video Submission for Virtual Competitions
    1:14:08
  11. 19.
    A Place For Every Dancer - Gender in the Dance Studio
    1:02:52
  12. 20.
    Q&A With Courtney LIVE! - October Edition
    1:08:53
  13. 21.
    Are You Correctly Categorizing Your Dances at Competition?
    56:50
  14. 22.
    How to Execute Unique Choreography Concepts at Competition
    1:00:59
  15. 23.
    Making the Most Out of Your Classes - In-studio and Online
    55:20
  16. 24.
    Spotlight Feature - JT Church
    1:06:49
  17. 25.
    Music at Competition
    1:02:22
  18. 26.
    Navigating the New Normal - The Upcoming Dance Season
    54:08
  19. 27.
    Welcome to Season 2!
    24:00
  20. 28.
    Season One - Wrap Up!
    1:02:00
  21. 29.
    LIVE Q&A with Courtney and Lesley - May Edition
    56:50
  22. 30.
    Translating Competitive Training into a Commercial or Concert Dance Career
    47:54
  23. 31.
    Senior Feature - A Look into the Lives of 3 Graduating Senior Dancers
    47:43
  24. 32.
    Cross Training during Quarantine
    49:24
  25. 33.
    Q&A with Courtney - April Edition
    48:10
  26. 34.
    What Makes a Successful Musical Theatre Entry - Hear from the Experts
    51:44
  27. 35.
    Virtual Dance Classes - Navigating a New Way of Teaching
    51:02
  28. 36.
    Levels at Competition- Thoughts from your Judges
    51:49
  29. 37.
    Beyond the Barre - Why Ballet Matters in Competitive Dance
    49:29
  30. 38.
    Pushing Past Performance Anxiety
    48:47
  31. 39.
    COVID-19 - The Effects on the Dance Community
    55:06
  32. 40.
    The Power of Social Media in the Dance World
    47:40
  33. 41.
    The Evolution of Acro
    49:44
  34. 42.
    Q&A with Courtney - February Edition
    36:53
  35. 43.
    Changing The Game - Interview with REVEL Dance Convention
    46:46
  36. 44.
    Competition Kindness - Etiquette at the Event
    50:01
  37. 45.
    The Importance of Tap Class and Why You Should Be Taking It
    45:24
  38. 46.
    Q&A with Courtney & Lesley - January Edition
    59:16
  39. 47.
    The Do's and Don'ts of Costuming for the Competitive Stage
    47:24
  40. 48.
    Our Stage is Your Canvas - Interview with High Demand Dance Competition
    44:35
  41. 49.
    Taking Critical Feedback from your Judges
    44:13
  42. 50.
    Q&A with Courtney - December Edition
    31:39

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