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, tune in as Courtney and Lesley discuss various hot topics in round table discussions with IDA Judges, from technique, to costumes, to the dreaded question - “Tights…or no tights?” Courtney will even fly solo on special Q&A episodes where she will answer YOUR questions about dance competitions!


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Refreshingly honest and so informative!

What a gem this podcast is, not only for studio owners and teachers, but for dance parents as well! It's a fabulous resource for anyone and everyone in the competition dance industry! an awesome extension of the 3 minute critiques competition judges are typically limited to and it gives additional meaningful feedback that everyone can benefit from at every level!


Over 100+ 5 star reviews on Apple Podcasts!

Courtney Ortiz and Lesley Mealor have known each other since 2008, when they were lucky enough to book their first professional jobs with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. They became fast friends, sharing a tiny cabin on the ship and having a blast performing aboard the Vision of the Seas. 


Over the past 11 years, their lives have taken them through auditions, tours, teaching, judging, and survival jobs, and through it all, they've remained close, both as friends and colleagues in the dance industry. Impact Dance Adjudicators was developed by Courtney with Lesley's help, and they both work hard to keep each other sane throughout the busy competition season! 


The addition of the IDA Blog in 2017 added another element to the IDA brand, and is overseen by Lesley. After several years of producing educational and informative dance blogs, from the perspective of actual competition judges, both Courtney and Lesley wanted an additional way to reach the dance world with the quality content that's found in the blog. 


Making the Impact - A Dance Competition Podcast was conceived as a tool for dance educators, dance parents, and dancers to be better informed about what the judges are looking for at competition, as well as helpful training tips, information about competitions that use IDA judges, and advice about any and all things dance!


Do you have a question you've been dying to ask a judge? Guess what? Now is your chance to have it answered!

Submit your question in the form below and we may answer it on an upcoming episode of Q&A with Courtney + give you an awesome shoutout! 

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Making The Impact - A Dance Competition has hit over 25K downloads in Season 1

and ranked #26 on the Apple Podcast Performing Arts Charts in the U.S.

We are always looking for new dance-related sponsors! Interested in learning more? 

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