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Irish dance teachers, studio owners, and soon-to-be TCs gather 'round and listen to the podcast for you! Courtney Jay TCRG talks through challenges, struggles, and wins that we have along our teaching and business ownership journeys. Guests will include other teachers, owners, and aspiring teachers who wish to be coached through their challenges on the show!
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It's our first ever look back week on a previous episode from 2019. We're welcoming Lauren Carroll Bolger TCRG BACK to the podcast next week so I wanted everyone to have the chance to listen to her episode from 5 years ago. Lauren teaches in Washington State and is a graduate of the University of Limerick's Irish Music and Dance program. Carroll-He…
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This episode is dedicated to the late Maureen McTeggart Hall. Maureen founded the McTeggart School in 1939 in Cork City, Ireland, with her three sisters. Peggy, Nancy, Maureen and Betty received instruction in the art of traditional Irish dance from Cormac O’Keefe, of the the great dancing masters of Ireland. Maureen McTeggart Hall brought the scho…
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Listener Question: What do I do if I outgrow my school? Live show at NAIDC?? Sound off! In today's main event, we discuss how to plan for profit in our financial health series. This episode would have lended itself better to a format with video and screen sharing but hopefully all the math doesn't get too confusing. -------------- Courtney Jay TCRG…
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In this episode we go over the absolute basics of your studio finances and how to get time back with tools to help you grow your studio without doing it all manually. I am not sponsored or affiliated with the resources linked below, however you have my personal recommendation and endorsement! Dance Studio Pro: 30 Day Free Trial https://resources.da…
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Welcome to the first solo episode of 2024! On this episode we have our first listener question around choreography and workshops, a look at my goals for 2024, and the ways my 2023 goals were achieved and help me level up my business. Warning: OPTIMIZE is said far too often in this episode. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: *Not sponsored, I wish…
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Ever wanted to know what the adjudicator is really thinking? Do costumes and 'the look' really matter? Today we have three adjudicators celebrating one year behind the table to answer your questions! Thank you to Becky Chapman ACRG, Casey Costello ADCRG, and Ryan McCombe ADCRG for their time and perspectives! ------ Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of …
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Ever wanted to know what the adjudicator is really thinking? Do costumes and 'the look' really matter? Today we have three adjudicators celebrating one year behind the table to answer your questions! Thank you to Becky Chapman ACRG, Casey Costello ADCRG, and Ryan McCombe ADCRG for their time and perspectives! ------ Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of …
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A fun Q&A with questions submitted by listeners to close out 2023! Categories include business, choreography, favorite things, hot takes, and just for fun.... enjoy! ------------------------ Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish dance teachers, studio owners, and aspiring teachers/studio owners who want to learn t…
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Today's guest is a man of many passions and talents and in this episode he sits still long enough to tell us all about his Irish dance career and how his multi-national school came to be. He tells us what it's like to sit down as an adjudicator and how he successfully runs a large adult dance program in addition to being an avid musician and archit…
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This week we're talking about my *slightly controversial* decision to require all Oireachtas dancers to dance in a team. How did it go? How did we do it? What did I learn? Listen now! The question box for our end-of-year Q&A/Ask Me Anything will go live on my Instagram story. If you miss it, feel free to send an email or a DM! ---------------------…
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Today we’re sitting down with Nicole McKeever TCRG ADCRG, graduate of the University of Limerick MA Irish Dance and Riverdance member from 2008-2013. She has worked to achieve many childhood dreams throughout her dance career and her impact on her students and community is evident! Keep up with Nicole: www.mckeeverdance.com IG: @‌mckeeverschoolofir…
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In this episode we're walking through the creative process of creating choreography. I'd love to hear from other teachers and choreographers about your thoughts on this episode - reach out by email or on Instagram! Don't forget to join our Facebook community for videos of past work. Referenced in this episode: Rite of Spring; Breandan de Gallai for…
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Today Oona of @wmh_x_0 on Instagram joins us for an episode all about the chaotic, unique, and epitome of 'IYKYK' shared experience of growing up Irish dancing. We talk about the less publicly acknowledged feelings of shame, embarrassment, defeat, and loneliness that dancers experience but don't often talk about. ----------------------------- Court…
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Oireachtas season is upon us! Here's my attempt to remind everyone why we're here and what really matters in this unscripted, from-the-heart episode in the moments before the Oireachtas season kicks off. ----------------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish dance teachers, studio owners, …
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Today's guest is choreographer, live entertainment producer, mindset coach, and world champion Scott Doherty! Whether it was deciding to win the worlds or starting a career after retiring from competition, Scott has broken away from the usual methods and found his own way to success in everything he's accomplished. We talk about: his journey as a d…
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This week we're covering the BBC Documentary "The Year That Rocked Irish Dancing;" this is personal commentary of the docuseries and all views expressed here are my own. NEW "Call In" to the podcast! Send an audio message to courtneyjaytcrg@gmail.com to share an opinion or perspective, respond to something I've said on the show, ask a question, or …
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Oh boy, we're back! It has been a loooooooong time but I am so happy to be in your feeds once again! Here's what I've been up to, what I'm working on, and what I'd love to hear from you! Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish dance teachers, studio owners, and aspiring teachers/studio owners who want to learn teach…
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Welcome back to TCRG to CEO Radio! It's been awhile, but we're back for (hopefully) a better 2021. In this episode, host Courtney Jay TCRG takes us through a recap of the challenges and wins from 2020 as well as what's to come in 2021. Follow on Instagram: @courtneyjay_tcrg Join the Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/tcrgtoceo Get in touch…
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It has been too long! I hope you're all healthy and well. Today's episode is a mix of my own confessional about this time as well as how COVID-19 has impacted studios and will continue to do so. Share your thoughts in our Facebook community and get the reopening resources! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------…
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It's like a round table, but different! Favorite guests of the podcast and I answer 20 questions all things Irish dance. Stay healthy and safe! Connect with Annabelle and Diana on Instagram: @annabellebugaydance @mrs.dersch -------------------------------------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast …
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Thank you all to joined us on our webinar on Thursday March 19, 2020! Here's the audio replay of the webinar so you can dive into the technology and logistics of teaching online. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Allison or I! Connect with Allison on Instagram: @allison.duvall @allison.duvall.dance Allison's Quick Start Gu…
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Worried about the future of your studio during these troubled and unprecedented times? We're here to help! Take your studio into the virtual world with Zoom! Learn about how to effectively host your classes online in our interview with Allison. Connect with Allison on Instagram: @allison.duvall @allison.duvall.dance Allison's Quick Start Guide: htt…
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Hey, we're back! So many thanks to Diana Dersch for proposing and guest hosting this episode all about teacher/dancer communication. Dancers share what they wish their teacher knew and vice versa. I know I had a lot to think about after listening and I'm sure you will too! I'd love to hear what your biggest takeaway was in our Facebook group for li…
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What is a workshop? What are the benefits to having a workshop instructor? How do I become a workshop instructor? All of this answered (and more!) on this week's episode of TCRG to CEO Radio! -------------------------------------------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish dance teachers, …
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It's 2019 and for better or for worse, the world is changing. CLRG has a handbook of child protection guidelines, but what happens when life doesn't work like the handbook? Or when your situation isn't addressed in the handbook? Or, you're just a male TCRG/studio owner in 2019? Ryan McCombe TCRG and Christian Cairone TCRG are back to discuss their …
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We are so excited to bring our first boys roundtable to the podcast! Today I'm joined by two of my fellow TCRGs and friends, Ryan and Christian, to discuss how to get more boys dancing, staying in dancing, and how to support their dance journey as they progress. We'll bring you Part 2 next week where we discuss being a male teacher in 2019. You can…
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Did you listen to last week's episode? If so, I wanted to add in more about marketing changes I made over the years and in the meantime I'll be addressing some of your burning questions on marketing! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish d…
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This solo episode was requested by an Instagram follower and it was fun to reflect back on my first five years as a studio owner. I have just started Year 6 and I can't wait to see what the next five years bring! I hope I've included details that are helpful to current and future studio owners, but as always you can jump into our listeners-only Fac…
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Today we're talking to Lauren Carroll-Bolger TCRG about what it's like to balance owning an Irish dance school with a full time job. Lauren takes us through a day in the life, her top tips, and shares some of her teaching methods with our listeners. Find her on Instagram: @laurcarrollbolger ---------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here,…
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee're back! After an abrupt end to Season 2, we're back into the swing of things and ready for Season 3! This little bridge between seasons offers a welcome to new listeners, a welcome back to loyal listeners, some updates on what's been happening this summer, a sneaky book review, AND a preview at what you can look forwar…
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Back to the podcast and better together, Diana and Annabelle are back to discuss some submitted topics from you, the listeners! We discuss the competitive field and the unique struggles of the middle-of-the-pack dancer, whether or not every dancer has the potential to be a top dancer, and the evolution of competitive dance (and so much more!). To d…
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Headed to Vancouver or following along at home? Here's what you need to know about this year's North American Irish Dance Championships in Vancouver, BC! Official NAIDC site: https://www.naidc.wcidta.ca/ Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/naidc2019/ IDM Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXJaF_u3dlA --------------------------------…
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Today we're talking to Casey O'Connor of O'Connor School of Irish Dance in Maryland! Casey is a TCRG who has learned many methods of keeping Irish dance fun and engaging for the newest and youngest dancers so they continue to love dance and return for years and years. You can follow Casey on Instagram @tcrg_at_osid for teaching tips and tricks as w…
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What's the biggest marketing mistake I see SO MANY Irish dance studio owners making? It's not what you think! This episode is short but packed with value - make sure you jump into the group to go deeper into how to fix this common mistake. ------------------------------------ Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish …
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This week's episode is a Q&A from questions collected from our listeners community on Facebook and Instagram. There are some interesting questions that I certainly had never thought about before... listen to find out what they are and my thoughts! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here, hos…
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Welp - I burnt out. Learn from my mistakes and learn the warning signs so you can fiercely and passionately pursue your goals, dreams, and to-do list! Resources: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-women/201104/overcoming-burnout Book Suggestion: High Oct…
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This is part two of my conversation with Diana Dersch, senior lady, wife, mom, and Irish dancer extraordinaire who was a competitor at the 2019 World Championships. We talk through the new Worlds format, suggestions we have for the event going forward, the alternatives, and feedback from you! Worlds Briefing: https://www.clrg.ie/images/Briefing_not…
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Tune into part one of my conversation with Diana Dersch, senior lady, wife, mom, and Irish dancer extraordinaire who was a competitor at the 2019 World Championships. We talk through the new Worlds format, its pros and cons, and our general feelings about how things went. Next time, you'll hear the suggestions and alternatives that were brought for…
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Whether you're just starting out on your own or at your wits end drowning in the day to day of your business - this episode is here to help! I hope it warms you up to the idea of hiring help or gives you a step by step process to follow in making your first hire. We talk through the benefits of having support staff, what to do BEFORE you post a job…
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The age old debate - difficulty vs execution... Is there a 'right' balance? We discuss today on the podcast! Join us in the Facebook group to weigh in on your thoughts and stance on this topic. ---------------------------------------- Courtney Jay TCRG here, host of TCRG to CEO Radio, the podcast for Irish dance teachers, studio owners, and aspirin…
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Happy World Championships, everyone! Around the world, Irish dance organizations are holding their World Championships! This episode focused on the CLRG World Championships happening in Greensboro, NC 4/14-4/21 with a brand new format. Courtney details CLRG's new format and shares her thoughts on this little Worlds preview. Join us in the private, …
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Flashing back to 2014 in my play by play of my TCRG exam experience along with reflections made in current day! Please note that all my notes are purely from my own experience and exams can differ. Hopefully my notes and reflections help give prospective candidates a point of reference when preparing for the exam. --------------------------- Courtn…
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Hey listeners! This week's episode is all about simple mindset shifts you can work on making to help move yourself forward and continually grow as a dancer, teacher, business person, or just as a general human! They're super simple but highly effective if done consistently. Make sure to jump into the Facebook group and let us know which mindset shi…
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Just a quick little reintroduction to the podcast as we return for Season Two! I hope everyone had a wonderful St Patrick's Day and is ready for more episodes! Teachers - grab my tested, trusted, and time-saving tech tools at www.courtneyjaytcrg.com/tools Studio Owners - grab my 'done for you' list of EVERYTHING you need to think about before you o…
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I promise, it's really possible! This is our last episode for Season 1 of TCRG to CEO Radio before we go on a brief hiatus for March Madness (the rince, obviously, not basketball!). I've answered your performance related questions, added my top tips, AND pulled together a killer resource list in case you need any personal recommendations. RESOURCE …
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Part two of our interview with Diana Dersch is here! - she's a dancer of so many years, wife, mom of a 9-month old munchkin, WMH, grade exam graduate, and so much more. She indulges everyone's curiosities about her experience at the Mock Worlds, how she's training for Worlds, what her goals are moving forward, her experience with grade exams, and t…
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This week's episode is a preview of the CLRG All Ireland Championships coming up 2/17 - 2/23 in Killarney, Ireland! Courtney walks you through the event format, the international qualifying formula, who you won't see due to conflicts, and how to follow along at home! Judges: Aedín Uí Mhaoileidigh - Ireland (Éire) Anne Reid - Ireland (Éire) Caroline…
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Wow, wow, wow! I can't wait for you to listen to this two-part interview with Diana Dersch - dancer of so many years, wife, mom of a 9-month old munchkin, WMH, grade exam graduate, and so much more. She indulges everyone's curiosities about what she has learned dancing in many schools in three different regions, competing in every US region, how sh…
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Over 300 Instagram followers had the opportunity to submit questions for this week's Q & A. I'm reading and answering the questions on today's show and many could grow into standalone episode topics in the future. Do you like Q & A's? Let me know by connecting with me through one of the channels below! ------------------------------------- Courtney…
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We're getting nerdy and digging into our BIG 3 financial terms to know and love - gross income, net income, and expenses. Knowing these terms and the numbers associated with them are KEY to running a profitable studio, budgeting, and optimizing your income. Courtney takes you behind her computer screen, into her spreadsheet, and talks you through h…
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