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Date Posted: 12:28:11 04/04/19 Thu
Author: inside
Subject: OP-your post is very vague and could really be misleading, as well as damaging. Answers to your question, if it is truly one, can easily be found on the CLRG website, CLRG.ie It is all spelled out, far better than the AP, 'itk' which was also vague.
In reply to: CDM 's message, "A non TCRG dance teacher...should she be running a OC class, by herself?" on 21:20:14 04/03/19 Wed

First - what do you mean by what you put in quotes, "teaching" -?
Second- you indicate OC, then OC Prelim - which is it?
Third - you stated "A non TCRG dance teacher" - what do you mean by a non TCRG dance teacher?

To answer the vagaries - Yes, to all, depending on circumstances and situations.

Frequently, older, experienced champ dancers studying for the TCRG exams may oversee classes while the certified TC is working with others. Many schools have separate rooms for dancer classes and dancers will work with others, but not - "teach" - teaching is instructing with new material, etc. Only the certified TCRG can "teach" new material; however, it is perfectly acceptable for dancers to work with each other to perfect material that has been taught by the TCRG.

Different schools run combination classes and use seasoned, experienced dancers to help with other dancers in working on choreography taught by the TCRG, but they are not "teaching" but rather, assisting and wholly different. TCRGs may need to separate small groups to focus on specific skills and have the seasoned dancers supervise (make sure) continued practice in another area of the studio/room - but this is not "teaching."

There are also occasions when a TC has an illness or emergency and has an experienced dancer run a scheduled class session; however, it is not considered a class, but more so a practice session (hard to come by for some) and so that dancers do not lose valuable time working on steps and material. There is no "teaching" being done in these instances.

Lastly, many schools also employ or call in other dance instructors to have dancers work on turn out, form, posture, etc. and also call in physical trainers and exercise experts to work with their dancers, along with sports psychology experts. These are all "non TCRG" individuals running the 'class' - and perfectly accepted. There is no Irish dance "teaching" being done.

A TCRG is responsible for "teaching" material and is expected to be present (on premises) for all scheduled Irish dance classes. That said, there are exceptions (above) that do occur, and which are perfectly within the rules governing TCRGs.

If you have specific concerns, then address them with the regional council, after you consult the rules published via CLRG.

Hope this is helpful to you in understanding and would recommend that you also go to the rules that are posted in CLRG.

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  • Not sure what’s behind this but a non TC cannot teach alone. The TC must be the scheduled teacher and be present. -- Too frequent, 18:46:40 04/06/19 Sat

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