A Family Affair 

Ashling Daly Stanek, TCRG, Owner & Director

Ashling enjoyed a successful competitive career, winning Nationals, Mid Atlantic Championship, All Ireland Championships, and placing First at Worlds. Ashling continued her dance career through college, touring with the Tony Kenny: Christmas Time in Ireland and opening theJIGfactory New Hampshire, all while maintaining a full course load.


After graduating from Saint Anselm College in 2017 Ashling began her career working on MSNBC's Morning Joe before moving to Nasdaq. While her career kept her busy, she couldn't be kept from the studio, regularly dropping in to help and never missing a performance. Following Susan's passing in 2021, Ashling took over Ridgewood Irish Dance, aka her happy place. 


Ashling continues to manage "the best week of the year", Camp Rince Nua, At sixteen Ashling and Susan founded Camp Rince Nua, a sleep-away program for Irish Dancers of all levels, organizations, and interests.  

Susan Daly Stanek, Founder, TCRG, ADCRG 1965 - 2021:

Born in Dublin, where she began dancing at the age of 3. Susan enjoyed a flourishing dance career and traveled the world as a member of an international touring group. She also joined the John Players Theater Company, "Tops of the Town."


Susan moved to the United States in 1986. While living in Manhattan, Susan continued to dance taking lessons at the Martha Graham School. In 1995 Susan and her husband moved to Ridgewood to raise their growing family. In 2007, Susan was honored to receive the "Top 40 Under 40 " award from the Irish Echo. Ridgewood Irish Dance offers classes from toddler to adult, in instructional traditional Irish Dance, progressive Irish Dance, and Dance Drama. Ridgewood Irish Dance has performed internationally and shared the stage with Gaelic Storm, Cherish The Ladies, and Eileen Ivers. They have appeared on local and international networks. Ridgewood Irish Dance college students often receive grants and scholarships for their achievements.


In 2018 and 2020 Susan was a featured choreographer in an international showcase at Carnegie Hall in 2019 at Lincoln Center. Susan was also a 2020 honoree of the Ridgewood Arts Foundation. Susan's family will forever be grateful for the community Susan built and left to them. Her legacy, love, and fun lives on through the dancers. 

Susan Daly Stanek

1965 - 2021

Lindsey Stanek

During Lindsey's dance career, she won many titles including National and Mid Atlantic Champion. Lindsey is best known for her mastery of traditional set dances and innovative choreography, and of course, fun! After graduating from Tulane University, Lindsey remained in New Orleans to begin her career with the New Orleans Saints (NFL) and Pelicans (NBA) organizations. 


Lindsey continues to work with dancers when she is in the area as well as virtually

The Lads

Blaise Stanek discovered the world of Irish Dance when he met Susan in 1986.  Blaise was born and raised in Brooklyn NY to an second generation Irish Mother and a 6th generation Bohemian (Czeck) Father.  Blaise's Mother liked to say her only son denied his Irish heritage until Thanksgiving 1986 he brought a Dublin girl home!  It was a match made in heaven!  Blaise is the backbone of jigfeis.com.

Nick Stanek the first born and Susan's proclaimed  "#1 son", has natural talent and musicality but Irish dance was not for him (yet!).  Nick lives in California and is enjoying working with in the Tech Industry, he has had successful roles with Google and AWS. Ashling has long been convinced that Nick will find a passion in the Irish Dance world. Dancers are always excited to hear when Nick is back on the East Coast & look forward to him stopping by the studio with his "puppy", Rupert