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Fake tan, ringlets and rouge at the ready at the gravity-defying World Irish Dancing Championships

High kicks, fake tan and dazzling costumes have been wowing the crowds in Scotland for the 48th annual World Irish Dancing Championships. 

The competition was held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow over the weekend with almost 15,000 dancers and supporters expected.  

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Up until 2000, the event had been held in the Republic of Ireland every time since its inception in 1970, but this year’s championships is the third time they have been held in Glasgow. 

Dancers from all age groups the United States, Canada, Australia and, of course, Ireland took centre stage gunning for gold in both the World Championships and the All Ireland Championships.  

Two young competitors pull of jaw-dropping high kicks – the one on the left with her foot over her head and the other on the floor while the girl on the right displays her explosive power by launching herself skyward 

One dancer gracefully floats with a jeweled crown on her head while her co-competitors kick their legs and point their toes on stage

One dancer gracefully floats with a jeweled crown on her head while her co-competitors kick their legs and point their toes on stage

Competitors wearing huge wigs and elaborate dresses take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland

Competitors wearing huge wigs and elaborate dresses take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland

A competitor high kicks across the stage as she is flanked by two of her fellow dancers, one of which is gliding through the air while the other prepares to spring off the stage

A competitor high kicks across the stage as she is flanked by two of her fellow dancers, one of which is gliding through the air while the other prepares to spring off the stage

The World Irish Dancing Championships took place in Glasgow this week at the Royal Concert Hall, with more than 14,500 dancers and supporters expected to travel to the championships which has run for more than forty years

The World Irish Dancing Championships took place in Glasgow this week at the Royal Concert Hall, with more than 14,500 dancers and supporters expected to travel to the championships which has run for more than forty years

Competitors in the junior section rehearse back stage as they prepare to take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25

Competitors in the junior section rehearse back stage as they prepare to take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25

The competition was held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow over the weekend with almost 15,000 dancers and supporters expected

The competition was held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow over the weekend with almost 15,000 dancers and supporters expected

A girl makes her way across the stage in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, as she competes in the World Irish Dancing Championships

A girl makes her way across the stage in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, as she competes in the World Irish Dancing Championships

Competitors get into the swing of things and practice their high kicks backstage before heading into the main arena to compete

Competitors get into the swing of things and practice their high kicks backstage before heading into the main arena to compete

Three judges look on from in front of the stage at the World Irish Dancing World Championships as three dancers try to impress the them 

Three judges look on from in front of the stage at the World Irish Dancing World Championships as three dancers try to impress the them 

Dancers from all age groups the United States, Canada, Australia and, of course, Ireland took centre stage gunning for gold in both the World Championships and the All Ireland Championships 

Dancers from all age groups the United States, Canada, Australia and, of course, Ireland took centre stage gunning for gold in both the World Championships and the All Ireland Championships 

A dancer sips from a water bottle as the competition in Glasgow in Scotland heats up over the weekend

A dancer sips from a water bottle as the competition in Glasgow in Scotland heats up over the weekend

Competitors gather backstage as they prepare to take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland

Competitors gather backstage as they prepare to take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland

 



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