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In Pictures: Irish dancers put best foot forward at world championships

The best Irish dancers from around the globe have gathered in Glasgow for the world championships.

The competition is running for a week until March 31 at the SEC with more than 2,500 dancers from 23 countries including Japan, Australia and Taiwan taking part.

World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)

Irish dancing performances include a range of routines such as jigs, reels and hornpipes which test the stamina, athleticism and musicality of those taking part.

Female and male dancers from the age of 10 to adults have been honing their skills for individual and group categories.

World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)
World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)
World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)

Backstage the dancers tried to calm their nerves before their thousands of hours of practice were put to the test.

World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)

Parents and teachers were on hand to put the final touches to costumes, shoes and in some cases wigs.

World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)
World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)

Hours of work also go into creating the highly decorated costumes featuring Gaelic design and eye-catching sparkles.

World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)
World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
(Jane Barlow/PA)
World Irish Dance Championships 2024 – Glasgow
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