Tuesday 26 September 2017

Curly wigs and high kicks as 20,000 watch best in Irish dance

In Mark Condren's picture are: (front row from left) Ciara Dickson, Katie McClafferty, Jennifer Marley; (back row from left) Sinead Malone, Maria Byrnes, Brenna Coll and Kathleen McAleer, members of the Caroline Greene U19 Ceili Team at Citywest Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
In Mark Condren's picture are: (front row from left) Ciara Dickson, Katie McClafferty, Jennifer Marley; (back row from left) Sinead Malone, Maria Byrnes, Brenna Coll and Kathleen McAleer, members of the Caroline Greene U19 Ceili Team at Citywest Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Edel O'Connell

A SEA of curly wigs, glamorous performers and high kicks filled the air at the penultimate day of the World Dancing Championships yesterday.

The glamorous event, which started in 1970, is back in Dublin this year after 15 years abroad. At least 20,000 people have already poured into the Citywest Convention Centre to watch the 5,000 competitors.

Yesterday, the glorious sunshine created a festival atmosphere as girls clad in traditional costumes, curly wigs and stage make-up nervously practised before taking to the stage.

Dancers as young as eight from across Europe, Asia, America, South Africa and Australia participated in the event.

'Lord Of The Dance' choreographer Marie Duffy received a special honorary presentation for her contribution in the presence of dancer Michael Flatley.

Spokesman for the event Sean O'Shea said: "The dedica- tion of the competitors is absolutely phenomenal and the standard is extremely high."

Irish Independent

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