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Saturday 26 July 2014

It's wigs and reels as dancing joins 21st Century

Breda Heffernan

Published 27/03/2013|04:00

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Liath McCreesh (12) at the World Irish Dancing Championship in Dublin
26/03/2013. Pictured are the Kirwan Academy from Carlow getting in some last minute practice before they compete in the World Irish Dancing Championships at Citywest conference centre. Photo: El Keegan
The Kirwan Academy from Carlow getting in some last minute practice before they compete in the World Irish Dancing Championships at Citywest conference centre.
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World Irish Dancing

WIGLETS, Swarovski crystals and spray-on tans. Ceilis never looked like this for our grandparents' generation.

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They may have got a bad press from some quarters but the wigs of corkscrew ringlets – dubbed wiglets by some – were popular among the contestants at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin yesterday.

Springing and bouncing in time with the dancers' steps, these wigs are considered par for the course for busy dance mums. Who has the time and patience to achieve the perfect spiral ringlets? Who even remembers how any more?

"They're just part of this time, they're the 21st Century. But they have lasted longer than we thought they would," said Carol Carberry, chairperson of An Comhdail which runs the championships.

"They look nice on everyone, not everyone has quality hair. And it's hard for parents who are not familiar with putting in ringlets or curlers," she said, adding it was all about "building up" confidence.

However, she said all that matters is how the contestants dance – Swarovski-embellished dresses and wigs are incidental.

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