The World Irish Dance Championships

As many as 4,500 dancers representing dance schools from 32 countries travelled to Scotland this month to take part in the 40th championships of the World Irish Dance Championships being staged in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.

As many as 4,500 dancers representing dance schools from 32 countries travelled to Scotland this month to take part in the 40th championships of the World Irish Dance Championships being staged in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.

These championships are more than just competitions. This event is about Irish Dancing, a unique, valuable and visible part of the rich Irish heritage.  (12 images, 3 pages) [WorldIrishDancing via SacBee]

Dancers compete in the World Irish Dance Championships on March 30, in Glasgow, Scotland. Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell

Dancers leap in the air during their routine at the World Irish Dance Championships at the Royal Concert Hall, in Glasgow, Scotland. Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell

Two dancers compete in the World Irish Dance Championships on March 30, in Glasgow, Scotland. As many as 4,500 dancers from 32 countries have travelled to Scotland to take part in the 40th championships being staged in the Royal Concert Hall. Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell

A dancer competes in the World Irish Dance Championships on March 30, in Glasgow, Scotland. Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell

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