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Pan-stick, perms and pirouettes … what happened when the Irish Dance Olympics hit Scotland

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AS the first three under-21s in the World Irish Dancing Championships take up their starting positions a hush falls in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall auditorium. Even from far back in the stalls their almost fluorescent, bejewelled dresses are unnervingly dazzling, their legs are stained a colour that could only come from a bottle and their curly wigs in unnatural colours of white blonde, glossy black, and bright auburn – often topped with a tiara – bounce as they cross the stage.

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