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Exhibition steps back in time to tell story of Irish dance

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Irish dancing champion Pat Henderson admires some of the costumes at the exhbition, including her own

Irish dancing champion Pat Henderson admires some of the costumes at the exhbition, including her own

Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Irish dancing champion Pat Henderson admires some of the costumes at the exhbition, including her own

A stunning Irish dance costume worn by champion hoofer Pat Henderson nearly 60 years ago forms part of a fascinating new exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

A Step In Time: The Story Of Irish Dance, opening today, explores the development of Irish dance and its growth in popularity in recent years.

All-Ireland and Ulster champion Pat's costume from 1955 and an audio account of her encounters with Bing Crosby will feature, as well as her appearance on the Ed O'Sullivan Show in the US.

Curator of textiles Valerie Wilson said: "The exhibition charts the fascinating history of Irish dance from the 1800s, telling its full story through people and collections such as pieces from the celebrated teacher of Irish dance and choreographer Patricia Mulholland, through to a bespoke costume by acclaimed designer Gavin Doherty."

It will run until January 2016.

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