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Video: Jigs and Reels at Belfast's Waterfront Hall for the All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships launch

Irish dancers from around the world will once again descend on the Belfast Waterfront on October 31 to compete to become crowned the All Ireland Dancing Champion 2016.

The six day competition is organised by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) and is expected to attract 2,500 competitors and 7,000 spectators to the city.

Speaking at the launch of the event Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Belfast will once again host such a prestigious event. The skill and athleticism displayed by these dancers is fantastic and the Belfast Waterfront will provide a spectacular backdrop to the competition.

“The city continues to develop its reputation for hosting major international events and I look forward to welcoming dancers and spectators from across the globe to Belfast.”

Paige Lockhart from Taylor Scallon Irish Dance School said: “I’ve been dancing for almost eight years.”

The ten-year-old Irish dancer added: “I love dancing, if you ever want to quit you just shouldn’t because it is the best thing ever.”

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