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Young competitors kick up their heels at World Irish Dancing Championships

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Competitors warm up in the hallway at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Boston, Mass., March 24.

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Competitors make preparations in the hallway.

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Simone Loysen, 10, holds her breath as she has her hair done backstage.

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Dancers are silhouetted as they practice before competing.

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Angela Mohan, left, helps her student Lauren Murray, 13, stretch before competing.

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A competitor laces up her shoes in the hallway before competing.

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A girl competes at the World Irish Dancing Championships.