Thousands of Irish dancers have flocked to the the Waterfront Hall in Belfast to compete in The All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships – the longest running major competition in the Irish dance calendar.

Irish Dancing Championships
Irish Dancing Championships
Irish Dancing Championships 2016

Over the course of six days, competitors will dance for the judges with the hope of qualifying for the World Irish Dancing Finals, which will take place in Dublin in 2017. The event is expected to bring some 7,000 spectators to Northern Ireland's capital.

Irish Dancing Championships
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Getty Images photographer Charles McQuillan has documented the first few days of the competition, which is complete with extravagant wigs, long eyelashes and spectacular outfits. IBTimesUK presents some of his best photos from the event so far:

Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
Irish Dancing Championships
Irish Dancing Championships
Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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Irish Dancing Championships
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