The 44th World Irish Dancing Championships is currently being held in London. More than 5,000 hopefuls are expected to battle it out during the eight-day event.

The "Olympics" of Irish dancing runs from 13 to 20 April. Getty Images' photographer Dan Kitwood captured the atmosphere during the first few days of competition.

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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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A competitor has her foot massaged by her father before performing
A competitor has her foot massaged by her father before performingDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images