Downtown hosts national Scottish Highland dance championships


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Downtown is welcoming nearly 400 dancers this week who are part of a national dance competition.

The United States Inter-Regional, or USIR, Championships, which is a Scottish Highlands dance competition, is being held in Grand Rapids this Thursday through Sunday at the Amway Grand Plaza and DeVos Place.

The USIR Championships will host dancers and instructors from around the world and features three days of Scottish Highland dance competition and social events.

Scottish Highland dancing involves a combination of strength, agility, movement, music and costume.

It is not to be mistaken for Irish dancing. Highland dancing originates in Scotland and features dancers in full tartan kilts and live music played on bagpipes.

There are two styles of Highland dances: traditional Highland dances and graceful national dances.

The event is open to the public, and Grand Rapids residents receive a discounted ticket price at the door.

More information about USIR 2016 is online.

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