AN IRISH DANCE Troupe from Beijing has taken part in an international dancing competition in Hong Kong for the first time.
The Rainbow Troupe, a group of eight dancers from the Chinese capital of Beijing, fell in the love with Irish dancing after seeing Riverdance live.
Up until last year they had been learning Irish dancing by watching Riverdance videotapes.
The dancers, who are all in their fifties and sixties, are slightly older than most competitive Irish dancers but they haven't let this slow them down.
On Saturday, May 28 they travelled together to Hong Kong to take part in their first competition at The 5th International Feis and Championships, hosted by the Hong Kong-based Echoes of Erin School of Irish Dance.
The South China Morning Post reports that the group are keen to compete in the Europe Championships, but first they are on the hunt for a new teacher as their current instructor, Dominika Cedro, a professional Irish dancer from Poland, leaves Beijing next month.