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Meet Rita O’Shea, Boston’s grand dame of Irish step dance

It didn’t seem to matte r which direction she turned in the cavernous Hynes Convention Center. Nearly everyone at the World Irish Dancing Championships, held in late March, knows Rita O’Shea.

A pair of college students rush up to give the 75-year-old with the blond bob a hug. Performers stepping off the stage, their hair arranged in perfect Shirley Temple curls, consult with her. Dance instructors from around the world come over to greet her.

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