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Irandy's Story

Irandy Reyes

Irandy Reyes   |   OU '20

Making the Cut

The Beginning of a Journey

My childhood was a whirlwind. I was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Mexico until I was six, all before moving back to the U.S. My journey in dance started with Mexican Folklorico.

folklorico dancer


OU’s School of Dance is nation-leading in ballet and modern dance training, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy to get in; I actually didn’t make the cut after my first audition. But I persisted and am now proud to be training and dancing with some of the best in the world.

OU Dance performance

Connecting with My Roots

OU is one big family and there’s a place for everyone. I was able to find friends within my program, but it was my experience with Mr. & Miss Hispanic OU that showed me just how welcoming and diverse the OU Family is.

international students

Dancing Around the World

One of my favorite things I was able to do with OU was study dance abroad in Spain. It was a wonderful experience because I got to learn about their dancing culture, which is quite different and beautiful.