Tiny dancer brings home big honors

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 5, 2019

 Reegan Coran, right, and her friend Mina Cuenca, both of Troy, celebrate their wins  at the World Irish Dance Association World Championships.

Reegan Coran, right, and her friend Mina Cuenca, both of Troy, celebrate their wins at the World Irish Dance Association World Championships.

Photo provided by Kerry Coran

 Reegan Coran holds her trophy after she placed third in the World Irish Dance Association World Championships in April in the Netherlands.

Reegan Coran holds her trophy after she placed third in the World Irish Dance Association World Championships in April in the Netherlands.

Photo provided by Kerry Coran

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TROY — Troy resident Reegan Coran is a two-time national champion.

Now 9, she has been dancing since she was 5 years old.

She has placed first in the World Irish Dance Association U.S. Open National Championships for the past two years.

Reegan also placed third in the World Irish Dance Association World Championships held in April in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Last year, she placed second in the WIDA World Championships in Maastricht, Netherlands, and third in 2017 in the WIDA World Championships in Killarney, Ireland.

C & G Newspapers caught up with the busy 9-year-old as she and her sister Ellie, 7, also an Irish dancer, were ditching a dance class to attend their school fun fair at Leonard Elementary School.

The girls attend the Shannon Irish Dance Academy in Rochester Hills, under the tutelage of Sophia Wyzgowski.

“Some of the steps are hard,” Ellie said. “It takes longer to work on them. The ones with spins are confusing.”

“If we get a step wrong, the dance teacher helps us and works with us so we understand and do it better,” Reegan said.

Their mother, Kerry Coran, said the girls know close to 50 dances.

Reegan said her friends think her dancing is cool. “Sometimes they come to see me.”

The girls don’t adhere to a strict practice schedule at home — but Reegan said that sometimes she skips around the house.

“They make up dances,” Kerry said. “There’s a lot of dancing daily. They dance; they don’t walk. Both my girls love it.”

Kerry said the girls can be busy with dance as many as six to seven days a week. She noted that there’s a lot of support from the other dance families, as well as from her husband, Tom Coran, and sons Bailey Montressor Coran, 19, and Roland Coran, 5, who do not dance.

“We have been blessed to travel and compete with our amazing dance family,” Kerry said.

They perform all over the state, including at Meadow Brook Theatre with Guy Louis: The World of Music Tour May 11. The school performs “The Irish Nutcracker” each year.

“I like competing, performing and going to places,” Reegan said. She said her favorite place to travel is Ireland.

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