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Roland Dupree

September 20, 1925 ~ June 21, 2015 (age 89)
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Message from Gloria
October 15, 2015 9:09 AM

On a whim, I decided to google Roland's name to see where he was today and was shocked to learn of his passing. I worked for Roland as his Office Manager at his studio on 3rd from 74-78. He was an exceptional person with a brilliant business mind and his choreographic talents were untouchable. I do remember you Marine getting a scholarship and excelling under his watchful eye. It was a great place to learn your craft and would enjoy seeing students move on to appearing on TV and in the movies. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I can see Roland organizing classes where he is now. He never stopped moving. Gloria (Gallo) Spoden
Message from Linda Hoxit
July 9, 2015 3:23 PM

I studied with Roland when I moved to L.A. and danced professionally, really enjoyed his classes. But what I enjoyed even more was taking my students in Seattle to his dance conventions after I moved back to Seattle in 1983. He brought quality teachers and choreography to the entire United States, and GOOD jazz classes , so needed at that time in Seattle. Two of my female dancers won Dupree dance scholorships, and got to go to L.A. for summer classes free of charge, it made us all so happy. Dance with the angels , Roland, a peite man with a huge heart. Linda Hoxit
Message from BarBara Luna
July 2, 2015 9:32 PM

When moving from NYC to Los Angeles my big concern was finding a dance class,well, through the grapevine everyone I spoke to said ROLAND DUPREE of course! Roland and the Coronet theatre became my second home, being in his energy was so comforting, we became pals. Roland choreographed several Western TV shows that I had to dance on, he was not only quick to know exactly what the producers wanted but they loved having him around. Roland was a joy, I'm so glad that many of us had a chance to spend time with him two years ago at a luncheon given especially for him, most of us pupils that hadn't sen him for years, however, he was still that smiling giggly guy that we all loved. Roland, our happiness and sadness is with the people closest to your heart and you are in mine, you will never be forgotten. Much love and double turns! BarBara Luna
Message from Petrie Robie
January 24, 2016 8:09 PM

So sad to hear of Roland passing.
He taught for many years at my Mother's Coronet theatre Building in the big studio upstairs.
Roland took me to two Academy Award events and we had many mad cap times together.

Petrie Mason aka Petrie Robie
Message from Bob Paul
July 2, 2015 1:30 PM

Roland was my best buddy. Took class at the Coronet theater in LA. Had great visits with him in Pheonix and Albeguirgue.i'll miss him very much. Regards, Bob Paul
Message from Marilyn Burns
July 1, 2015 11:47 PM

I will never forget the first time I took class from Roland at the young age of 16 at a DMA convention in California. He taught a dance to "Tequila" and I can still remember some of the steps at the age of 63! Roland was an amazing, honest, humble, magical, amusing, caring and loving man. He loved the word "terrific"! I am so thankful for Roland, what an inspiration he has been to me and so many in the dance world. Thank God for blessing us all with such a wonderful person whom I think of and pray for every day. I know he is tapping with all the angels in heaven. I love you Roland and thank you for being a part of my life.
Message from Kendyl Shaffer
July 1, 2015 9:10 AM

"If at first you don't succeed TRY TRY AGAIN !!!" I think many dancers will always hear those words in their minds forever, famous words spoken so many times by this amazing man. Roland inspired me at a young age through dance conventions to pursue my dreams...and I did! I opened my own studio and over 20 years later I still think of him as a mentor, especially in the art of tap! Roland always had a smile and encouraging words for every dancer, teacher, or anyone. His energy was so contagious. "JAZZ HANDS...", didn't he coin that phrase?😊 I love you Roland and I know the angels in heaven are dancing with you. Rest in peace dear man.
Message from Shelly Cordova
June 29, 2015 9:14 PM

Roland,
You captured my heart and spirit to become the best dancer I could be. You are an inspiration that will never be forgotten . You left a legacy of having the best studio in LA along with the best faculty. To have studied with you was an honor and a true gift. You will always be in my heart and in my dance and 1st on my resume💜 Until we dance again. Heart to Heart
Love, Shelly Cordova
Ballet West
SLC, UT
Message from Karla and Klaudia Kobelt
June 28, 2015 3:58 PM

Roland was a dear friend, a mentor, a man who deeply touched our lives and the lives of so many others. He was a positive, generous, and humble man who never boasted or bragged about his remarkable career. So many dance teachers, ourselves included, owe so much to Roland. He shared his experiences with us, encouraged us, and was instrumental in guiding us down the path that led to the development of San Ramon Valley Dance Academy. We will truly miss him but know his legacy will live for generations to come.
Message from Maryjane Schram
June 28, 2015 1:28 PM

Thank you Roland for your gift of encouragement and style…You helped me become an accomplished dancer and I spent many years performing…never forgetting how you inspired me to dance with passion..
Maryjane Cunningham
Message from Kari Anderson
June 27, 2015 4:32 PM

I have so many amazing memories of Roland. I trained with him as a young girl at Dupree conventions, and I attended Roland's Dupree Dance Academy during the summers as a teenager. He gave me my first dance scholarship, and inspired me to pursue my passion as a dancer. He was so talented, yet so humble and gracious to all those around him. He would always take the time to engage with his surrounding fans at conventions, including myself! He had a magnetic personality that paired perfectly with his astounding amount of talent. I love Roland so much, and I am so honored and grateful to have the privilege of keeping his name and amazing company alive.
Message from Lee Vikre
June 26, 2015 10:18 PM

As a parent, I will always be grateful to Roland for inspiring my young daughter at a perfect time for her. We both learned some awesome dance skills, but even more about life. He was one of the greats.
Message from Ali Michel
June 26, 2015 4:22 PM

Roland meant so much to me as a young dancer. He pushed me to be a better dancer. He believed in me and helped me believe in myself. He was such an inspiration to me and everyone who knew him. He will forever be missed. Thank you for everything.
Message from Marine Jahan
June 26, 2015 3:58 PM

Roland believed in me when I first arrived from France. I was shy, didn't speak english very well, and so he made a point of introducing me to everyone at the begining of class, asking people to come and talk to me, making me feel welcome. He believed in me when he gave me a scholarship to study at his academy. In those 2 years, I learned a lot from many wonderful teachers. I made a lot of friends, this place became my home away from home, 6 days a week. I would ride my bicycle every morning to spend my days dancing and learning. The Dupree Dance Academy, that's where it all started. I owe Roland my life as a dancer, for without him, I wouldn't have been able to stay in the US. Thank you Roland for giving to so many the opportunities to believe in themselves, in their dream and to live their passion. Forever grateful. Marine Jahan
Message from Olivia Casino
June 28, 2015 5:57 PM

Although Roland's spirit-mind knew well the beautiful, the accomplished, the actualized....his heart retained it's kind and gentle, often exuberant visions which gave benefit to all who could profit from and were blessed by his insights. He was truly so much the Peter Pan...forever young, forever our delight!
Message from Paula Broussard
June 28, 2015 12:04 PM

I too have many many fond memories of Roland's studio and the many years I spent there. I was in many classes with you, Marine, and made several life long friends there. I especially enjoyed the rare times when Roland himself would step in to teach and he was a true inspiration to dance for. I'm glad he continued to touch the lives of both dancers and non-dancers for many decades even after the studio was gone. May he rest in peace.
Message from Eileen
June 26, 2015 8:52 PM

Marine, your beautiful words brought back so many wonderful memories. Roland's studio was a special place, full of special people with the same passion. Thank you, Roland, for bringing us all together and for sharing your unique talents. Rest in peace. Eileen Molloy
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A candle was lit by Frida Adams on June 26, 2015 1:44 PM
Mr. D a great and corageous man. I am going to miss you. Frida Adams love you for ever Mr. D.
Message from Bob and Barb Guignard
June 25, 2015 6:52 PM

We have lost a good friend and he will be truly missed. Although we hadn't seen him lately, we always had fun phone calls. He was looking forward to his 90th birthday party.
Bob and Barb Guignard
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June 25, 2015 3:34 PM

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Message from Eddie Garcia
July 3, 2015 9:12 AM

I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for sharing the love of dance with me. You are and will always be dear to my heart. Eddie G
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