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Rose and Dubby, Disneyland Swing Dance couple, join Walt

Dubby and Rose Dublino

I am very saddened by the news that Dubby and Rose Dublino both died recently. But I am comforted by the thought that they are dancing together at the great Disneyland in the sky where Walt is no doubt watching and applauding. Vincent “Dubby” (or Dubbie) Dublino passed away May 5th and I just learned that Rose died on May 27th. Their marriage lasted for 69 years.

Who were Rose and Dubby? They were the old couple you saw cutting a rug on the Carnation Gardens Dance floor and thought “Man those two can dance.” Some called them Disneyland’s “Dirty Dancers” as many of their moves were of the jitterburg variety. But they were a class act on and off the dance floor.

For more than 40 years the couple drove in from Temecula nearly every Saturday night to claim their spot on the dance floor. Rose handmade their dance outfits, which always matched, and Dubby was always there with a joke.

In their younger days Rose and Dubby entered dance competitions and often won with their Jitterbug style moves. They were totally devoted to each other and it showed on the dance floor. Watch for just a few minutes and you could not help but catch their enthusiasm for dance. In fact, many generations of “Swing Kids” got to know Rose and Dubby and many learned a great deal of the Jitterbug dance.

The saddest part of not living in Southern California is that I no longer get the chance to see all my friends from the park anymore. If I wandered over to Carnation Gardens on a Saturday night Rose and Dubby were always there to say hi and share a fun story or two. The Saturday night swing dance crew celebrated birthdays and graduations and more together just like any family.

Now that family has lost a beloved pair of members. For them, and all of Rose and Dubby’s friends and family, you are in my thoughts and hopes.