Fred “ Roski” Durano
“Life holds no other secrets which can surprise me and I don’t keep any secrets from Life, “This is ME”
Freddie “Roski” Durano
Former principal dancer of the world famed “Original” Bayanihan Dance Company of the Philippines. Roski has travelled six continents with the Bayanihan, promoting the Philippine Dance Arts and Songs in the international cultural scenes.
Few will dare dispute with Roski’s contributions to the exciting world of dancing. His stunt with the Bayanihan, the famous Director & Choreographer “Lucrecia Urtula” no less as mentor provided Roski with a training so rigid and discipline that served him well, even long after his association with the dance company. Life after Bayanihan has since been replete with challenges, but on his own, Roski knew that he can move mountains.
He moved to Hawaii in 1966 and found fulfillment in pursuits to his heart. He opened a dance studio and formed the Kaisahan Dance Company. He also taught, Philippine Folk Dance course at the University of Hawaii at the East & West side center. H
He auditioned for the Broadway musical produced by “Herb Rogers” production of New York:
A. He got the featured role of Chino, the brother of Maria (played by famous singer “Anna Maria Alberghetti” in West Side Story)
B. He acted and danced in the “Flower Drum Songs” which starts were Don Ho and the original cast on Broadway with Ed Kenney & Miyoshi Umeki.
C. He also danced the featured role of the evil “King Simone of Legree” in Uncle Tom’s cabin with the “King & I”. The star was the famous singer Ann Blyth, who played the part of Anna.
When he moved to Chicago in 1983, better things have yet to come. He was hired as a Choreographer & Entertainer by the internationally acclaimed “The Baton Shoe Lounge”, Chicago’s Top showplace for impersonators.
Soon the community was buzzed with excitement, about this marvel of a talent from Jolo, Sulu. The irresistible call of Roski did not escape the attention of enterprising Filipino American long in search of an entertainer only Roski can epitomized. In Chicago, Roski was awarded in the Hall of Fame for “Dance Art” by Veronica Leighton, who is the producer and ownerof Via Times Newspaper, the television program “Called Philippine News of the Hall of Fame”. She also has awarded Ryan Cayabyab in music and also Fides Cuyugan in her operatic style of singing.
Tessie A. Villas