Dancing Doll DyShea Upshaw dies only weeks after troupe member Shakira Gatlin shot dead, coach Dianna Williams reveals | The Sun

A DANCER from the renowned studio Dollhouse Dance Factory has died only weeks after a second troupe member was shot dead, the coach has revealed.

DyShea Upshaw's death was announced on Monday by Dollhouse Dance Factory owner and coach Dianna Williams, who said she's at a "loss for words".

"One of my Dolls is gone. I do NOT understand and no I AM NOT ok!! Jesus Lord!!!!," Williams wrote.

"She was fearless and would always try to elevate herself and everyone else in the dollhouse… She was always encouraging her sisters and motivating everyone!

"She always was someone I could count on to have LOUD HAIR 🤣🙏🏾. She was my 'DAH SHEEKEE!' …….. why…. I am at a loss for words… just why….

"I'm going to miss your laughter!! Im going to miss your smile!! Please keep her family, friends and the ENTIRE Dancing Dolls organization in prayer.… we are NOT ok!"

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A cause of death was not revealed.

The Dollhouse Dance Factory posted a touching tribute to DyShea on their Instagram page, calling her the "life of the party".

"Dyshea LOVEDDDD to dance…. We have to keep going bc it’s what she would’ve wanted. She would always say, 'WE GOT THIS YALL!'

"She was not a quitter, she didn’t back down from anything, she was outspoken, she was the life of the party and just overall loved…… our dance family is just so hurt right now," the dance club shared.

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"Dance was in her just as it in is all of us… Fly high momma baby…. Rest Peacefully…. We will hold it down while you lift us up.

"We love you Dyshea!! #TEOEDDFL #DD4L #dancingdolls #atl."

The Dancing Dolls is one of the top dance troupes in the US.

The elite dance studio promotes "high self-esteem, determination, persistence, high academic achievement, community involvement and the importance of health in young women through the art of dance," according to their website.

The group headlined the reality TV series, Bring It, which aired on Lifetime for five seasons from 2014 to 2019.


Dyshea's death comes months after former troupe member Shakira Gatlin was shot dead in February.

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Shakira, 19, was fatally struck by gunfire at a home on Barnes Street.

According to police, the teen was shot in the head after an underaged male "mishandled a gun".

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