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Dancing through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story

January 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Update 1/17/18: Tickets are currently SOLD OUT. Ticketholders please arrive early; unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes prior to the event start.

Join award-winning reporter and filmmaker Rick Quan at CHSA on Saturday, January 20th for a screening of his documentary Dancing through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story. 100 year old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. During the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s she teamed up with Paul Wing to become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country’s history. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah.

From the 1960’s to the mid 70’s, Dorothy managed and performed with her Oriental Playgirl Revue which traveled throughout the U.S, Canada, Europe and Japan. She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home where she taught hundreds of children how to dance. Dorothy still lives in Oakland, with her daughter.

Admission to this event is included in regular Museum Admission prices, which includes entry to the Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibition at CHSA.

Seating is limited—to reserve your seat you must register for this event. RSVP on eventbrite.com/e/dancing-through-life-the-dorothy-toy-story-tickets-41796509485.

Watch the film trailer here:


January 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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