Dancing Through Life:
The Dorothy Toy Story

directed by Rick Quan

Documentary Short | 2016 | USA | 26 min | English

101 year old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. She began as a child after a vaudeville theater manager noticed her dancing in front of her parent's restaurant. During the 1930's, 40's and 50's, she teamed up with Paul Wing and would eventually become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country's history. Known for dancing on her toes, she developed a unique, athletic style of performing. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. They were also the first Asian Americans to dance at the London Palladium. Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi, continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were all 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, South America and Asia. She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home, where she taught hundreds of children how to dance. This documentary looks back on her amazing life.

Before becoming a full time documentarian, I worked in local broadcast television news as a sports reporter/anchor for more than 30 years. During that time I won two local Emmys and was honored by the Associated Press, the Radio TV News Directors Association and many other organizations. My most recent project was an hour long documentary on the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

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