CBS San Francisco says despite her advanced age, the famed dancer from Oakland, CA just recently put away her dancing shoes.
Together with her partner Paul Wing, the pair was one of the top all Asian dance acts of their time.
“There were no Asians in show business. Yes, it was hard, but Paul and I did alright. We traveled all over and they liked us. They liked Paul,”
The Japanese American Dorothy managed to stay out of the incarceration camps during World War II because she took on a Chinese name. She changed her name so it would fit on the marquees, but her name served her well. Her real name was Takahashi.
You can learn more about Dorothy’s story and watch her dance on CBS San Francisco. Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also put together a website about her for a class project. There you can see more historical footage of her performances.