Burlesque Hall of Fame
Grant Avenue Follies performed a series of dance performances in a cabaret style, mixed with Chinese music and elegant magical costumes.
Grant Avenue Follies
Date of production:
August 1, 2021
Grant Avenue Follies brings to life the legacy of San Francisco Chinatown’s golden nightclub era.
Originally comprised of four professional dancers from San Francisco Chinatown’s nightclub culture of the 1950s and ‘60s, they were following doctor’s orders to exercise for improved physical health. the Follies rediscovered the sheer joy and freedom of dance and reconnected with their roots! Dance classes led to recitals and eventually requests to entertain seniors at various San Francisco Bay Area daycare facilities.
The Follies enjoys a loyal following of seniors, many of whom frequented the Chinatown nightclubs of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s such as the Forbidden City, the Sky Room and Shanghai Low. However, Grant Avenue Follies has also seen its share of appreciation from “20-somethings” taking an interest in its unique roots in San Francisco Chinatown history.