(March 16, 1904 - ?u.c.)
Also known as
Bessie Dudley is recognised by many dancers for her work with Florence Hill in the Duke Ellington short film Bundle of Blues (Dudley wears the white costume during the song 'Bugle Call Rag'), but she also worked with Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker as a partner dancer, appearing in Symphony in Black.
- Florence Mills
- Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker
Groups and Partners
- Eccentric dances
- snake hips
- the shake)
- some partner dances
- Bundle of Blues (1933)
- Symphony in Black: a Rhapsody of Negro Life (1935)
- Savoystyle.com identifies a couple dancing in Symphony in Black as Bessie Dudley and Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker, and in turn references Terry Monaghan (dance historian and editor of www.savoyballroom.com).
Dudley is described as an 'eccentric' dancer by a number of sources including:
- Stearns, Marshall and Jean, Jazz Dance: the Story of American Vernacular Dance, De Capo Press: New York, 1994.
- Malone, Jacqui, Steppin' on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance.