Bessie Dudley
(March 16, 1904 - ?u.c.)

Bessie Dudley

Also known as

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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.

    Groups and Partners

  • Florence Mills
  • Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker

    Associated Dances

  • Eccentric dances
  • snake hips
  • the shake)
  • some partner dances

    Stage Shows

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  • Bundle of Blues (1933)
  • Symphony in Black: a Rhapsody of Negro Life (1935)


Dudley is described as an 'eccentric' dancer by a number of sources including: