Big Bea Gay
Also known as
A tall woman, Big Bea is best known for her comedic performances with Shorty George Snowden. In these routines she would carry the short George Snowden on her back, and he would leap to bring his hand over her head.
Photo (from the Freeman Institute collection: Madeline Lewis, Freddie Lewis, Big Bea, Leroy “Stretch” Jones, Little Bea, Shorty George Snowden
- 'Shorty' George Snowden
- Shorty Snowden and his Lindy Hoppers
Groups and Partners
- lindy hop
- Ask Uncle Sol (1937)
- 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.