Earl “Snakehips” Tucker (1905 – 1937) became known as the “Human Boa Constrictor” after the dance he popularized in Harlem in the 1920s called the “snakehips (Dance)“.
Tucker’s extraordinary dance moves appear that he was as flexible as a snake, and eventually the dance became his calling card. He became popular enough to eventually perform at Connie’s Inn and the Cotton Club.
In 1935, Tucker reached the peak of his fame when he appeared in a short film called Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life. The film was based around a Duke Ellington composition, and included clips of Ellington composing, as well as Billie Holiday singing and Tucker doing the “snakehips.”