Earl “Snake Hips” Tucker


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 frequented Harlem music clubs and was a regular at the Savoy Ballroom. He built his reputation by exhibiting his unusual style of dance, which involved a great deal of hip motion.

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.”

One thought on “Earl “Snake Hips” Tucker

  1. SUPER DOPE! this is why more black children need to be educated on these videos..we are stripped of our culture and needed to be reminded of how talented we are. WE can do anything..and we are often copied! which is great! sometimes and sometimes not so great..but thats another story lol! love this continue to spread the love and educate!


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