Buddy Bradley (choreographer)

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Buddy Bradley
Clarence Bradley Epps

July 24, 1905
DiedJuly 17, 1972 (aged 66)
New York City, US
OccupationDancer and choreographer, dance school owner and teacher

Buddy Bradley (July 24, 1905 – July 17, 1972)[1] was an African-American dancer and choreographer of the 1930s and later.[2]


Born as Clarence Bradley Epps in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,[1] he began his career in the United States, although he was often not credited for his early work because he was black. He also worked with Billy Pierce, his fellow African-American choreographer.

He first went to England in 1933 and later settled there.[3][4] He worked on many Broadway and West End shows.[5] He was the first black dancer to choreograph an all-white show in London. He often worked with Andrée Howard, including 1935's "Let's Go Gay".[6]

Bradley also ran his own dance school.[2]

He returned to the US in the late 1960s. He died in New York City on July 17, 1972.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Buddy Bradley (I) (1905–1972)", IMDb.
  2. ^ a b c Swinging into the Blitz: A Culture Show Special, BBC, 16 February 2013.
  3. ^ Robinson, Danielle (2006). ""Oh, You Black Bottom!" Appropriation, Authenticity, and Opportunity in the Jazz Dance Teaching of 1920s New York". Dance Research Journal. 38 (1–2): 19–42. doi:10.1017/S0149767700007312. S2CID 193345640.
  4. ^ Hill, CV. 1992. "Buddy Bradley: The Tnvisible Man of Broadway Brings Jazz Tap to London." In Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference, Society of Dance History Scholars
  5. ^ "Black in the British Frame", by Stephanie Bourne, London: Continuum. ISBN 0826455395
  6. ^ Pritchard, Jane (1992). "The choreography of Andree Howard: Some further information". Dance Chronicle. 15: 77–87. doi:10.1080/01472529208569081.
CORRECTION Stephen Bourne, Black in the British Frame - The Black Experience in British Film and Television London: Continuum 2001 ISBN 0826455395

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