Sunday, August 28, 2005

Learn to Hustle!

Hustle is the perfect dance for dance-beat, nightclub music. It's easy to learn and can be danced everywhere: ballrooms, nightclubs, Latin clubs, parties, wedding receptions

History

It was actually France, not America, that was the birth place of disco. 'Discotheques' began evolving from the Tango clubs of the twenties, through the Jazz clubs of the forties, until in the 1950's the 'Peppermint Lounge', the world's first Disco club opened.

In 1968 disco was still an underground scene. Cuban dancers in Florida where dancing a form of swing to synthesized music and a more disco sound - it created a continuous beat that could be mixed from one song to another without stopping the music. Disco music had been invented.

By 1970, the two had been merged and couples started doing what was initially tagged 'Disco Swing'.

Then, in 1975, Van McCoy released his famous track and the dance became known as 'The Hustle'.

At first, The Hustle was a relatively simple dance in which a man led his partner in closed position, moving from side to side and occasionally including turns and drops.

There were loads of different Hustles - Basic Hustle, Latin Hustle (which had a slightly more aggressive style), Spanish Hustle and Tango Hustle (which was more elegant), Three-Count or Swing Hustle and by far the most famous New York Hustle.

The addition of free spins for both dancers, with tale spins, gave rise to The Hustle dazzle, which still retains its mesmerizing look in today's Hustle dance world.

In 1978 John Travolta starred in the movie "Saturday Night Fever", and the disco scene exploded, in June of the same year London sponsors held the first ever World Disco Dance Championships.

It wasn't only the couple based Hustle dances that lit up discos around the world - dancers also performed line dances. A string of disco moves, figures and poses that were performed side by side.

It is these line dances that included the now famous disco figures - like the bus-stop - the classic John Travolta pose that involves the hips and one arm being thrust in opposite directions. This move became so synonymous with the movie that it became known as the Night Fever line dance.

The Basic Step of the Hustle
The step timing is a series of alternating sets of two quick steps followed by two slow steps. The quick steps take ½ beat of music and the slow steps take a full beat of music. In this way, four steps are taken to three beats of music. The step timing may be counted 1,2,&3 or it may be counted &1,2,3. These two counting systems are equivalent and serious students of hustle should become comfortable with using both of these counting systems. The dance is the same, regardless of which counting system is used. The basic foot pattern is simple. It consists of alternating sets of two forward steps and then two backward steps. The dance is usually started on the second backward step. The steps are often called out:

* ball-change
* walk
* walk
* ball-change

The Character of Hustle
The Hustle is characterized by fast moving patterns with many turns. Fancy arm styling and big presentation lines are also characteristic of the dance. Like west coast swing, the hustle tends to spotlight the lady. In general the lady’s turning actions and movements are greater than those of the leader. Also, like west coast swing, the hustle is a smooth dance, without lilt. A mistake is to hop or bounce on the syncopated step. Instead, the dance should be smooth through all steps.

In the major competitions, arm styling, leg styling, big presentation lines, and showy figures are important keys to success. Successful competitors usually choose the figures that move about the floor.

Hustle Music
While Hustle may primarily be associated with the retro disco classics, it can also be danced to modern music, including rap and hip hop. From the Bee Gees and Donna Summer to Madonna and Will Smith, there is a lot of music out there appropriate for the hustle. For beginners, the best tempo range is 100 to 125 beats per minute.

Almost all beginners do four things wrong...



# They hop or bounce on the syncopated step, that is, on the quick, quick (if we think of the timing as quick, quick, slow, slow).
Lilt, hopping, and bouncing are not good things in this dance. Hustle is a smooth dance, like west coast swing. Watching a beginner dance hustle is a little like watching a beginner at jumping rope - they put way too much energy into what they are doing.

# They dance with a push-pull fashion where the arms go slack, followed by a pull.
Beginner hustle dancers often extend their arms until their arms are about to pop out of their shoulder sockets. This is not a good thing. Arms need to act like springs with gentle, controlled, and limited extension. Strength in leading is from precise timing and direction, not from force.

# Beginners dance with random foot placement and without thinking about who is going where.
Hustle can (and should) travel and many patterns are linear or slotted. In these patterns, the guy needs to lead the lady in the slot (or along the line of dance) while he gets to one side or the other. The dance should generally be danced in a slotted fashion (like west coast swing) or along a specific line or pattern as opposed to just "falling out" in an undetermined way.

# Beginners often struggle with timing, usually getting ahead of the beat.
We believe that everyone should count and count always, just not out loud (except when practicing).

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There is lot of information more,which will be added in part 2!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Movie in Focus:Saturday Night fever


"Travolta's ad-libbing about his hair alone is enough to merit remembering SNF as a classic."
-- Christopher Null, FILMCRITIC.COM

Saturday Night Fever was a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a New York discotheque. While in the disco Tony is the king, and the visits help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his associations with a dead-beat gang of friends.

The movie significantly helped to popularise disco music around the world, and made Travolta a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, was also hugely popular.

The film also showcased aspects of the music, the dancing and the subculture surrounding the disco era.

Genre: Dramas, Dance, Drama, Musical, Pop Music, Romance, Racy, Personal Triumph, Recommended, Nightlife, Theatrical Release, Essential Cinema

Trivia: In Tony (John Travolta)'s bedroom, we see a Rocky (1976) poster. The sequel to Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive (1983), is written and directed by the star of Rocky, Sylvester Stallone. (more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations (more)

Listen to songs and Buy The Original Sound Track Consisting of all time classics like-
1. Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
2. How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
3. Night Fever - Bee Gees
4. More Than A Woman - Bee Gees
5. If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
6. A Fifth Of Beethoven (Based On Beethoven's Fifth Symphony) - Walter Murphy
7. More Than A Woman - Tavares
8. Manhattan Skyline - David Shire
9. Calypso Breakdown - Ralph McDonald
10. Night On Disco Mountain (Based On 'Night On Bald Mountain') - David Shire
11. Open Sesame - Kool & The Gang
12. Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
13. You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
14. Boogie Shoes - K.C. And The Sunshine Band
15. Salsation - David Shire
16. K-Jee - M.F.S.B.
17. Disco Inferno - Trammps

Friday, August 26, 2005

Donna Summers- Heaven Knows

LYRICS - HEAVEN KNOWS

Baby please,
baby please don't take your love from me
I am yours forever more,
'till eternity
silently please, listen to the words I say well
I'm not talking just for play, listen to me please

Heaven knows
it's not the way it should be
heaven knows
it's not the way it could be
don't you know
there's no need to leave

Heaven knows
I never wanna leave you
heaven knows
I only wanna please you
don't you know
love is what I need

Down inside,
don't get caught with foolish pride
put all the other things aside,
there's only you and me
believe in us,
we were always meant to be
me for you and you for me,
'till eternity

Heaven knows
it's not the way it should be
heaven knows
it's not the way it could be
don't you know
there's no need to leave

Heaven knows
I never wanna leave you
heaven knows
I only wanna please you
don't you know
love is what I need

Heaven knows
it's not the way it should be
heaven knows
it's not the way it could be
don't you know
there's no need to leave

Heaven knows
it's not the way it should be
heaven knows
it's not the way it could be
don't you know
there's no need to leave

Listen to Song

Love to Love You baby - Donna summer

I love to love you baby... ahw...
When you're laying so close to me
There's no place I'd rather you be than with me, ee, uh!

I love to love you, baby... ahw...
Do it to me again and again
You put me in such a awful spin, in a spin, in uh !

I love to love you baby... ahw...
Lay your head down real close to me
Soothe my mind and set me free, set me free, ee, uh !

Uh, I love to love you baby... uh ahw...
Love to love you baby...

Uh !... uuhh !!... ahw !... aah !...
Love to love you baby baby...

Love to love you baby love to love...

Listen to song

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hot stuff - Donna Summer

LYRICS - HOT STUFF

Sittin' here, eatin' my heart out waitin'
waitin' for some lover to call
dialed about a thousand numbers lately
almost rang the phone off the wall

Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'
gotta have some hot stuff
gotta have some lovin' tonight
I need hot stuff
I want some hot stuff
I need hot stuff

Lookin' for a lover who needs another
don't want another night on my own
wanna share my love with a warm blooded lover
wanna bring a wild man back home

Gotta have some hot love baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'
gotta have some lovin'
got to have a love tonight
I need hot stuff
hot love
lookin' for hot love

Hot, hot, hot, hot stuff
hot, hot, hot
hot, hot, hot, hot stuff
hot, hot, hot

How's that hot stuff baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
gimme little hot stuff baby this evenin'
hot stuff baby got to I need your love tonight
I need hot stuff
lookin' for hot stuff
gotta have some hot stuff

Sittin' here eatin' my heart out no reason
won't spend another night on my own
I dialed about hundred numbers baby
I'm bound to find somebody home

Gotta have some hot stuff baby this evenin'
I need some hot stuff baby tonight
lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin'
I need your love baby
don't need your love tonight

Hot stuff
baby this evening
I need hot stuff baby tonight
yes, yes, I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'
I want some hot stuff baby tonight
yes, yes, yes now hot stuff baby
I need your hot stuff baby tonight
I want some hot stuff baby this evenin'
hot stuff baby
got to I need your love tonight

Listen to song