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


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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