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The Hustle

In the mid 1970's a dance phenomenon took the country by surprise! The dance went by many names: Spanish Hustle, Latin Hustle, New York Hustle and New York Street Hustle. In New York City the dancing enthusiasts ended up calling it simply The Hustle.

One anecdote for told the dance was invented by a group of young Puerto Ricans who went around the big apple to all sorts of dance events. Attending Mambo night spots, Salsa Clubs, Ballrooms and Studio Dance parties which inspired the creation of a spectacular new dance. Like most legends, this one contains a measure of positive truth, for Hustle, while essentially Latin, does incorporate elements of many dance forms, yet its genesis was no doubt due more to improvisational discovery than premeditation, and appeared in much of the country as an overnight sensation Soon people from all ethnic back grounds, Whites, Blacks, Hispanics and Asians were enjoying a new partner dance style in the form of the Hustle.

Its evolution was partly influenced by the changing fashions in music. "Disco", a varied blend of Black, Latin and European moods and rhythms, changed overtime from slow to medium to high energy fast tempos, culminating in the kind of energetic sound which gave rise to the phrase "Shut up and dance!"

At first, Hustle was a relatively simple dance in which the man led his partner in closed position, moving from side to side and included the dance element of spot pivot turns. Then open body positions appeared when the man began to lead his partner back and forth, side to side, while keeping himself more or less slot like motion, As time went by, turns were introduced and developed by forming into elaborate "rope" turns in which the follower circled around the partner.

Finally, however, came the time for the leader to do some travelling as well. In the next variation, both partners rotated around each other in a wide open circle and Street Hustle, as some call it, was born. The addition, at this point, of free spins for both male and female dancers, with tail spins gave the Hustle a dazzling look which still retains its mesmerizing look in todays Hustle Dance world. This brings us to the late 70's going into the 80's, when the rate of change accelerated sharply. It became hard to keep up with the new styles and some dancers began to drop out, leaving the field clear for the most ambitious dancers to set the standards.

From Ballet and International Latin Dance they adopted arm and body styling as well as leg and footwork, to Hustle. Couples also began to travel across the floor in dramatic open, closed and shadow positions. Elements of the Theatre Arts, Ballet, Jazz and even Gymnastics were blended into the Hustle. At the same time, the drama and romance of Adagio became more evident. As numerous as the various influences were, however, they never overwhelmed the Hustle, which always maintained its own unmistakable floor dance look!

It is ever so apparent in the 90's that the evolution of the Hustle Dance element has maintained the circular, slotted, travelling, diagonal, rotational, mirrors, image closed and open visual lead and follow floor dance look of the Hustle.

Like all social dances, Hustle has borrowed much from the dances that preceded it. In fact, a great deal of its appeal comes from its success in blending the influences of many dance forms.

The fluid movement of Hustle floor dancing that is created by good dancers is as exhilarating to watch as it is to execute.


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