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What is the Hustle?

The hustle peaked in popularity in the mid to late 1970s, particularly following the release of the film, Saturday Night Fever. It can be danced with a partner or in a line formation, and a number of variations of each style exist, from the New York Hustle to the California Hustle, i.e., the “Bus Stop.”

History of the Hustle

Unlike many other ballroom dances, the origins of the Hustle aren’t buried in the distant past. Many hustle fans can still remember when the dance first swept the country in the mid to late 1970s following the release of the blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever.

As with so many other dance crazes, the hustle began in the dance clubs and party scene of New York City. Dancers in the local Latino community created the dance, infusing the salsa with some swing, mambo, and even tango. The popularity of dance competitions, which attracted many of the city’s best dancers, introduced the hustle to the mainstream, and dancers throughout the country began to introduce variations of the original steps. Line and partner versions of the hustle were developed, with Saturday Night Fever depicting several types of each. Disco fever hit its peak in the middle years of the decade, and the hustle became the dance that defined pop culture for the post-sixties generation.

Once the hype that surrounded the film died down in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the hustle lost some of its luster as people began to rediscover other Latin dances. It has since regained some of its appeal, however, particularly with the popularity of the TV series, That ’70s Show, and the trend among many stylish hosts to hold ’70s-themed parties and events.

How to Dance the Hustle/Basic Steps

If you can walk, you can do the basic California Hustle. Line dancing fans will already be familiar with this popular step. It only looks difficult but only because it has so many steps, but it’s very easy. So put on some of your favorite disco records and have a go:

  1. Start with your feet in closed position.
  2. Step back with your right foot.
  3. Follow with a step back with your left foot.
  4. Step back again with your right foot.
  5. Close your left foot to your right foot.
  6. Step forward with your left foot.
  7. Step forward with your right foot.
  8. Step forward with your left foot.
  9. Close your right foot with your left foot.
  10. Step to the left with your left foot.
  11. Step to the left, crossing behind your left foot, with your right foot.
  12. Step to the left with your left foot.
  13. Close your right foot to your left foot.
  14. Step to the right with your right foot.
  15. Step to the right, crossing behind your right foot, with your left foot.
  16. Step to the right with your right foot.
  17. Close your left foot with your right foot.

Great Hustle Songs

  • “Stayin’ Alive” – the Bee Gees
  • “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John
  • “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Rod Stewart
  • “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
  • “Celebration” – Kool and the Gang
  • “Shake Your Booty” – K.C. and the Sunshine Band

The Hustle in the Movies

  • “Saturday Night Fever” (1978)
  • “Disco Fever” (1978)
  • “Stayin’ Alive” (1983)
  • “The Last Days of Disco” (1998)

Learn to Dance the Hustle

Arthur Murray, a Goodyear-based dance school, is part of the internationally renowned Arthur Murray Dance Studios system. The Goodyear franchise teaches hundreds of students each year with lessons in the hustle, rumba, salsa, ballroom, swing dance, cha-cha, and others. To schedule your complimentary first dance lesson, fill out our on-site contact form here.

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Hustle pair dance - what is it?

Where did the hustle dance come from? What are its main features? How to learn to dance hustle? Read about it in the article.

If you try to give a complete definition in one sentence, then hustle is a popular modern couples social improvisational disco dance . Ufff... Now let's try to understand in more detail.

- Popular...? And I didn't hear anything.

So you are stuck in yesterday! Today couple dances, and the hustle dance in particular, are becoming more and more popular. Thousands of people dance hustle in Moscow alone. Hustle discos are held every day (list of popular Moscow hustle discos). The number of studios where hustle is taught is in the dozens. The regions do not lag behind: in most large cities, the hustle pair dance is also danced.

- Hmm... modern? I saw a hustle in an old John Travolta movie.

In fact, the hustle dance originated in America in the 70s and 80s in the Disco era. But from the moment of its appearance to the present day, the dance continues to develop actively, spreading all over the world. Hustle came to us in Russia by the end of the 80s, but it gained great popularity only in the last few years. It is interesting that in Russia the hustle is developing in its own way. If the American version of the hustle still retains the authenticity of the disco era, then in Russia it keeps up with the times: in discos, mostly modern music sounds (R'n'B, europop, disco-house ... but DJs do not forget about classic hits), and the dance itself constantly borrows interesting movements from other modern trends (modern jazz, club dances, salsa and others). In general, in Russia, the hustle does not stand still, but moves forward all the time. This is not surprising, since the majority of hustle dancers are energetic young people from 18 to 35 years old and adult dancers who appreciate outdoor activities.

- Double…? And what's good about that?

If the main meaning of any solo dance is self-expression and an outburst of energy, pair dances are, first of all, a form of communication between a man and a woman. For centuries, dance has been an essential element of courtship - and for good reason. Indeed, in dance, as in life, a man must be able to confidently lead his partner, ensuring safety and comfort, but at the same time sufficient freedom for her self-expression. The partner, in turn, must sensitively follow the lead of the partner, decorating the dance. Pair dance teaches, first of all, mutual understanding.

- Yes, doubles are great. Too bad I don't have a partner.

Hustle is a social couple dance. In other words, it is a dance created for communication. Starting to engage in hustle, you are sure to find many new acquaintances and friends who are close to you in spirit. And it is not at all necessary to come to classes and discos with your partner or partner. Even in hustle competitions there is a special nomination, "jack-n-jill", which involves the exchange of partners after each round. If you decide to look for a permanent partner to attend classes, discos or competitive performances, then we advise you to read our tips for finding a dance partner / partner.

- How is it improvised?

Initially, hustle does not involve the performance of long previously memorized sequences and patterns. Of course, you can’t do without them in a demonstration or competitive performance, but it’s much more interesting to dance at a disco, following the music.

- So you can only dance hustle at special discos?

Hustle discos are great: a large number of people who share a common love of dancing, good music and a comfortable dance floor. But, unlike smoking, you can dance not only in “specially designated places”, but wherever you want it and where the music sounds: in a cafe, at a party, in an outdoor park, or even at home. Hustle does not require much space and is unpretentious to music.

- And how long does it take to learn hustle?

The hustle dance is relatively easy to learn. In order to master the basics of technique, learn the basic dance figures and feel free enough on the dance floor, on average, 2-4 months are enough. As a rule, hustle is taught in courses lasting 2-2.5 months (“beginners”, “advanced”, etc. ). By the way, the schedule of our hustle training groups can be viewed here.

- Hustle discos are not enough for me. I want to perform!

You are lucky because you are not alone! Hustle competitions, where you can demonstrate your skills and compete with other dancers, are held regularly, approximately every 2 weeks. By the way, the calendar of upcoming hustle tournaments can be viewed here.

In conclusion, I would like to say that hustle is perhaps the best way for an adult to take the first step into the exciting world of dance.

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Hustle - an opportunity to dance without entering the system of ballroom dancing and world tournaments. But for those who want to win, both cups and championships are held, and with a completely indomitable desire for the stars, you can go to world competitions.

The main goal of the hustle is a beautiful cultural leisure. We can say that the Hustle's credo is not to be above everyone, but together with others. This does not mean the absence of work and technology in the classroom, but it radically changes the direction of efforts. That is why a hustle teacher can be a person who, first of all, has a certain charisma and is inclined to work with people.

The first feature of the dance is the main step, i.e. a "basic" move that is extremely simplified in a hustle. The rhythm is even, there are four counts. Execution - left-right-left-right for partners and right-left-right-left for partners. The obvious analogy with habitual walking is very important: the hustle "grows" out of our everyday experience. And one of the magical transformations carried out by the hustle lies precisely in how a walk together becomes a dance. Here, thus, the simplicity of mastering the dance is revealed (which for the hustle is an absolute advantage and a trump card in defending one's place under the dancing sun), and the natural transition "from life to dance". Hustle is dance as a way of life. Surely, learning to dance, people imperceptibly become more beautiful and more contact in the so-called "ordinary" life.

Another positive consequence of the simplicity of the main movement is that the hustle can be adapted quite easily to almost any style of music. Of course, under the bandoneon, it is the Argentine tango that looks most organic, and swing music is inextricably linked with Lindy Hop. But the hustle allows (both in the sense of allowing and in the sense of finding a way) to start dancing, it allows and teaches free, “personal” movement to the music, helps to make the transition “from the wall to the parquet”. This is his first major mission.

The second "school" of hustle is artistry. There is an extremely strong mindset in the party to impress: you will be forgiven for almost any violation of technique if you attract and hold the attention of the public (or at least your partner).

The third feature is improvisation. We can say that this word denotes the very soul of the hustle, its vital energy, its attractive force. "Improvisation" is a key component, his desire for the freedom and happiness of consonant self-expression. Hustle dancing is not planned in advance. Yes, it does not always become a choreographic event, but it always strives to be spontaneous, relevant, alive. The same valuable feature can be seen in salsa, boogie, Argentine tango. In general, the hallmark of social dance can be called just the unconditional priority of the immediate contact between two people and music over all other rules and all other aspirations.

Hustle was born to disco music. But it was always danced by people who loved both the good old and the new today. Now, to the rhythms of the 70s-80s, hustle is danced by those to whom this music is especially dear, and those who are just starting their dancing life, since an even rhythm gives more chances to get used to their first dance steps without getting tangled in arms and legs.

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