|The Hustle gives us the fusion of Swing and Disco.
Discotheques (Disco) with high
quality sound systems, and flashing lights became a popular form of entertainment
in Europe and America in the late 1960's and throughout the 70's. In the early
1970's a new dance craze became popular on the crowded dance floors of New York.
This "Touch Disco" was called the Hustle. The Hustle marked a return
to popular dances where couple danced touching each other. The popularity of modern
and "retro" music with "disco" beat keeps this dance fresh,
exciting and full of energy for today.
Disco Music is normally written
in 2/4 or 4/4 time with a strong bass beat. The melody and beat are based
on rhythm and blues and the accent on each of the bass beats makes the music hard
Turns, spins and wraps are
primary components of the Hustle. The more accomplished dancers will use syncopated timing and fakes along with elaborate arm styling.
- Hustle Basics--Concentrate on turns and position changes
- Open Breaks--Teach fingertip lead & follow, arm control
- Footwork--Work on weight changes in rotation
- Connections--Prepare for unity of movement & control of body
- Hustle Motion & Accents--Stress use of beats to steps, body to music
- Various Timings--Use straight & syncopated timing to adjust
to different music tempos
- Compare/Contrast--Swing, Lindy, Cha Cha, Merengue
Hustle songs and artists include:
- I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
- Last Dance - Donna Summer
- Believe - Cher
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