Hustle

Hustle

The Hustle is a name for several disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970’s. The Hustle is a fast paced dance with lots of turns! You might get dizzy, but you’ll definitely have an amazing time doing the Hustle.

The record “Do the Hustle” was followed by the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” The movie portrayal of partner dancing by John Travolta to the popular beat of top selling music from the Bee Gees and the introduction to America of the Discotheque took the country by storm. Flashing lights, mirrors everywhere, loud throbbing beat, and high fashion were in. Large numbers of popular Discos sprang up in every city and everyone was waiting in line to dance. Arthur Murray Dance Studios have been offering Hustle dance lessons in Etobicoke ever since.

History

The Hustle gives us the fusion of Swing and Disco. Hustle originated in the 1970′s Disco Era and was popularized by John Travolta in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” Both the music and the dance swept the country like wildfire and although the white suits and gold chains have faded away the dance has stayed. It is still one of the most popular nightclub dances today.

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 couples 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.

Characteristics

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.

Music

At Arthur Murray Etobicoke, we use Disco music for our Hustle dance lessons. 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 to resist.

Hustle songs and artists include:

  • I Will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor
  • Last Dance, by Donna Summer
  • Believe, by Cher

If you’re looking for Hustle dance lessons or Etobicoke ballroom lessons, you may also find Swing dance lessonsFoxtrot dance lessons, and Jive dance lessons interesting. We offer a number of ballroom dance classes in our Etobicoke and other studios.

Sign up for Hustle Dance Lessons in Etobicoke!

Our Hustle dance lessons in Etobicoke will have you tearing up the dance floor, just like you were back in the 1970’s. Contact us at Arthur Murray Etobicoke to learn more about Hustle dance lessons today or if you’re interested in other Etobicoke ballroom dances, check out our list of ballroom dances.

 

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