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All About "Partner Disco"
as well as the Hustle Line
Hustle is one of the "partner" disco dances that developed in
1970's, although some claim to have been teaching it in the late 1960's.
There are many kinds of hustle, but today, the one that most people seem
to be doing today is often called the 3-count hustle, or New York hustle.
The other forms of hustle seemed to have vanished. In a way is too bad
that this has happened. I know I can't restore the glory days of hustle,
but at least I can help document the various kinds of hustle that people
were doing in days of old -- in the previous century! I still enjoy doing
some of these older kinds of hustle today, partly because I enjoy variety,
but mainly because I'm a maverick and hate following the crowd.
New York Hustle. According to The
Official Guide to Disco Dance Steps. by Jack and Kathleen
Villari (Domus Books, 1978), New York Hustle was in 4 counts
and involved just steps and touches. The basic step was: step side, touch
together, step other side, step together. Typically this would be repeated
and would be called Section 1.
Section 2. After the basic hustle step, the leader would open
up and roll his part out to his right side. Then he would shift weight
to this left foot his left foot (1) and then (2) touch with his right,
while still in this opened-up position.
NOTE: In this drawing
the leader has not yet
transferred his weight
onto this left foot.for count 1.
On count 3, the leader would step with his right foot and lead his partner
to face him again. On step 4, he would do another touch with his left
foot while facing his partner. Four beats 5, 6, 7 8, the couple would
repeat the basic step.
Section 3. For section 3, the couple would do a double roll-out.
That is just repeat the roll-out immediately without going to a basic
step. (They called the roll-out an "open break.")
Section 4. This section called for an under arm turn to the right
followed by a basic step. After mastering these 32 beats, couples would
vary the dance by modifying Section 4. For example, the leader might turn
under his own arm to the left, or both partners might turn, the follower
to the right and the leader to the left.
The Continental Hustle was a 6 beat pattern.. To make this pattern the
dancers just added two walking steps to the end of the New York Hustle.
The leader would either walk straight forward, or backward.
In one version of the Conteinental Hustle, there were 6 sections.(I'll
expland on these in the next edition of this article.)
Other kinds of hustle included:
Latine Hustle Plus
Other "partner disco dances" in the 1970's and 80's included:
Swing (simply East Coast swing done to a disco beat)
Lover Swing (a few beginner level steps added on to "swing"
Double Strut, and
(I'll add more details on these hustle variations, later, as well as
describe some of my favorite current hustle steps.
Looking back at some of the old hustle documents, it's funny how the
people in those times thought that disco and hustle were the only kind
of dancing that existed. They wrote things like:"People used to dance
rumba and cha-cha."
Three Count Hustle. -- New York "Street Hustle."
The rhythm of 3 count hustle is & 1 2 3. (Some count it as 1 2 &
3.) This is rather strange, since the music has 4 beats per measure. This
means that count 1 of the dance measure keeps shifting in relation to
the beat within the musical measure. This can drive a musician who is
just learning to dance crazy, because he or she expects the dance steps
to have a degree of consistency with the musical meter. An easier, more
relaxed form of hustle has 4 counts and each count matches with the musical
count. Most people now dance 3-count hustle. It is really much more exciting
and more eneregetic than 4 count hustle. When teaching a lady to dance
hustle, who has never danced before I will usually start her off with
4 count hustle and she can immediately dance it and have fun. After
a while, if she gets the 4-count hustle really well, I'll switch to 3
count hustle and often she will be able to follow me. If not, I switch
back to the easier, more relaxing 4 count hustle.
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