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Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by jofjonesboro
7/3/2008  1:28:00 PM
When Merengue dancers begin trying to look like movie stars and drinking pina coladas by the bucket then I'll hate it too.

Besides, it's hard to take yourself too seriously the way disco people do when dancing the Merengue; it's just too silly.

jj
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by IndySpinner
7/3/2008  10:27:00 PM
Terence, I agree with you. jj is downright belligerent. I didn't take his first post as a humorous one either. Sorry jj, while I dance hustle for the plain fun that it is, I would never bash anyone for taking it more seriously. Fun dance, wonderfully fun retro music, always puts a smile on my face and the lady's. Just all around fun and sometimes goofy. And, wow, I find that so many ladies walk up to me and want to dance with me next. I hope jj isn't lurking in the clubs I dance at, I don't need the negative vibes! Do Hustle in your sleep if you master Mambo, Merengue, Salsa? Sounds like jj knows nothing about hustle. Being skilled at salsa helps. but the syncopated 3 count hustle is difficult for the salsa/mambo dancer adjust to. I dance salsa and mambo in the clubs 3 nights a week. No one has been able to do Hustle in their sleep yet.
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by jofjonesboro
7/4/2008  5:35:00 AM
Indy, I can guarantee that you'll never see me in one of the clubs which you "dance at."

jj

Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Anonymous
7/4/2008  7:29:00 PM
The International Hustle Dance Association has a syllbus and, I believe, DVIDA is working on a syllabus and manual. DVIDA has a number of technique DVDs (this website sells many of DVIDA's learning aides).
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Days&Nights
7/6/2008  8:22:00 AM
If you can't locate a "book" for the technique, you may be interested in the following offered DVD's by champion dancers. See the copied link in this text. Then go to "Nighclub".
There is Beginning-Interm./Interm. to Advanced/Hot Moves Vol. 1 and Hot Moves Vol. 2. http://www.starlightdance.com/store/
Good Luck.
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Someone
7/6/2008  4:16:00 PM
There are several types of hustle. There is the basic, syncopated, freestyle, and made up.
(for women)
Basic:back rock step with right,bring right foot forward, tap right, tap left, and start over.

Syncopated:is hard to explain without showing

Freestyle:is what that leader makes up

Made up:people in clubs who think they know what they are doing

As far as technique, I don't know of any books. However, I go to Arthur Murray and they teach hustle. I say if you want to do hustle, you go and do it. There are many street dancers, that think they know what they are doing but they don't. Just like that "Salsa dancer" on So you think you can dance. She was a street dancer that thought she was doing salsa. So I would take lessons. I think that that is your best bet. Don't let anyone discourage you because it's likely that they are just simply jealous of what you can do. Trust me I know that feeling.

Good Luck!
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by terence2
7/7/2008  1:05:00 AM
There are actually 3 recognised forms.. the original ..Latin (of which I was at the congress for its timing debate in the 70s )

" 3 " count, which is a bastardised format of triple time swing,,.. and.... the so called " 4 " count, based loosely on a merengue format .

All of these were, and are , still taught in many of the chain schools .
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Someone
7/7/2008  1:53:00 PM
There is not a one hustle based on merengue. The basic hustle is however based on the triple swing. So, you are partially right, I guess.
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by terence2
7/8/2008  12:26:00 AM
Since I started teaching and examining it in 1976, its empirical evidence .

ALL the chain schools in the states used the merengue as a format for what they term 4 count hustle.. you need to get YOUR facts right .

Also..the original was not based on triple swing, but on WEST coast swing .

The 3 count is based on E. Coast but that didnt come into vogue until several yrs after " Latin Hustle "was devised .
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Polished
9/5/2008  12:26:00 AM
How can Merengue and the Hustle be compared . They are as different as chalk and cheese.

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