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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.
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by terence2
9/5/2008  4:11:00 AM
You are thinking purely in a MUSICAL sense .


The reason is this... many of the variations in merengue, can be readily transposed to 4 count, and even some latin hustle .

Most dances " borrow " from each other . The Rhythm dances are notorious for this... altho, some of the ballroom dances are equally adept at doing same .

The " purity " of virtually ALL dances , has long disappeared ( Locksteps in T/Arg )

V.W. and Sq. Rumba are possibly the only ones to have retained more of their intial concepts, by and large .( but...the Amer. style VW has been embellished beyond belief )
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Polished
9/5/2008  6:42:00 AM
Terence. I've only scratched the surface of this. We only have two legs and maybe four beats of music. There is a limit to what can be done with two legs and four beats. What I see in the Hustle are Jive steps without the Chasse. Am I right in saying that the Merangue came long before those other dances were even thought of.
I was told that in the Merengue the dragging of the foot was because ( i'm sure they said Hattie which was Spanish ) a century and a half ago a General who had been a bit of a dancer in his day had his leg severly injured. And out of respect for this old General they formed a dance which it appears has a injured right leg and is dragged into position.
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by terence2
9/5/2008  9:14:00 AM
You are correct.. IF its 3 count or street.
The 4 count is more benign and borrows heavily from Merg..

latin hustle is an adaption of WC Swing to some degree .

As to the origins of merg. it is from the Carrib,.. the Dominicans seem to lay a greater claim than do the Haitians. The " leg " story I think ,is apocryphal .
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Polished
9/5/2008  1:49:00 PM
Terence I wonder. Can you think of any other dance where the foot if, it is done in an authentic manner. Is dragged into position. There has to be a reason or a meaning don't you think.
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by jofjonesboro
9/5/2008  2:17:00 PM
That's easy. The Standard Waltz.

jj
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by Polished
9/5/2008  2:37:00 PM
On every second step. Ball Flat. A dance with long and short stiff legged steps. Their has to be a reason why this is so..
Re: Hustle Technique
Posted by terence2
9/5/2008  11:06:00 PM
Yes.. T/Arg, on numerous entries. And the Amer style basic

As to Hustle, there should not be any foot drag , skim ,maybe .

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