Hustle originated in the 1970's disco era and was popularised by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. And although the white suits and gold chains have faded away, the dance has stayed!


History

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' beats keeps this dance fresh, exciting and full of energy for today.

Music

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 of each of the base beats makes the music hard to resist.

Disco is music for dancing, and people will always want to dance.
— Giorgio Moroder

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.