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History of the HustleHustle dancing was born in the 1970s during the boom of the Disco era in the United States. TheHustle went through many evolutions and variations during the 1970s. Originally, the Hustle wasknown as a line dance with the same name and was danced with groups of people. The word“Hustle” also referred to the dancing of the latest solo movements that dancers would use out onthe dance floor. Throughout the early 1970s, freestyle solo dancing was popular and seen all overthe well-attended discotheques of the time. One history suggests that a group of young adultsstarted developing partner dances for the Disco rhythms in the Bronx neighborhoods of NewYork City out of these popular solo dance moves. The youth would hold a variety of dancecontests and would gather to dance together and share new information about the dance. As morepeople started to participate in this dance, it began to evolve, and a new partner dance was born.Eventually “The Hustle” became the name that coined this social partner dance. Some argue thatthe couple’s dance stole the name “The Hustle” from the already existing line dance. When themovie “Saturday Night Fever” hit the scene in 1977 with a mixture of Latin and Swing dancingdone to the new modern disco beat, no one knew what to call this upbeat dance. The dance wentthrough many names such as “Disco Swing,” “Rope Hustle,” “Sling Hustle,” “Latin Hustle,”“Street Hustle,” and others. These sub names were used to describe the different flavors andemphasis of the dance being done until the catchall name of “The Hustle” was adopted.
Prior to the release of the film, “Saturday Night Fever,” the Hustle had many Latin influencesand many called it the Spanish Hustle. Early pioneers on the Spanish Hustle forefront includeddancers from the Latin Symbolics Dance Company, which was founded in the South Bronx in1972. In the early days of the Hustle, dancers from this company including Floyd Chisolm,Dante, Jose Dominicano, Willie Estrada, Wille Rivera, Gladys Rodrguez, Eddie Ramundi,Debbie Benitez, Denise Florentino Sara Silva and Maggie Solis became known as the best of thebest. It was at the Latin Symbolics Studio where part of “Saturday Night Fever” took place andwas filmed. Actor John Travolta played the part of an Italian dancer from the queens named TonyManero who was not actually a dancer, but a popular kid from the neighborhood. In the movie,Tony Manero learns how to do the original Spanish Hustle from the Latin Symbolics DanceTeam in preparation for his Las Vegas dance showcase. This movie became an integral part ofthe Hustle’s history as the popularity of the film put the Hustle on a nationwide map and madeDisco dancing super hip, even for men.Hustle Dance TodayToday the Hustle continues to be danced and is found in social dance circles, ballroom studios,competitions, and other dance events. Hustle dancers still dance to classic Disco beats and also tomore contemporary pop music. In the late seventies, punk rock emerged and there was a wave of

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