like the Swing is truly an American dance, but a modern invention.
It first appeared on the dance scene in the late-1970,s and
maintained popularity until the late 1980's. Saturday Night
Fever, staring John Travolta kicked off the "touch" dance craze
that launched the dance program Dance Fever, the 1970's dance
version of the American Idol. During the "Disco" decade
many different Hustles were introduced on the streets and in the
dance studios. Dances like the New York Hustle, Manhattan
Hustle, Merengue Hustle, Tango Hustle, Latin Hustle and many more.
There were entire studio dance programs just featuring this one
dance. The Hustle single-handedly brought the romance and fun
of couples dancing back on the floor.
Hustle like the Jitterbug took on a very acrobatic appearance and
was a very popular dance at the clubs and on the comp floors. The
music ranges from a slow sultry Latin sounding beat all the way to
fast pulsing rhythms. The Hustle is one of the most versatile
of all of the American style dances. As we head into a new
millennium we still have two of the earlier Hustles surviving.
A Three Count and a Four Count version.