What makes this dance recognizable? What is typical, distinctive or characteristic?

Type of disco, but with a typical double pass: quick -quick - slow - slow.


There must be an angel - Eurytmics and Stevie Wonder
The Hustle - Van McCoy
Back to live - Soul Soul li

BPM: 90-110

The name could even origin from Dutch, where ‘husselen’ means ‘mingle, shake’ or from English: to push.

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The Hustle is a collective name for several disco dances that were popular in the seventies. Now it usually refers to a specific partner dance that resembles the swing and disco, but a slightly different counting. This allows also to dance still spicy to slower music.

The Hustle is based on older Latino dances such as the mambo. He comes from the Hispanic community in New York City and Florida in the seventies. It was originally a line dance with a salsa - like rhythm. Following a merger with the swing and shorten the count to "& 1 2 3 " became the current "New York" Hustle.

As line dance was "The Hustle" Van McCoy and the Soul City in 1975 popular.

As line and partner dance the Hustle featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Unlike the Disco we start here at half time with a kind of double pass (‘and 1’, 2-3...). This is also called the three count hustle.