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The Hustle Funktion: Social / J+J
April 18 @ 10:00 pm
Hustle SEA presents The Hustle Funktion.
We’ve got the FUNK and we’re getting down all weekend. Please join us to learn from our special guests:
Savage + Samuelle
Tboy + Anita
Whether you’re a longtime lover of hustle, street dance, or other styles of partner dance, this is a great opportunity to learn more about hustle, connection, and creativity. No partner required!
So bring on the glitter and get ready to dance the night away! Join us for a social dance as well as a Jack & Jill Competition.
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VIA Cash/Venmo at the door!
Social Only: $15
Social & J&J: $20
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2000 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
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early 1973, at a discotheque called “The Grand Ballroom” in New York started to see a new “touch dance”, without a name, was being danced by women. It was a simple 6-count step with a very basic form, including inside and outside single turns. This was the birth of what would later be called Hustle. The young men of the club took notice, and became interested in this new “touch dance” since it was a return to romance and quite simply, a way to meet women!
The dance began to gain popularity, and as more and more people began to participate, it began to evolve. In the Latin discotheques of that day, including “The Corso”, “Barney Goo Goo’s” and “The Ipanema”, disco music was used as a bridge between live band sets. In these clubs, touch dancing had always been present in the form of Mambo, Salsa, Cha Cha and Bolero. As a result of this fusion, the simple 6-count dance began to incorporate the “ball change” action of the Mambo. The count of the dance now became 1-2-3 & 4-5-6. The dance, although a touch dance, was now performed mostly side-by-side. It also began to incorporate a lot of the intricate turn patterns of the Mambo. The dance began to include multiple turns and hand changes with a ropey feel to the arm movements. Hence the danced was now referred to as the “Rope Hustle” or “Latin Hustle”.
Although the main hub and innovation center continued to be New York City, in the next few years (1974 and 1975) the dance gained even more popularity and began to spread across the United States. Dance contests began to pop up in every city as the phenomenon spread. At the same time, the gay community began to exert it’s influence on the dance. Many of it’s members who danced the Hustle were also involved in the professional performing arts community. They added long balletic arms and elasticity to the movement. At this time, the dance also began to move from a slotted pattern into a rotational one.
Throughout the late 1970’s, even though Hustle was still taught in many different forms (4-count Hustle, the old Latin Hustle or Rope Hustle) by dance studios, the most exciting form was done by the club dancers and competitors of New York City who performed the 3-count count Hustle ( &1-2-3.). The New York Hustle dancers from the 1970’s paved the way for the rest of the Hustle community across the United States. Throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s, as it continued to evolve, Hustle began to borrow from other dance styles. These included Smooth Ballroom, from which it took traveling movements and pivots, as well as other partner dance forms such as Swing, and the Latin rhythm dances. Even today the dance continues to evolve, yet it has never lost it’s basic count since the mid-1970’s of “&1-2-3”.
The Hustle is the last authentic American partner dance born and cultivated here in the United States.
For information on Hustle and The International Hustle Dance Association check outhttp://www.i-h-d-a.com/
Help us by being a safe dance partner. Be respectful and mindful of everyone’s physical ability and comfort-ability.
If you, at any point feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please see one of our organizers. We are very protective of our friends of every race, sexual orientation, religion, political view, and physical ability. Anyone who is not nice to our friends, has no place at our table!