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I'm a Hustler - Hustle and Latin Party at Stepping Out Studios

by Janine Silver
December 10, 2008
Stepping Out Studios
37 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
646-742-9400
Lately, the word hustle is thrown into almost every rap lyric. Everyone seems to think they are a hustler. Last Wednesday night, Stepping Out Studios was filled with people claiming that they, were in fact hustlers too. However, their stylized arms, graceful spins and dramatic lifts and dips left little doubt that these dancers are the real hustlers.

The dance was believed to have originated in New York in the 1970s in Hispanic communities. It was derived from several other ballroom dances such as, swing, samba, merengue, and tango to name a few. There are several different types and variations of hustle which can be performed as a line dance or a partner dance. The New York Hustle is the most common form of the partner dance; it consists of a six-count basic. In the hustle, the follower is almost constantly spinning while her partner pulls her toward him and away, as if they were made of elastic. It is this rubber band effect which really characterizes the dance.

Everyone at Stepping Out is more than friendly. Beginners and advanced dancers happily mingle on the wooden floors under the fragmented lights bouncing off the disco ball. So don't be intimidated if you haven't put on your dancing shoes since the 1970s, or if you are completely new to the dance. Everyone there is happy to show you how it's done and teach you a new step or two.

The dance has changed since Travolta and many new people are flocking to it. "Why should girls have all the fun," responded Saiful Chowdhury, when asked why he started to dance hustle.

Unlike other crowded parties with small rooms, you actually have room to do what you came there to do, dance. The spacious studio with its large wooden dance floors is perfect to accommodate everyone. New as well as classic hustle beats played until the early morning. However, DJ Nelson "Paradise" Roman switches it up and spins Latin music at the party as well.

Huste and Latin Jam is presented by Simone Assboeck and runs every Wednesday from 9:30 till 12:45 at Stepping Out Studios. Admission is $5 for current students and $9 for the general public. Stepping Out Studios is located at 37 West 26th street. For more information visit www.Steppingoutstudios.com.

Everybody… Do the Hustle!
Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver


Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Hustle at Stepping Out Studios

Photo © & courtesy of Janine Silver

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