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date: 14 December 2019


  • Claude Conyers


A generic term for a number of forms of disco dance (see Disco (ii)). Based on Latin dances such as the mambo and the merengue, the hustle originated as a line dance in the Latino communities of New York and Miami in the early 1970s. After some fusion with swing dance and changes in basic foot rhythm, the dance became known variously as Latin hustle, New York hustle, and Brooklyn hustle. Upon publication of the song “The Hustle” by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony in 1975, line dances set to it became an international disco craze. Similar line dances set to music by Archie Bell and the Drells, as well as other musicians, dominated the floors of discothèques in 1976–7. Subsequently, a freestyle version for partners supplanted line dances in popularity and was danced by couples in ballrooms and night clubs all over the globe. Both a line dance version and the partnered form for couples can be seen in the movie ...

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