THE HUSTLE STILL MOVES

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THE HUSTLE STILL MOVES

By. Megan Curet

The Hustle, born out of the 1970’s disco and nightclub scene, is a native New York City social dance. This issue, TiLLT draws a special focus of all other styles and by all “other” we mean social forms and more. Naturally TiLLT’s must dance highlight this month is the upcoming social outlet for all dancers, Hustle Social at Brooklyn Studios for Dance. This monthly event comes equipped with weekly dance classes taught by host Alessandra Marconi.

The movement returns this Tuesday September 26th at 9pm with class starting at 8pm. We encourage our readers to attend a class and brush up on some foundation before hitting the dance floor until midnight. Past events have included members from the community and pioneer hustle dancers themselves. Bridging the worlds of then and now, Alessandra preserves a social dance form unique to NYC while building a connection between diverse groups of movers.

Showing up to a hustle is guaranteed to end full of sweat, and joy. The social engages all levels of dancers and even drop in’s ready to just take part in the funk and groove music by Rogue.

In a short sit down with Alessandra herself, I begged the question, why The Hustle? Like many artists in NYC Alessandra found herself a professional dancer with something missing, while needing an outlet in movement outside of the contemporary world of dance she quickly found herself immersed in the city’s street dance culture.

Often enough, social dance forms are quickly moved to the category of “other” or “world dances”, as if any form is deemed less technical or codified. Social dances offer a world of community, movement, and social creation that for many date back to tribal and native practices. Rituals and many religious ceremonies across Latin America and many African countries are rooted in what Western society sees as an “other” form. Still these other forms are surviving and morphing into movement and performance methods that are transcending beyond the nightclub dance floor.

Through the evolution of social dances we have come to see styles popularize in comparison to codified styles such as Ballet and many other classic Modern dances. As the evolution continues, TiLLT begs the greater question, what will happen to many of these original styles?

As artists such as Alessandra take it upon themselves to help preserve the cities native dance styles, we believe it is up to the rest of us to see to it that these form are properly tended. We plan to play our part this Tuesday, how about you? After all, if not for social dances, where would NYC’s dance community be?

Hustle at BkSD offers weekly classes on Tuesday evenings. The Hustle Social is hosted the last Tuesday of the month! Located in the Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

210 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Follow the groove on social media for more updates!

Instagram @hustlesocial or email hustle@bksd.org.