Saturday, July 07, 2007

I think I should start this post off by first defining the word "Hustle" to all of my non-black American friends around the world that may not have a clue about what it is. The definition of Hustle is: A group dance involving two or more people who precisely execute predetermined dance moves in a synchronized manner. A hustle is the perfect time for the shy, less attractive, overweight, cross-eyed and musty people who sometimes don't get asked to dance at a party the chance to finally hit the dance floor and shake a tail feather. Since, individual dances have almost been non-existent over the last few years, ballroom dancing, slide and hustle dances have become very popular in the urban club scene. The dance moves vary from simple steps to the impossible to learn without a professional trainer type moves, but it's all fun nevertheless. With cadence, timing and rhythm being a major part of doing any hustle, it will definitely become apparent how good of a dancer you really are. Mister Twinkle Toes can become Ms. Two Left Shoes in a matter seconds once the hustle track comes through the speakers...

I would just say that me and the CLUB are not friends anymore! When we first started hanging out back in the day it was cool, but I realized that as I got older things were starting to change in our friendship. I was growing up, but the CLUB wasn't changing a bit. It was the same ole' thang every weekend. Hanging out until the wee hours of the morning, driving home half sleep and smelling like a dirty astray was becoming unfulfilling. Because of that the CLUB and I have parted ways indefinitely! It was a sad ending to a good friendship, but the reality is we grew apart. The last time the CLUB and I actually hung out, 'The Cha-Cha Slide' was the group dance of choice. When the deejay would put that record on it didn't matter what you were doing, or where you were in the building (the bar, leaning against the wall, the toilet) it was time to dance dammit! Even the roaches would be gettin' they're 'Cha-Cha Slide' on too! Nobody was exempt.

In 2007 though, The Cha-Cha Slide has been rightfully added to the Dance Hall of Fame category along with other great group dances of the past like 'The Electric Slide' and 'The Doin' Da Butt Dance' from year's past. Now, there's a new hustle dance sheriff in Motown, and its name is 'The Turbo Hustle' created by Detroit's own DJ Maestro. If you didn't know, there are a few urban cities around the country that are pretty serious about their hustle dance game. There are hustle groups and funded dance tournaments that go on around the country to support the hustle movement. It seems like every month there is a new hustle being created that is more challenging than its predecessors. Out of all the hustles that I have tried to master and failed miserably, 'The Turbo Hustle' is by far the most exhausting! It's like the bionic 'Cha-Cha Slide' on crack with a splash of 'Jazzercising Aerobics!' It's seems more like a workout than actually dancing. I got tired from just watching this dayum music video alone, so see what you can do with it! I suggest you take sip of Gatorade before watching this video though...

DJ Maestro - The Turbo Hustle

Now, that your hustle workout is complete, hopefully you have enough strength to checkout DJ Maestro's web site and album information??

D.J. Maestro's Web Site:

Album information:
D.J. Maestro Presents Steve Jackson's Ballroom, Hustle 101

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