The Hustle originated in Hispanic communities in New York and Florida in the 1970’s and became an international dance craze in 1975 following Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony’s “Hustle”. The name ‘Hustle’ was originally a line dance of the of the same name, until the ‘couple dance’ later stole the name when the movie “Saturday Night Fever” hit the scene with a mixture of Latin and Swing, mixed to the new modern Disco beat.


This ‘disco beat’ was a continuous beat that would ‘thump-thump’ instead of ‘tick-tock, but not as accented(a continuous pulse to the beat rather than an alternating pulse) which would make it appear to the ear as if both beats were the same. This made it easy for the DJ’s to keep the music going by mixing one song right into another without stopping the music.