Do The Hustle

Learn the latest dance craze with New York Hustle Inc.!

Want to do the Hustle? If you were lucky enough to live in New York or LA during the 70's, you might have had the opportunity to learn from a professional instructor and even visit a real discotheque. For the rest of the country, however, vinyl was the answer. Records like this (and there were dozens of them) brought the Hustle to dime stores and supermarkets everywhere.

I love this two-disc record from "New York Hustle Incorporated" because it's got everything you need: generic disco music, rambling dance instructions delivered by a pair of guys with almost comic New York accents, and plenty of photographs of happy couples in ridiculous 70's garb demonstrating the steps.

Can you really learn a dance from a record like this? I tried it a number of times, and could never get more than two or three minutes into the first track without everyone cracking up. Still, I can just see a teenager in Des Moines studying this record religiously in an attempt to become the next John Travolta. It probably worked, too.

Do The Hustle
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Your Comments:

TomBk says:
Dance Fever Studios in Brooklyn is still teaching The Hustle, and they just opened a new studio on 20th Street just off 4th Avenue a couple of months ago, to go along with their other studio on Avenue J. (03-30-2012)

Rob says:
The Hustle done by a few hundred prisoners: (09-12-2010)

rustycat says:
I seem to remember a TV commercial that went with this record. Hilarious, especially the little animated gif. Brings back some good memories of childhood, though. (02-04-2010)

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NYer says:
Believe it or not there are still places advertising "Hustle/Disco" lessons, like this place in, where else, Brooklyn, NY: (12-09-2007)

tommy a says:
I owned a building in Queens that had one of those Hustle places as a tenant. Mike is not too far from the truth. The dance studio owner was a groper until he put his big smelly hands between my teenage niece's shapely young legs. I evicted him on the spot, but only after making him wash his hands. My niece was never the same after that and is now a Hillary Clinton supporter in Boston. (11-27-2007)

mike says:
During The Hustle craze of 1975-76 all these little "Learn The Hustle" dance studios opened up in Brooklyn. They closed just as quick. Usually run by a creepy guy who was just looking for an easy way to feel up young girls. (11-24-2007)

CHARLES ( says:
Hy i want to know hoy dance the hustle, the steps one, becouse aim getting married and i wanna realn to dance the hustle, please... if my english its that bad im sorry ... (09-08-2007)

Erica ( says:
Like most of you I am also wanting to learn how to do the Hustle. I am looking for a video to buy that I can watch over and over to learn it properly. If anyone can help that would be great!! (08-28-2007)

KP ( says:
I need to teach a class of fifth graders how to do the hustle in just a few weeks. HELP! Does anyone have a very, very simple set of steps that will be easy for an old teacher to pass on to a group of pre-adolesents without looking too insane?! Thank you. (04-17-2007)

boo ( says:
i think that this is a really great way to learn to dance and it is really fun (03-17-2007)

squeetum ( says:
I also am like many of you in need of step-by-step instructions on how to do the hustle, and would highly welcome beginner, intermediate and advanced steps for the dance. I am going to be instructing various levels of dance classes and it's been a while since I've danced the hustle on a serious side, so I need a bit of help brushing up on the moves!! So to anyone that can be of assistance, but thanks goes out to whomever you may be!!! (01-15-2007)

Erik ( says:
Id really like yo learn how to do the Hustle but my family is deranged so please send me some info. thanx (11-05-2006)

Magic-Bus ( says:
Hey, If anyone knows how to do the hustle or comes across steps for doing the hustle, could you be please email them to me, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Adam. (11-01-2006)

Nick ( says:
I also need to teach the Hustle and would appreciate some step-by-step instructions. Thank you! (09-26-2006)

keepin it real always (keepin it real @ says:
some of you people are some weird mutherfuckers! I thought this site was about the dance, not about your perverted fucked up lives!!!!! (09-19-2006)

Christian ( says:
I meet Van McCoy in Venice 1975 and I have his autograph !!! Who wants to have a copy - please, contact me. (09-19-2006)

Jakeb Holden ( says:
back as a kid i remember doin the hustle with friends in the line dance forum but that was a long time ago and i was wondering if someone could help me out and e-mail me the steps to it. Thanks (09-17-2006)

Dawn ( says:
I am having a 70's party for my daughter and I need help remembering how to do the Hussle. Please help ASAP (09-13-2006)

Nataly says:
the hustle is so cool.
I <3 it. (08-16-2006)

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