HUSTLE DANCE CLUB NEWS LETTER June, 1996 STEP by STEP By Ava Apple In March the University YWCA in Berkeley held it's annual student/teacher recital and Raul Ante, Bobby Concepcion and myself gave a hustle demonstration. It was very well received, especially by my salsa students, some of whom are starting to express interest in learning Hustle. After performing I spoke with Eric Concepcion about how he got started dancing. "I started doing Hustle in 1973 and at the time it was the most popular dance around." Eric was living in New Jersey at the time and going to a disco near Secaucus, N.J., called "Shadows". One couple would be dancing while the others would take turns cutting in, "You had about 30 seconds to show your best moves, and not only to show your best moves, but to protect them from being copied. That's why I couldn't learn at first ... the guys were so protective ... unless it's your friends. So I would go to "Roseland" in New York. It was a little larger and the people were a little friendlier." Before leaving for the service in '76 Eric taught his brother Bobby how to dance. In '77 Eric was hired as a DJ at "Big Valley Ranch Cattle CO." in Albuquerque, N.M. and started teaching there every Thursday. After that he went to the Philippines. "Everywhere I went the Hustle was there, but everybody kept doing your basic turns, back & forth, nobody wanted to experiment ... Back then it was the 'Rope' where you could stay together, both hands never leaving each other and still do about 20 turns." In the early 80's Eric and Bobby moved to the Bay Area and started going to "Tingles". Although it had a small dance floor, expensive drinks, and a formula set list- 5 fast songs, 1 medium, 1 slow, 1 medium then repeat- "Tingles" was the place that many of us in the Bay Area met, danced and learned the Hustle. Another dancer that I've known for many years is Tulsa. I met her at "Studio West", one of my favorite disco's. It was built in a big warehouse near the foot of Broadway St. in San Francisco, had two dance floors and was open until 4am seven nights a week. Tulsa has always loved to dance. She started dancing Hustle in the early '70s. When the movie, "Saturday Night Fever" came out she feels "That killed it for us. That's when all the 9 to 5 er's discovered disco and took over the floor". Tulsa learned mostly by watching and cites Debra Bailey, Snowy Winters and Ava Apple as dancers that she watched and emulated, when Debra and (her husband) Aaron got on the floor I got off the floor to watch them". She was partners for a while with Sonny Umpad and feels that she learned a lot from dancing with him. In the late 70's Tulsa came in first place at a dance contest in Oakland, CA and won a trip to Hawaii. In '84, with my professional partner of ten years, Andre Washington, Tulsa danced a student/teacher Hustle Routine at the International Grand Ball in San Francisco and the Imperial Star Ball in Las Vegas, earning a gold award at both events. On that same trip to Las Vegas, Andre and I went to an after hours disco after the ball was over and took first place in their contest. We were the only couple partner dancing (Hustle, lifts, drops), everyone else was break dancing. The other dancers were so good that Andre wouldn't let me through the crowd to watch them before we danced. The contest didn't start until 2:30am and when we went outside to practice it was hot and muggy. After the contest the other competitors came up to congratulate us and to say how much they enjoyed seeing "Partner" dancing. Personally, I am very pleased that the Hustle is again gaining in popularity since it was the first partner dance I learned and still one of my favorites. Many night club's are having 70's nights - lets try to go to some of these clubs to show them what we do and get some new "blood" dancing and learning Hustle. Remember, you're never too old to learn something new so keep dancing and keep learning! Until next time ... Here are some bits of information concerning the up coming Hustle USA dance championships. Rules and regulations For the Theater Arts Hustle Division, 50% floor dancing with 50% side by sides, lifts, drops, aerials and adagio. Classic Hustle Division, this routine should consist of 75% floor dancing, 25% side by sides and drops. All drops must have one foot on the floor. Open Cabaret Division, Hustle dancing not allowed in this division. We invite any other partner style dance form to compete in this division. NOTE: Contestants competing in any of the Hustle Divisions are also allowed to compete in the Open Cabaret with a partner of their choice performing another dance style. Just Dance Division, no choreography, no costumes, we pick the music you pick the partner. Jack-N-Jill Division, dancers pick their partner at random. Lots of fun and entertainment. Professionals and Amateurs are allowed to participate in this division. No costumes allowed. Note: the Jack-N-Jill division will require a $10.00 entry fee per person on the day of the event. Bookends Hustle Division, for any two males or two females who want to 'strut their stuff". No choreography, no costumes. We pick the music you pick the partner. Night Club Salsa Division, this routine should consist of 75% floor dancing, 25% side by sides, shines, and drops. All drops must have one foot on the floor. For all amateur divisions trophies awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. For professional divisions CASH and trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Both Amateur and Professional Hustle Divisions, Open Cabaret and Night Club Salsa routines, shall be no longer than (3) minutes, Just Dance Hustle, Bookends and Jack-N-Jill competitors will have one minute and 30 seconds to perform their best material. Competitors may not use any props in any division of Hustle USA Dance Championships with the exception of Open Cabaret. There is a minimum of three couples to hold a dance competition. All competitors must complete and sign an entry and waiver form by September 1, 1996. A couple shall consist of one male dancer and one female dancer with the exception of the Bookends Division. An amateur and a professional dancer are considered to be a professional couple. Absolutely no private filming, videos or photography will be allowed at any and all of the workshops, contest and floor dancing! It is understood that all contestants and attendees consent to release the use of their photos, biographies and names that may appear on television or in any videos for sale. The objectives of Hustle USA Dance Championships are to unite hustle dancers across the United States and around the world, helping the dance grow and be recognized as a national dance by providing workshops, dances and competitions to everyone. Maria Torres and Angel Figueroa will make their return to the Bay Area June 21st through July 3rd. Private lessons, coaching, choreography, workshops and maybe a show are on tap. So stay tuned as more information is available!! Thank you, to Debra Hampton and Dave Sarul for the Super Workshops held May 18th and 19th. And a special thank you, to all of you who attended and those of you who again helped in making all our workshops a great success, Robin Rebello, Stefanie Elkin, Dennis Mc Affee, Marc Mc Govern, Bobby Concepcion, Lloyd Guro, Carolyn Jones, and Les Robinson. Well, I think it's time to sign off, until the next news letter, keep dancing and prancing. Regards, Raul Ante President HUSTLE DANCING: TUESDAY Grand Palace Restaurant, 711 Town & Country Village, Sunnyvale, CA 408-733-7466, D.J. John Schlicht (Sir Dancealot), LESSONS 8-9PM W/Raul Ante & Bobby Concepcion, (Beg/Int/Adv Dancers), DANCING 9-12 $5.00 Cover Charge, MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE, Swing, Salsa, 2 Step) 2ND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St @ DeHaro, S.F., CA 415-252-9000, LESSONS 7:30-9PM (HUSTLE), $10.00 Lesson & Party, DANCING 9-12, $8.00 Party only, HDC MEMBERS $1.00 off Admission MUST SHOW CARD!!! MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE, Swing, Salsa) FRIDAYS: Pavilion (Cubberley Community Ctr), 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 415-856-9930, LESSONS 8:00-9PM (call for schedule of dances), DANCING: 9-12AM $5.00 Cover Charge, HOST: Robin Rebello, MUSIC MIX: (BALLROOM, Swing, Hustle, Latin) Friday, June 14th "Grand Opening" Phil Trau's "SWING THING" $7.00 admission. Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha and Hustle music American Legion Hall, 130 South Blvd. Way San Mateo, CA. Dancing 8-12 midnight FREE FOOD! for info Call Phil or Sandy at 510-462-7920 SATURDAYS: Starlite Ballroom (Rhythm Street Ballroom), 1160 N. Fair Oaks, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 PH# 408-745-7827, LESSON 8-9:15PM Beg/Inter HUSTLE, DANCING 9:15-12AM General Admission $7.00, HUSTLE CLUB MEMBERS $6.00 (SHOW CARD), (Discount only applies to Saturday night dance), MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE, Latin & Requests) The Funhouse, off highway 101 on the corner of 5th & Davis St., Santa Rosa, CA., Info hotline: 707-545-5483 or 1-800-964-5392, Dancing 8-11pm, $7.00 admission, Entertainment: World Class All Star Band "QUEST", MUSIC MIX: (WCS, Hustle, NC2 Step, Freestyle), 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH Imperial Dance Studio, 822 Cassia St., Redwood City, 415-585-6282, DANCING 6-10PM $7.00 Cover Charge, HOST: Michelle Kinkaid, MUSIC MIX: (WEST COAST SWING, 2 Step, Hustle) DANCING IN L.A.: SUNDAYS ( Every Sunday ) Press Box (inside Westminster Lanes), 6471 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA., Info call 714-893-5005, LESSONS 5-6PM Int N.Y. Style Hustle $5.00, (Includes Dance), DANCING 6-11PM $3.00 Dance Only, D.J. Ceaser (A.K.A Mr. Hustle), MUSIC MIX : (HUSTLE, 2 Step, WC Swing) DANCING IN SAN DIEGO: EVERY 2ND SATURDAY Starlight Dance Studio, 6506 El Cajon Blvd Suite "H", San Diego, CA., Info call 619-287-9036, MUSIC MIX: (WEST COAST SWING, Hustle), Friday Night Group Classes, Rising Stars Dance Club, Starlight Dance Studio, 6506 El Cajon Blvd Suite "H", San Diego, CA., Lessons 6-7pm Beginning Hustle, 7-8pm Int/Adv Hustle, $10.00 per class DANCING IN N.Y.: WEDNESDAYS Stepping Out Studio, 1780 Broadway @ 57th St., New York, 212-245-5200, LESSONS W/Maria Torres 9-9:30PM, DANCING 9:30 to 12:15, $5.00 Cover (except for special events), D.J.: Bobby Morales and Nelson Roman, MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE, Latin) Please Note: Dances that are listed first, under MUSIC MIX, are the Primary dance music being played. All other dances will be secondary. Dances listed third or fourth may not be played at all, so beware! GROUP CLASSES: Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St @ DeHaro, S.F. Call 415-252-9000 for info, WEDNESDAYS at The Monte Cristo Club, Beginning Hustle with Paul Overton 6:15-7:30PM, THURSDAYS at the Monte Cristo Club, Pre-intermediate Hustle with Paul Overton, 9:00-10:15PM, Moonlight Ballroom (Powerhouse Gym), 950 King Dr., Daly City, CA, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Group Classes, Saturday Workshops. For info regarding group classes and workshops call: Cruz Sumera @ 415-469-0610 pager 415-923-8787 or Lisa Grefaldia @ 415-695-1368, Hustle classes are all levels (beg/int/adv). Premier Ballroom, 4181 Cushing Parkway, Fremont, CA 94539, Sunday, June 23rd, 7-8pm w/ Roberta Sun, call 510-770-1178 for info regarding group classes, Group classes in HUSTLE are beg/int level Starlite Ballroom, 1160 N. Fair Oaks, Sunnyvale, CA call 408-745-7827 for info. Group classes are held Monday through Thursday evenings @ 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15pm in one hour sessions for 4 consecutive weeks. Please call for their schedules. We will list only Hustle Dance information when available. Club Xenon Ballroom, 2055 Gellert Blvd Suite #2 Daly City, CA 94015, Beg/Int/Adv Hustle and Latin Dances, Jam Session parties Fridays and Sundays, Workshops and Floor rent available for teachers. Call Mario @ 415-754-1744 for info WORKSHOPS: Saturday, June 29th, with Arthur Calandrelli at The Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St., S.F. 2pm-4pm for more info call 415-252-9000 Saturday, July 13th, with Arthur Calandrelli at The Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St. S.F., CA 2pm-4pm for more info call 415-252-9000 PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS: (Bay Area) AVA APPLE 415-681-8140, ARTHUR CALANDRELLI. 415-567-3421, MARGE GABBERT 415-334-9914, MICHELLE KINKAID 415-585-6282, ADELE POENISCH 408-293-0679, ROBIN REBELLO 415-856-9930, LES ROBINSON 408-381-5083, YLVA WINTZELL 415-583-6507 OUT OF TOWN? NEED A LESSON? DONNA BOYLE 215-482 0343 (Philadelphia), DEBRA HAMPTON 213-653-7088 (Los Angeles), DAVE SARUL 213-653-7088 (Los Angeles), CEASAR RICAURTE 714-837-0440 (Los Angeles), MICHAEL KIEHM 619-287-9036 (San Diego), MARI KIEHM 619-287-9036 (San Diego), MARIA TORRES 718-802-1999 (New York), KENNY GONZALES 718-518-0210 (New York), (Aerials only), ANGEL FIGUEROA 212-245-5200 (New York), BARRY DOUGLAS 810-457-3110 (Michigan), MAGGIE TENNESSEN 602-973-6134 (PHOENIX, AZ), ATLAS GRIFFITH 602-973-6134 (Tempe, AZ), RANDY ATLAS 305-756-5027 (Miami, FL), BILL WASHABAUGH 407-393-0741 (Boca Raton, FL). DANCE SUPPLIES: (Dance Shoes and Dance Wear) Ballroom Dance Supplies (BDS), 372 Bird Ave (Off Hwy 280), San Jose, CA 95126, Tel/Fax 408-293-1727 Bill Rowe, Internet: http://bdsweb.ballroom.com A Keen Dance Shoe Supplier, Metronome Ballroom, 1830-17th St @ DeHaro, S.F., CA 94103, 415-547-8483 pager 510-355-4443, Ann Keen Jodee Adair Design Emporium. Specializing in practice & social dancewear, P.O. Box 10440, Santa Ana, CA 92711, 1-800-70-JODEE Specializing in "Evenin' Star" Dance Boots call Rosemary McNally @ 510-769-1845 70'S DISCO D.J. (Mobile D.J. parties & weddings), PLUS Hustle Dance Music tapes. (1) tape for $20.00, (2) tapes for $30.00 (3) tapes $40.00. John Schlicht 408-249-3123 (Sir Dancealot), (Tapes are available at the Tuesday Night dance @ Grand Palace) HUSTLE DANCE VIDEO TAPES: $45.00 EACH, $120 FOR THE SET Tape#1: Beginning/Basic Hustle, Tape#2: Intermediate Hustle, Tape#3: Advanced Hustle. Instructors: Michael & Mari Kiehm, For info and to order call 619-287-9036 FUTURE EVENTS: Lincoln Center Hustle Event, Thursday August 8th, 1996, France Joli & Tavares will be performing along with many other goodies!!! Tickets can be purchased in advance, more info to follow. HUSTLE USA, HUSTLE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Oct. 12 & 13th, 1996, LOCATION: Inn On 57th Street, 440 W. 57th St., New York, N.Y., Room reservations call 212-581-8100, NEWLY REMODELED BALLROOM!!!! Single/double .. $135.00/day, Triple/quad .. $150/$165/day, When making reservations MUST MENTION, HUSTLE USA!! Call by August 1st, 1996, Other hotel reservations can be made at, The Wellington Hotel, 7th Ave @ 55th St (212) 247-3900, Single/double .. $135.00/day, Triple/quad .. $175.00/day, Also The Ameritania, Broadway & 54th St. 212-247-5000, 2 Day Tickets @ $60.00 (advance purchase), Single day Tickets @ door $45.00, Saturday afternoon only $20.00, Saturday evening only $25.00 For Tickets & info Call, 1-800-92-HUSTLE (1-800-924-8785), Make checks payable to : Hustle USA, 724-1/2 N. Croft Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069, NON-HUSTLE NOTE: Jeff Chandler and THE TOP HAT DANCERS, present a nostalgic look back to the 1930's night club scene. With dazzling floor shows that feature some of the Bay Area's top professional dancers. For a great evening of fun and entertainment and for those of you looking for a change of pace This IS The Place! Each Month has a different show! "TOP HAT CLUB", FOR INFO CALL 415-436-0433, $20.00 Advance, $25.00 @ Door, S.F. Press Club, 555 Post St., S.F., CA., RESERVATIONS: TOP HAT CLUB, 1388 Haight suite 209, S.F.,CA 94117, (Include your name and phone number) HUSTLE USA "T" SHIRTS ( black w/ white lettering ) @ $15.00 plus shipping. (Large & X-large sizes only), Write or call: Hustle USA @ 1-800-92-HUSTLE, 724-1/2 N. Croft Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069. 1995 HUSTLE USA DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEOS: TWO DAY EVENT @ $60.00 + shipping & handling, Call 1-800-92 HUSTLE (Dave Sarul or Debra Hampton), or write to: HUSTLE USA, 724-1/2 N. Croft Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069, or: Call Nan Bohrar, HUSTLE USA @ 212-532-9800 or 212-753-2354, or write to: Nan Bohrar, 360 E. 57th St., New York, N.Y. 10022, (Make checks payable to : Hustle USA) Coming Soon Hustle Dance Club "T" shirts and imported Hustle Dance Music Tapes!!! FOR MORE INFO CALL: Earl Ante @ 510-782-3440 Back issues of Hustle news can be accessed on the Hustle Dance WEB server: INTERNET ACCESS: http://www.rahul.net/dhesi/hustle/ For Internet services contact Rahul Dhesi 408-293-8078 HUSTLE DANCE CLUB WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS: #190, Barak Yedidia, San Carlos, CA #191, Brenda Snead, Troy, MI #192, Dorin Delnevo, New Hyde Park, N.Y. #193, Laurie Toyama, Campbell, CA #194, Janelle Aman, Santa Rosa, CA #195, Gail Barton, Redwood City, CA #196, Judy Dragon, Santa Rosa, CA #197, Velva Hampson, San Mateo, CA #198, Ron Nicholson, Santa Clara, CA #199, Sonny Stella, San Bruno, CA #200, Elia Wu, Palo Alto, CA #201, Eric concepcion, Hayward, CA PRESIDENT: Raul Ante V-PRESIDENT: Ginny Robinson SEC/TRES: Aldena Duval NEWS LETTER: Raul Ante, Carolyn Jones, Les Robinson MINISTER OF INFORMATION: Michael Cohen INTER-NET: Rahul Dhesi, Michael Cohen GUEST SERVICES: Bobby Concepcion EVENT COORDINATORS: Jay Larrick, Robin Rebello EVENT VOLUNTEERS: Stefanie Elkin, Dennis McAffee, Jay Larrick, Marc McGovern SOUND EQUIPMENT: Robin Rebello PHOTOGRAPHY: Jay Larrick For new memberships send check or money order to: HUSTLE DANCE CLUB, P.O. Box 945, Brisbane, CA 94005-0945, or call, 415-467-8830, MEMBERSHIP FEES: $15.00 PER YEAR, $20.00 PER COUPLE.