Oct. 1996

Step by Step .... By Ava Apple

"Heaven, I'm in heaven... " is what you'll be singing if
you get a chance to dance with Angel Figueroa, Co-owner of
Stepping Out Dance Studio in New York. A fabulous dancer
and teacher, Angel and his partner Maria Torres, were in
the Bay Area recently to teach a series of workshops and to
compete at the Sapphire Ball where they came in first place
in the Rising Star Rhythm category. Besides teaching dance
he has worked for the IRS, The Social Security
Administration & even waited tables.

I had the pleasure of talking with Angel and found that we
have similar ideas about teaching. Here are some excerpts
from our interview.

Ava Apple: What is your nationality?
Angel Figueroa: I'm Puerto Rican, born and raised in
N.Y.C., in Spanish Harlem. My parents are originally from
Puerto Rico.
AA: How long have you been teaching at "Stepping Out"?
AF: Nine years.
AA: Did you teach dance before that?
AF: "No. My background in dance has been ballet, jazz, and
modern since I was 14. I've always done partner dancing. My
sister taught me all my latin dancing. She used to sneak me
into nightclubs - she and her girl friends knew the guys at
the door and they would let us in. She used to just throw
me at her girlfriends and say, "Here, teach him something."
There were no numbers or rhythms or whatever, you just knew
it. There were no names of steps or anything like that. I
went to State University in Binghampton, N.Y., where I took
up sociology and theatre with a dance emphasis. Then I got
a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance School and I went
there for about a year. After a while I pretty much gave up
on dance as a career - I used to go to auditions and either
I wasn't tall enough, black enough, white enough, or short
enough, and "West Side Story" only comes around every 12
years or so.
AA: How did you meet your wife Diane (co-owner of Stepping Out"?)
AF: I was waiting tables at the time. She had opened up her
studio in 1985 and periodically she had been telling me,
"You should really do this (teach partner dancing). It's a
lot of fun." At first I said no but then I started having
problems at work so I took her up on the offer.
AA: And now you're co-owner of the studio.
AF: I've been one of the owners for a year and a half now.
AA: You had previously told me you dance (salsa) quick,
quick, slow, but you break on the count of two.
AF: If you break on the one or the two it's still quick,
quick, slow. Usually if you break on the three you're doing
slow, quick, quick. Yes, I can dance on the one, yes, I can
dance on the two or the three. Sometimes a particular song,
for example, feels better dancing on the one instead of the
two or the three and vice versa.
AA: That's what I tell my students - listen to the music
and decide what count you want to break on. What do you say
when people ask "What's the difference between Salsa and Mambo?"
AF: Salsa is what you eat with chips and Mambo is what you
dance. Salsa is a terminology that was given to latin music
in the early 70's. Mambo is the dance, Salsa is the music.
I think a lot of people are trying to make it (Salsa) a
dance term, and it's not. One of the things that I preach
when I teach - is that "Salsa" doesn't mean anything - it's
not a dance, that's it.
AA: Some teachers teach all flash and no technique, so many
students have come to expect a new "Pattern" every week,
even when they should still be working on their basics.
AF: The thing that kills me are pattern freaks - not so
much how many (patterns) they do - but let's say if you're
dancing on the one, then I expect you to dance on the one
for the whole song. They get so caught up in the "pattern,
pattern, pattern" thing that when the pattern doesn't work
... they drift to the next beat. Now a lot of people
consider that to be okay and as far as I'm concerned that's
not okay. That means you do not know the pattern well
enough to stay on the beat. I don't see why there's a need
to do all the patterns you know within one song. Eventually
people are going to understand that without your basics you
just can't do it, it doesn't work. I don't care who you

Angel will be back in the bay Area in early December for a
workshop and privates stay tune for more information.


Two dates to remember, Saturday, Oct. 19th and Friday, Nov.
15th, Jack-N-Jill Hustle contests. (See future events)

We had a special guest appearance by Barry Douglas, who,
along with his dance partner, Joyce Stoughton, was the 1995
Classic Hustle Division Champion, plus five time Michigan
State Swing Champion, and they have performed in seven
countries. Their floor dance exhibitions include Latin,
Adazio Jazz and Street Hustle. Their combined 35 years of
dance training has led to regional and United States
Championships in Latin, Swing and Hustle. Barry was in the
Bay Area September 24th through the 30th teaching workshops
and private lessons, thanks to Ylva Wintzell. We look
forward to Barry and Joyce competing in the 1996 Hustle USA
Championships in New York City.

Well, my sources from back east, namely Nan Bohrar, Maria
Torres and David Sarul, tell me that the August 8, Lincoln
Center Hustle Event was a smashing success, with over 6000
people attending. The New York Hustle crowd came out in
force and treated the crowd to some great Hustle Dancing.
The Winners of the Hustle Dance contests were all from the
East coast and I've some how miss placed the names but no
matter, we're off to New York to attend The Hustle U.S.A.
Dance Championships and will probably see many of the
dancers compete plus many more. I promise to get all the
names of the winners in the next issue.

Until our return, keep dancing and prancing! And I'll' see
you on the dance floor.


Raul Ante

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  Oct. 11th, Nov. 8th, Dec. 13th
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,

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) November 15th, 1996, Hustle Jack-N-Jill contest!!
Hustle Exhibition with Raul Ante, Bobby Concepcion & ????
Come join us Friday Night, Nov. 16th for a Hot Jack-N-Jill
Hustle Contest! MUSIC MIX: (Hustle, Ballroom, Latin, Swing)

Starlite Ballroom (Rhythm  Street Ballroom), 1160 N. Fair
Oaks, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 PH# 408-745-7827, LESSON 8-9:15PM
Beg/Inter HUSTLE with Bill Carr, 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), 

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,

WEDNESDAYS, at Twelve oo Four Restaurant, 2300 Beverley
Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Lessons with Jessie Infante,
7:30-9:00pm (Hustle), Dancing 9-1am, MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE,
Cha Cha, Mambo, Tango)

THURSDAYS (Los Angeles)
Press Box (inside Westminster Lanes), 6471 Westminster
Blvd, Westminster, CA., For info concerning lessons call
Patricia Reeves @ 714-842-9646, LESSONS: 7-8pm Beg N.Y.
Style Hustle, 8-9pm Int N.Y. Style Hustle with Patricia and
Ceaser, $7.00 per class includes dance party, DANCING
9-1am, $5.00 for dance only, D.J. Ceaser (A.K.A Mr.
Hustle), MUSIC MIX : (HUSTLE, N.C. 2 Step, WC Swing)

EVERY 2ND SATURDAY at 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

WEDNESDAYS at Stepping Out Ballroom & Latin Dance 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)

FRIDAYS at Universal Dance Center, Rt. 130 & Haddon Ave.
near the Cooper River, Collinswood, N.J (609-869-0010)
Classes start 8:30, with Donna Boyle, practice party 9:30,
also every First Friday of the Month "Hustle Party" MUSIC
MIX: HUSTLE, Latin, Wcs. For more info on upcoming events
Call "DISCO AMERICA" @ 215-934-6644

TUESDAYS @ The Ascot, 1708 L St. N.W., Washington D.C.
(202-296-7640) Hot Hustle dancing from 9-12:30am $8.00
cover includes 2 cocktails and open food buffet. D.J.'s
Joyce & Annette. MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE, Latin, Swing)

SATURDAYS @ The Junction, 1330 E. Gude Dr. Rockville, M.D.
(301-217-5820), Group hustle lessons 7-8pm Int level $6.00,
8-9pm Beg level FREE! Dancing 9pm-1am. $5.00, D.J.'s Joyce
& Annette. MUSIC MIX: (HUSTLE, W.C. Swing)

WEDNESDAYS @ Empire Lounge, South West corner of 24th St. &
Camel Back, Phoenix, Az., 7-9pm MUSIC MIX: D.J.'s choice

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!

California Dance Club, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA. Call
408-297-9772, for info and schedule of group classes.
Classes $6.00 ea. Series classes $6.00 X # of classes, drop
in class $8.00. 

Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St @ DeHaro, S.F. Call
415-252-9000 for info. Thursdays, 9-10, Pre Int Hustle W/
Paul Overton @ Monte Cristo Club, Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24th

Moonlight Ballroom (Powerhouse Gym), 950 King Dr., Daly
City, CA, Wednesday, Thursday (Hustle), 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, Oct. 20th 8-9pm Beg/Int Hustle, Saturday, Oct. 26th
8-9pm Beg/Int Hustle plus Halloween Party. For more info
call 510-770-1178  regarding other 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. Wednesdays, Hustle group class
8:30-9:30pm with either Raul Ante, Bobby Concepcion or Ylva

Cowboy Country Club, 3550 Bernal Ave (Vintage Hill Shopping
Center), Pleasanton, CA. Beg/Int Hustle with Robert Royston
and Laureen Baldovi, Call 510-417-0881 for schedule or
510-417-1117 for more info on Hustle group classes. In
August a new series of Hustle classes begin.

Saturday Oct. 19, @ Moonlight Ballroom (Powerhouse Gym) 950
King Drive, Daly City, 1-4pm Int/Adv Hustle with Raul Ante,
$20.00 per person. Call Cruz Sumera @ 415-469-0610 or pager
415-923-8787 or Lisa Grefaldia @ 415-695-1368 for more

Saturdays Oct. 26th & Nov. 16th @ Club Xenon Ballroom, 2055
Gellert Blvd. suite 2, Daly City, 1-4pm Int/Adv Hustle with
Raul Ante & Bobby Concepcion, $20.00 per person. Call
415-754-1744 for more information.

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, Robert Royston 510-417-1117,
Ylva Wintzell 415-583-6507

Donna Boyle 215-934-6644 (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 602-413-1517
(Tempe, AZ), Randy Atlas 305-756-5027 (Miami, FL), Bill
Washabough 407-393-0741 (Boca Raton, FL), Joyce Szili,
301-949-6669, (Washington D.C. Metro Area)

DANCE SUPPLIES: (Dance Shoes, Dance Wear and Accessories)  
Ballroom Dance Supplies  (BDS), 372 Bird Ave (Off Hwy 280),
San Jose, CA 95126, Tel/Fax 408-293-1727  Bill Rowe,

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,

Specializing in "Evenin' Star" Dance Boots call Rosemary
McNally @ 510-769-1845

McKinney Custom Designs, P.O. Box 262, Fairview Village, PA
19406, Call 610-631-5369 or 215-934-6644 for brochures.
Ballroom Jewelry, featuring "Smooth Silhouettes" for,
Latin, Swing, Hustle, and Country.

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)

$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

$29.95 EACH PLUS $2.00 for shipping & handling. Four videos
available from Barry Douglas & Joyce Stoughton, 1995 Hustle
USA Classic Champions. Beginner 1, Intermediate 1, Advanced
1, Wraps and Turns. Visa, MC or Checks, order from:
Michigan Swing Dance, 6543 Meadowwood, Grand Blanc, MI
48439, call 1-810-694-7625 or E-mail: beverly @  also order from A.R.B.S.P., 1220 Mission
Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, call 1-888-272-7772 for

$34.95 Int/Adv Hustle, with Robert Royston & Laureen
Baldovi, order from, A.R.B.S.P., 1220 Mission Canyon, Santa
Barbara, CA 93105, or call 1-888-272-7772 for catalog.

Saturday October 19, 1996 @ California Dance Club, 938 The
Alameda, San Jose, CA. SWING MEETS HUSTLE Dance.
Jack-N-Jill Swing and Hustle Contests, 8-9pm Lessons
Beg/Int Hustle & Int. W.C. Swing, with Raul Ante, Bobby
Concepcion and Holly Leporte, Dancing 9-12am. with D.J.
Beth Bellamy. MUSIC MIX: (lots of Hustle, lots of SWING,

Regional Dance Classic 96, November 8, 9, & 10, 1996 at The
Holiday Inn Centre Plaza, 2233 Ventura St. Fresno, CA
93721, a $1000.00 purse in The "Open Hustle Division". Plus
a Just Dance Division in Country Two Step, West Coast
Swing, Hustle and Cha Cha for Novice, Intermediate and
Advanced Divisions. Jack-N-Jill contest in Country Two Step
& West Coast Swing, they will be giving away more than
$2000.00 in CASH to contestant winners in Novice,
Intermediate and Advance Divisions. For more info contact
Steve Zener @ 209-486-1556 or write to Steve Zener, P.O.
Box 4274, Fresno, CA 93744. Reservation can be made, call
Alexis M-F, 9-5pm, 209-268-1000, room rate: $76.00 (1-4

Friday, November 15th, 1996 Jack-N-Jill Hustle Contest! @
The Pavilion (Cubberley Community Center) 4000 Middlefield
Rd. Palo Alto, Lessons 8-9pm Dancing 9pm-12am. Hustle
Exhibition by Raul Ante, Bobby Concepcion and Audrianna

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! "TOP HAT CLUB", FOR INFO CALL
415-436-0433, $25.00 Admission, S.F. Press Club, 555 Post
suite 209, S.F.,CA 94117, (Include your name and phone
number) NEXT SHOW: 

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.

Back issues of Hustle news can be accessed on the Hustle
For Internet services contact Rahul Dhesi 408-293-8078

#220, John Dempsey, Mt. View, CA
#221, Bob Kaye, Van Nuys, CA 
#222, Ursula Ferrara, Redwood City, CA

Raul Ante, Ava Apple, Carolyn Jones, Les Robinson, MINISTER
OF INFORMATION: Michael Cohen, INTERNET: Rahul Dhesi,
Michael Cohen, GUEST SERVICES: Bobby Concepcion, EVENT
Stefanie Elkin, Dennis McAffee, Jay Larrick, Marc McGovern,

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.