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Tips and Notes:
Hustle is danced on &123. Lady keeps time, man should adjust his
lead to her timing.
Danced in a slot. Lady travels up and down the slot, man goes side
to side across slot when he is not facing lady.
- Abbreviations for footwork: L2C is link to close, LTB is left
turning basic, RTB is right turning basic, TO is throwout, XBL is
cross body lead.
Lady faces down slot, man is at right angle to her, facing across
Man's RH is on lady's left shoulder blade, her left arm is across
the top of his back, so her hand rests below the back of his neck,
Man's LH forms hook with middle two fingers, holding the outside
edge of the lady's RH facing down.
Time Step, Hesitation
&. touch ball of LF back, enough so RF lifts. Two hand hold,
arms extended so elbows are forward of ribs. Body is upright,
leaning forward. Keep COM over RF.
1. CW RF
2. LF forward, to spot midway between me and partner, lower RH,
lift LH to stop her forward progress
3. CW RF
Right Turning Basic
&. LF back break
1. CW RF
2. LF left, get out of the slot. QT right
3. RF across LF to enter slot, QT right
Crossing Steps/Side Steps
&. back break LF
1. CW RF
2. LF side, point her 1/8 turn to her left, 1/8 turn right
3. RF cross behind LF
&. LF back break, turn her quarter turn clockwise, quarter
1. CW RF
2. LF side
3. RF cross behind left
Cross Body Lead/Left Turning Closed Basic
Start in closed position.
&. LF side, ball only, keep weight on RF
1. WC RF
2. Turn body a quarter left. This will lead lady to step forward,
and turn herself. Place LF between her feet.
3. Another QT, and RF goes on sidewalk.
Starting in Closed Position
&. LF breaks left.
1. CW RF
2. QT left, leading lady to step forward, place LF between her
3. RF back down slot, end up facing lady.
Link To Close
Starting from open position, facing each other, my LH holding her
&. LF back break
1. CW RF, Start moving forward
2. LF step to left side of slot, Lead her to turn clockwise by
turning frame a quarter right, so
that she ends up facing the other way
3. RF feet together, Take closed hold, RH on her shoulder blade,
QT right, so that I face across the slot, and she faces down the
Left Passing Turn
Starting from open hold, my LH to her RH, facing each
other down the slot.
&. LF back break
1. CW RF
2. LF forward, pass her with her on my left, Raise LH, let her go
under, pivot half turn on LF
3. RF back, Snap turn
Right Passing Turn/Right Side Pass
Starting from open hold, where we are not so far
apart. Don't go straight into it, start with maybe a Left Passing
&. LF side break
1. CW RF
2. LF forward, pass her with her on my right, turn her on this
step, pivot half turn on LF
3. RF back
Like in swing. On slow, release RH, put her RH on my midriff as
I step forward and spin left. I should end up with her RH in my
LF, facing as in right turning basic
Hold each other's same hands (RH to RH, LH to LH). If LH is over
RH, switch positions with her, I go under my hands, turning to
left as I pass her with her on my right. If RH is over left, I
lead her into turn, pulling her left hand, as we switch
positions with her on my left. One of each is a set. To get out
of this, from LH over right, release LH, lead her into inside
turn, and switch hands.
Fade into Shadow Position
From opposite hand hold (her RH in my RH), extend RH to right at
shoulder height to bring her in facing same direction as me,
with her in front of me and to my right. Take her left hand in
Lady's Traveling Outside Turn
also known as the 4-count turn
||LF back, partial weight
||RF cross in front
||Start to turn
||Get out of the slot. As we pass LH is low
||QT right, face across slot
||RF cross in front or in back as
||1/8 turn right
||Along with acceleration of
feet, LH goes up quickly to lead lady into turn
||LF steps forward, side, or back, as necessary to track the lady
||1/8 turn right, now facing back down slot on other side
||RF steps as necessary to track lady
|0||Start with RF slightly forward of LF|| |
|1||&||RF back, partial weight|
|3||2||RF forward|| start to turn right|
|4||&||LF side|| Between steps 3 and 4, QT right, facing across slot|
|5||3||RF feet together|| Between steps 4 and 5, half turn right on LF|
|6||4||LF back|| Between 5 and 6, 3/4 turn right on RF, to end facing back down slot || |
Right Side Pass to Sliding Door to Free Spin
Start with Right Side Pass.
On 3, cut across slot, under my LH, switching to R2R hold, so
that I am facing across slot, with Lady to my left.
Sliding Door, side break and lead her across me, to L2L hold.
Cross body lead footwork, to gather her up again.
From normal two hand hold, lead lady into inside turn, placing
both her hands in my right hand, with her right hand on top. After
turn is completed, let her left hand drop into my left hand, so that
we have R2R over L2L.
Inside Turn to Shadow, Lady's Traveling Inside Turn to Lady's
Left Turning Basic with Man's Hook Turn
Two Hand Hold.
2-Hand Right Side Pass with Magic Hands, so we end up with R2R
over L2L hand hold.
Man does footwork for link to close, while using LH to lead lady
into right turning basic, doing hand break with RH to end up with
L2L over R2R, Lady facing back down slot, man facing lady across
Man does XBL footwork, leading lady into traveling inside turn
down slot, so we end up R2R over L2L.
Dropping LH, lead lady into left turning basic, while man does
hook turn with hand switch, and we end up in open position.
Outside Turn to Left Side Passing Turn with Hand Change to
Shadow to Inside Turn.
Lady's Traveling Outside Turn.
Left Passing Turn, man does right turn down slot, and changes
hands behind his back when lady has completed her turn, so we end up
right to right.
Lead lady to do right turning basic footwork under my right arm,
while I do link to close footwork, to end up in shadow position, my
RH on her right shoulder, her LH in mine.
Lead inside turn down slot, keeping LH, while I do XBL footwork,
and gather her into closed position at end of slot.
Then lead a throwout.
2 Hand hold.
Keeping both hands, lead lady in like a link to closed, and bring
my RH up to her eye level.
&1. As lady touches back, take my RH over her head to her
right shoulder, still holding her LH.
23. Lead lady down slot doing half turn right, so we face each
other with crossed hands.
For simple ending, do a right side pass keeping both hands, this
will untangle the arms.
For advanced ending, lead lady into inside turn, then lower right
hand and keep her turning, so that on next &1 she is completing
second turn in hammerlock. Then release RH and complete throwout.
Skater's Step with Double Overhead
Start facing each other down slot, R2R hold.
Link to closed (L2C) footwork, taking RH over lady's head and to her
right shoulder, taking L2L as well.
&1. Let ladies momentum carry her to open up on this
23. Keeping both hands, lady does right half turn down slot under
my left arm, so that we are facing each other down slot, L2L over
L2C footwork, taking right arm over lady's head again, and
combing myself with left hand.
Throwout, letting go of all the hand holds, and taking left to
Skater's Step to Back Pass
Skater's step to L2L over R2R.
Lady does right turning basic foot work, while man quarter turns
left under left arm, keeping right hand low, to end up facing across
slot with right arm in hammerlock.
Release RH, and lead lady back into skater step position with
Body Check and Continuous Spin
Lady's 1 1/2 inside turn, man's link to close foot work, lead her
into sweetheart position with hands at her shoulders.
One three count walking around ccw.
&1, lead her to continue the rotation past me using
2, hook turn left, keeping my left hand above my head, and let
this hand motion start to lead her
3, complete turn.
&1, back break and return
2. step into each other like in right turning open basic
3. turn around each other to face back down slot, man does a
& lady is led to hook RF behind left, she has a very short
Man continues rondé through &1, and on 2 both continue
with right turning basic foot work.
The whole thing can be done in a closed hold, as well, and has
the feel of a west coast swing whip.
One variation of this pattern.
Start with skater step to L2L over R2R
Man does footwork for XBL, lady does one and a half inside turns,
while he raises her hands directly above her head, his wrists
&1. He spreads her hands out to the sides, they are still in
front of her, while left foot hooks behind RF, and RF steps
further down slot, to get a little behind her.
23. XBL foot work for him, 1 and a half turns for her, while,
with LF above right, he brings her hands together above her head,
placing her RH
at her left wrist, letting it go, and then picking it up again.
&1. hook-side, open her out again.
23. To exit, man's footwork changes, release her LF, and turn
left myself, in place, changing hands behind my back.
Right Hand Roll In
Start with open right turning basic.
On 23, instead of turning to face partner, stop facing across
slot, release her RH, and lead her to continue out so we face
the same direction.
&1. opposition break.
23. J-Lead her into one and half inside turns, rolling up her
Release her LH, and throw her out as usual.
Start with RH Roll-In, but keep her LH after she does 1 1/2
Lady does right turning basic footwork to open position, where
I've kept her LH
Roll-in cuddle to waist turn.
Do the roll-in cuddle. On the last 3, step towards her rather
&1. Catch her waist with my left arm, and toss her LH
past my head as I go under her arm.
23. lead her into 1 1/2 turns, and catch her on &1
Double Right Turn to Lady's Free Spin
Lead double right turn, on the last turn catch her LH with my RH,
so that we open out, both facing across slot.
J-lead her into inside free spin, 2 1/2 turns. I keep walking
back away from her until 5, and step across catching her back on 6.
Overhead Wrap to Neck Tunnel
Start in open position.
&123. Footwork for link to close, keep both hands, raising
lady's LH to be even with her ear.
&1. Put lady's LH on her right shoulder, while setting up for
23. Lead lady to do half turn right down slot, under my left arm,
so we end up with arms crossed in open position.
&1. Back break, RF crosses out of slot to my left.
23. Let LH slide to my elbow, RH forms window, I step through,
under right arm as lady steps down slot. I end up with my hands
on my opposite shoulders, facing across slot.
&1. Opposition break, RF steps forward out of slot..
2. RH goes down to my waist, as I lead lady behind and past me
3. LH goes over my head, as I step back into slot, with arms now
Left Shoulder Wrap
Start in two-hand open position.
&1. back break, RF crosses out of slot to my left.
23. Lead lady past me down slot, while I step under my right
arm. I will end up with hands at my shoulders, while I face
&1. Opposition break, step forward out of slot.
23. Lead lady to step behind and past me down slot, bringing
right hand to waist, and then take LH over head to face partner
down slot, with hands crossed.