Learn the Modern Hustle

Roger and Linda Shamburg, Charla Blacker, Dan Eggleston, Peg and Joe Tomlinson, Dick Dunbar, and Bertie Litchfield practicing their dance lesson.

Roger and Linda Shamburg, Charla Blacker, Dan Eggleston, Peg and Joe Tomlinson, Dick Dunbar, and Bertie Litchfield practicing their dance lesson.

Diana Durham

So, if you think of the hustle dance style and the ’70s come to mind, stop right there! The modern hustle (also called “New York Hustle”) is a dynamic, flashy, and superb series of dance steps that is the best all-around dance for contemporary music. You and your partner will look and feel great on the dance floor and will receive many compliments on your dance abilities when you show off your hustle skills. It is an extraordinarily easy dance to learn and works well with all kinds of music including pop, rock, cha-cha, merengue, techno, rap, and swing. Basically, any music which has a strong “boom, boom, boom, boom” beat is good for the hustle. That’s a lot of songs! Any time you go to a wedding, a fundraiser dance, or a holiday party, you will hear that beat.

SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club offers this class every Wednesday evening in April from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Mariposa Room at DesertView Performing Arts Center in SaddleBrooke TWO. This class is being offered to beginners only as a way to introduce a very fun, easy dance with lots of modern music. No partner is needed, as we will be sharing and switching partners frequently. Hustle class will be taught by Philip Doyle, an Arthur Murray certified Silver Level dancer. Signup in March by emailing Phil at toughdrphil@aol.com. You will look and feel great on the dance floor, and have fun!

Another dance class to enjoy is Beginner Level Bolero, taught by Bob Osborne and Mary Borkovec. Bolero is a slow Latin dance that combines elements of rumba and waltz. This class is being offered especially to people familiar with those two dances. The dance rhythm of bolero is slow-quick-quick, much like the rumba, but slower. You will like dancing the bolero when slow tempo rumba music is playing. If you dance the rumba and waltz you will surely enjoy learning bolero. Lessons will be held in the Vermilion Room at SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse on Wednesdays, April 8, 15, and 22, from 10-11 a.m. Enroll in March by emailing Bob Osborne at bobmao@aol.com to register for the class. If you have any questions, email Bob or call him at 203-913-2062.

Dance classes are available free of charge to SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club members. You are welcome to come and try a class before you join the club. It’s easy to join SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club, where the learning continues and the fun never ends! Membership is only $20 per year and all classes are free! For more information, just go to the club’s website, www.sbballroomdance.com and click on “Membership” near the top of the right-hand column. From there, click on “Membership Forms and Info.” That link will take you to additional information, including a membership form for you to fill out and bring to class.