What is Hustle?

Simple definition

Hustle is an American dance which originated in the 1970s. It is traditionally danced to club hits of both the 1970s as well as contemporary times. The dance is designed to be highly dynamic, flashy, and powerful. Although it's movement history is rooted in a 6 count basic, the final form of the dance is a 3 count basic with some extended patterns and syncopations.

What is West Coast Swing?

Simple definition:

West Coast Swing is a form of swing dancing that is danced in a slot to moderate tempo blues, R&B and, in recent times, contemporary music. It is the smother, sexier version of the swing dance family. Its basic patterns are both 6 and 8 beats, but those patterns can be varied by +/- 2 beat increments. It is characteristically highly musical and can adopt many nuances from other forms of dance. This makes West Coast Swing a highly versatile dance form.

What to Expect

How are the lessons taught?

Erik Novoa & Anna Novoa teaching West Coast Swing at Smiths Dancing School in Hawthorne, NYLessons are taught in the manner of a professional class. In beginner classes, rhythm and footwork is reviewed and basic pattern elements are taught. In intermediate classes, review of basic elements is much quicker and there is an expectation that students can sustain a basic dance.


Dance Level Description

West Coast Swing & Hustle Dance Class at Dance Dimensions in Norwalk, CTThese descriptions explain what will be taught in the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced weekly classes.  It is also our general description for our specialty workshops.  If you're new to dance, or just new to our classes, the beginner class will give you the head start you need to have a successful journey.


Many Ways to Pay for Dance Classes & Workshops

paypal logosquare logo There are many different ways to pay for our dance classes, workshops and parties. As a general guideline, we almost always give discounts for early registration or all-inclusive packages. Below are a few different options for paying for class. We hope that some of these ideas help you save money and open up the opportunity to maximize your dance experiences.

Dance Shoes for West Coast Swing & Hustle

For Men

A simple, men's standard oxford shoe (leather bottom) will work very well for various occasions and floors. However, as you get more serious in your dance life you'll want a real dance shoes. Below are some suggestions. All the dance shoes that are listed below are most conviently tried and purchased at your local dance event. Aside from dancing, buying shoes is one of the main reasons to go to an event.

Dance shoes for men for West Coast Swing & HustleThis is a lycra, black "Tango" shoe with a 1" heel. I personally like this for both West Coast Swing and Hustle (performance and social dancing) because it allows full motion of the foot from ball-to-heel action.  This shoe is also available in a 1 1/2' heel for more of a latin look.  All of these shoes are suede bottom, which makes them feel perfect on perfect floors.

The lycra material gives it a very matte "black" look but the shoe can also be found in buck leather and patent leather.

Unemployment Discount for Weekly Dances

Unemployment discount for West Coast Swing & Hustle classes taught by Erik NovoaThis has been a tough economic time for everyone. I believe that it sucks to lose your job due to corporate cutbacks; and it's even worse to lose your social circles because you lose the economic ability to fund a social activity.

Dance Etiquette Tips

Etiquette Tips for partner dancing, ballroom dancing, social dancing, west coast swing, hustle, salsa and tango

Many people wonder about such things as hygiene, correcting one's partner, arriving late, class-level and rotating partners in class. These tips are designed to help you learn by knowing the "right" thing to do and maximize your time on the dance floor.

These tips allow for a social environment that is meant for the benefit of all students (not just the individual).