3.2 On Tempo For Hustle
Times, and terminology, and the dance, have changed. The way Michael
Kiehm describes it: We now tend to dance Hustle to slower music than
was used in the disco era. This encourages longer slots and greater
extension... which makes it more difficult to adapt when a really fast
song is played. (But it also gives more time for styling and for
hitting your lines more clearly.) I was in a Hustle workshop he did a
few years ago during which, just ,as an aside, he played some "old time
disco music". We were all huffing and puffing by the end of the first
piece. We can dance Hustle up to about 140+ bpm, but I'd say the more
comfortable (i.e., normal) range is 110-124 bpm. It is even
comfortable down in the 100 bpm range. So the range is about the same
as WCS, but a little narrower (i.e., it doesn't work well on the low
and high ends of WCS bpm ranges).
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