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Hustle Syllabus

Date Published:
February 8, 2004

Syllabus Figures
The dance syllabus figures are used in two fundamental ways. First, they provide a learning framework for the student. Second, the syllabus is also used to define competition levels. There will be a published Technique book with a break down for all figures. To obtain this publication you must be a Member of IHDA and affiliated with a dance school or an independent instructor. Please Note: The IHDA Hustle Technique book will not be available until Spring of 2003.

If you are an instructor please be sure to start your Amateur competitor with the figures listed below.


Novice Competition Syllabus
No Free Turns greater than (1/2) one half revolution allowed.
Competitors may select any combination of steps from this syllabus.

1 Cross Body Lead
2 Throw Out to Open or Release to Open (same step, two acceptable names)
3 Return to Closed
4 Hesitation (basic; not traveling; holding position)

A. In Open Position
B. In Closed Position

5 Open to Shadow
6 Shadow to Open

A. Optional Change of Hands

7 Change of Sides

A. Opening Out
B. Sliding Door

8 Wheel (basic; double hand hold; trading sides)

A. (1/2) One Half-Turn Options
a. Leader Bridge
b. Follower Bridge
c. Leader Inside Turn
d. Follower Inside Turn

9 Single Left Turn Elements and Variations for Leader or Follower
10 1 and 1/2 Left Turn Elements (one and one half revolutions left)

A. Comb
B. Wrap
C. Inside Reverse
D. Inside Single Turn in Closed Position

11 Shadow Elements

A. Sweetheart: a. Option: arms high or low
B. Cuddle: a. Arm position variations permitted

12 New York Walk with connection maintained
13 Basic Grapevine

Intermediate Competition Syllabus

1 Chasse to Cross Body Lead
2 Swivels and Variations of Such
3 Diva Walk
4 Progressive Circular Basics (ex. T-Turns, Back to Back Turns)
5 Double Outside Turn and All Variations (5 or 6 beats, including Double Illusion Turns, etc.)
6 Double Free Spins to the Left (start on 2)
7 Double Free Spins to the Right (start on 3)
8 Diamonds
9 Wrap Turn Variations
10 4 Count Right Turns
11 Double Syncopated Elements (ex. Las Vegas)
12 Free New York Walk (release of connection)

Advanced Competition Syllabus

1 Full Cross Body or Telemark (same step, two acceptable names)

a. In place
b. Traveling

2 Billy's Waltz
3 Phillip's Fred and Ginger
4 Castle Walks
5 Butchie Pretzels (tight turns, change of hands and direction)
6 Traveling Moves
7 Blind Leads (ex. Blind Wrap)
8 Carousel

a. with connection
b. without connection

9 Multiple Illusion Turns (more than two; right or left; linear or
10 Vega's Crazy Turns
11 Free Spin Variations

a. Syncopated
b. Rib Chasers
c. Hip Catches

12 Pivot Combinations
13 Capes
14 Samba Turns (Timing 1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc.)
15 Free New York Walk with Rotation for Leader or Follower
16 Pop
17 Snap
18 Horse and Cart Variations
19 Ronde and Battement Elements (Lead and Follow Only)
20 One Leg or Pirouette Variations (rotations left or right)

a. Wrap or Full Turn
b. Double Outside
c. Inside Turns
d. Leader Options

21 Unassisted Leaps and Jumps (within Hustle Timing)
22 Syncopated Timing Variations
24 Lead/Follow Side by Side Combinations