Alessandra hosts Hustle Social, a monthly hustle dance party created to offer a space for people to regain a sense of community through partner dance. Hustle is a native New York social dance born in the early 1970s. Hustle Social is multi generational. Come and get to know your neighbors.
Located at the historic Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, this active congregation lends its space to the dance community.
A few years into my professional dance career I felt there was something missing. In the summer of 2013, my curiosity led to my discovery of New York City's street dance community. I saw people with a connection to dance I'd only found prior among native dance cultures like Latin, Island and Tribal. People use dance as a medium of communication very literally in street dance. Each dancer has his or her own natural movement like a unique voice. Dance battles have a formula like a dialogue: one person (or a group) dances and the others dance in response. This exchange repeats and so a conversation unfolds. This cypher is universal and frequently seen in clubs, practice sessions and streets.
On that particular night, among the sea of people breaking, waacking, popping and house dancing, I saw partner dancing. "Doing the Hustle", I was told.
Since that night, my passion for Hustle dancing continues to deepen as I learn from the community of people where it all began: New York City.