by Joyce Szili
(Washington, DC area)
Whenever you learn a new dance, you must first learn the rhythm. To achieve this, your instructor will teach you the count pertinent to that dance. This count will be a very important part of your learning and development.
For example, the count used for hustle is AND, 1, 2, 3. This count has become the national standard for teaching hustle in almost all major cities across the United States and in other countries.
It is important when you are learning and practicing that you count out your steps as you dance. Counting is very important when you are supposed to be making certain moves on certain counts.
If you practice the counting out loud when you dance, after a while, it should follow suit that you will be able to do it just in your head.