What it is: These energetic Caribbean styles are characterized by continuous hip-rolling and thrusting; the waist-burning movements are often incorporated into Zumba workouts.
What it sounds like: “The difference in soca and calypso from other music is how we really focus on the drum line—it stems from African drums. You also hear the bassline a lot. It’s very strong, very powerful music.”
When to do it: June 29, with Calypso Rose. The venerable Trinidadian singer was the first woman to win the Calypso King competition in 1978, causing the title to be changed to Calypso Monarch. Move to hits from her half-century-long career, including her 1966 anthem, “Fire in Meh Wire.”
Can’t decide between Thai, Chinese and Indian food for dinner? Have a little bit of each at this Asian Fusion restaurant in Midtown West. If you’re in the mood for Thai, you might start with some vegetable spring rolls ($7) before feasting on shrimp pad thai ($15). Craving fried rice? Nanjing’s signature fried rice comes with chicken, shrimp and vegetables ($15) and pairs perfectly with spicy Szechwan or sweet and sour chicken (both $17). You can also order an Indian feast of chicken tikka ($14), palak paneer ($14), vegetable biryani ($11) and garlic naan ($4). Feeling especially hungry? Come for lunch every day of the week to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Venue says: “Serving the best of Chinese, Thai & Indian cuisine. Unlimited Lunch Buffet everyday Mon-Fri 11am-4pm & Sat & Sun 12pm-4pm, eat more pay less”