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Instructor: Maria Torres; director, choreographer and teacher at Broadway Dance Center (broadwaydancecenter.org). Pictured with dance partner Sekou McMiller.
What it is: A nightclub dance with Latin origins that started in the early 1970s. Usually set to disco music, it was popularized by the film Saturday Night Fever.
Why Maria likes it: “It was so cool to do something similar to the mambo, but to the music that was playing on the radio. I was like, Oh my God, I gotta do that.”
When to do it: July 11, with The Loser’s Lounge Presents: Donna Summer and the Disco Divas. The Loser’s Lounge—a musicians’ collective—honors mirror-ball sirens including Donna Summer. Stick around after for a silent disco (10–11:30pm; $5, free with a Loser’s Lounge ticket), where partyers can listen to Freedom Dance Party DJs through headphones.
Giulietta’s Cantina Club
This restaurant in the West Village amps up the romance of Italian cuisine with a menu focused on food meant to be shared. Start with a customizable cheese charcuterie board with porchetta, asiago, sopressata, gorgonzola or a whole host of other goodies (one for $7, three for $18 or five for $25). Follow that up with some burrata with grilled tomatoes and pesto ($15), ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers ($4 per piece) or savory lobster cannoli ($6 per piece). For the pasta course, you might order osso bucco ravioli ($16), risotto with pancetta and peas ($18) or spaghetti pomodoro ($16). There’s even a section of the menu dedicated to “aphrodisiacs,” like roasted oysters or grilled asparagus topped with quail eggs and slivers of black truffle ($16 each). To add to the romantic mood, Giulietta’s also brings in live jazz musicians every Wednesday and hosts a blues brunch every Saturday.
Venue says: “Outdoor seating is OPEN! ☀️Make sure to check out our Bottomless LIVE Blues Brunch on Saturdays! 🥂🍳🎷”