Best of Westchester
Best Salsa Dancing (2010)
Wednesday nights are a little bit spicier, thanks to Vintage. For the past four years, Micha Shines, owner of DoJo Dance and Fitness, sends dance instructors to teach salsa to those wanting to turn, bend, and twirl for just $10. Willing salsa students are given a free lesson for about a half-hour, and then they’re free to shake their booties for the rest of the night on their own. “You don’t need a partner,” says Shines, “and no experience is necessary. It’s a great way to see if you enjoy salsa dancing without any commitment.”
Best Karaoke (2012)
Few ways of cutting loose are as much fun as karaoke. But if you end up with too many tuneless mic hogs, it can seem hazardous to your health. Enter White Plains’s Vintage Lounge & Restaurant, which is bringing talent to the usual swig ’n’ sing with its American Idol-style competition. Vintage—an exposed-brick restaurant, bar, and event space—started its cover-free, 8 pm karaoke Thursdays soon after opening in 2003, but, for the past few years, it has incorporated a season of the $500-prize “White Plains Idol” in the spring (with hopes to expand it to the fall). “It’s a fun evening for people who have just one more day to go for work,” says genial owner Declan Farrell in his Galway accent. Farrell is quick to say that novices with a bit of liquid courage—and their screechy versions of Bon Jovi or Journey—are welcome, too. “That’s part of the fun,” he says.
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