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The Top 4 Acting Activities in Manhattan

The Top 4 Acting Activities in Manhattan

Acting-type classes are a great way to let loose and get your creative juices flowing.They are also a unique way to have fun and, often times, learn more yourself and people in general. Whether you’re dying to have a career on the stage or you just want a chance to be silly and try something new, here are some classes you should definitely check out:

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    Body Language Lab -- class no longer offered to public, company workshops only AC 6/1/2016
    Body Language Lab -- class no longer offered to public, company workshops only AC 6/1/2016

    LifeLabs New York

    There is so much you can communicate without words. In fact, it has been claimed by some experts that 93% of all communication is actually non-verbal. To fully understand what those around you are saying/feeling, you also have to try to understand their body language. This class from LifeLabs New York will teach you how to decode all sorts of non-verbal signals from the neck-down. You’ll learn how to pick up on all sorts of non-verbal cues, such as discomfort or disagreement. Everything you learn will be applicable to your daily life, from being better able to decode the signals of others to making sure you optimize your own body language.

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    Intro to Improv
    Intro to Improv

    Magnet Theater - Studio

    There are numerous improv classes offered in NYC and some are even free! These classes teach you the basics of improv and good scene work. As you practice through exercises and training from veteran performers, you will begin to understand how to create improvised scenes and stories on your own. All levels are welcome so get ready to expose yourself to the hilarious world of improvisation!

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    Learn to Mime - Trial Class
    Learn to Mime - Trial Class

    Richmond Shepard

    Have you always secretly thought that mimes are really cool and underrated? Well, you’re right and now you have the chance to learn this art yourself! New York City has a lot of great intro to miming classes for people of all experience levels. You will have the chance to learn the physical techniques, body articulation, and illusions of mime. As you try your hand at this ancient performance art, your stage presence, speaking, and movement are sure to improve. Best of all, you’ll be a guaranteed hit at parties every time you pull out your new miming routine!

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    The Seeing Lab
    The Seeing Lab

    LifeLabs New York

    Microexpressions, small contractions of facial muscles that last only tenths of a second, are thought to be one of the most sure-fire ways to gain insight into what someone is thinking or feeling. Even the best liar can expose the truth through an unintended flash of a microexpression. This 3-hour course from LifeLabs New York will teach you how to detect and read microexpressions, thus becoming more skilled at interpreting people’s moods and intentions. As a cool extra bonus, you will use the same imaging software used by the secret service in order to test your progress!

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