5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

July 28, 2018

Michael Douglas said, “I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.” And work hard, you Chicagoans do. But you also know how to play. And learn. And create. And expand your amazingness. Heck, you do it all.

Those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to hail from the Windy City are left to wonder, “What does it take to pass as a native of this state?" Have you heard the phrase, “It’s never too late to learn”? Well, that phrase isn’t true. Not always at least. But lucky you! In this case, it is.

Check out these 5 classes that can put a non-native on the path towards blending in with the vibrant, electic group of people from this city.

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    Cha Cha Cha

    Looking to improve your game at Latin club night? Salsa too popular? As salsa dance rises on the mainstream, cha-cha-cha's ready to take the scene. Cousin to salsa and mambo, the dance started in Cuba as a "Triple Step Mambo" or salsa with a stutter step. During this beginner dance class, you'll swing your hips and stomp to the rhythms of Latin culture -- two-three-cha-cha-cha! Remember, this dance arrives a beat late to the party, but the cha-cha-cha will keep you smiling all night!
    Cha Cha Cha

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Get a taste of Latin dance through the cha-cha-cha
    • Learn essential cha-cha-cha steps, turns, movements, and hip gyrations
    • Explore the rhythms with a Latin feel and familiarize yourself with this popular Cuban dance
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    A Taste of Salsa

    Swing ended decades ago. Salsa is the latest club sensation, captivating club goers with its sensual movements and pure Latin passion. So why do you insist on standing in the corner? This class is perfect for beginners, and you'll learn all the essentials of salsa: how to connect each intricate maneuver, leading/following, turn combinations, rock steps, and even tap steps. Feel the rhythm. Let the Latin passion take over your body, and become the center of attention, and affection, at the club.
    A Taste of Salsa

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Learn salsa fundamentals like the steps, lead/follow, turn combinations, rock step, tap step/4x4 timing
    • Receive personal instruction in a fun and intimate environment
    • Discover the Latin passion in this welcoming beginner's class
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    BYOB Mixed Media Art (Libertyville)

    Looking to express yourself, but having a hard time doing it? Two things about this arts class will fix that problem fast. First, it's mixed media, meaning access to multiple artistic implements with which to create your vision. And second, it's BYOB, meaning...well, there's nothing like popping the cork on a bottle of wine to get the creative juices flowing. You'll be free to explore your artistic side in a bright, social studio environment, supported by a professional artist who can show you the ropes if you're a novice artist. In addition to being a great creative outlet, this class is a great place to meet new friends who share your flare for mixed media art!
    BYOB Mixed Media Art (Libertyville)

    253 Peterson Rd, Libertyville

    • Partake in a BYOB arts party, using mixed media tools and components to create original works
    • Work with a professional artist to expand your knowledge of the arts and learn new techniques
    • Create an original art piece to take home after you're done
    • Enjoy a creative outlet while meeting fellow artists in a social, inspiring environment
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    Bachata

    Formed in the Dominican Republic, bachata is famous for its sexy movements, musical instruments, and the close proximity between dance partners -- yes, your hips will be touching. In this dance class, learn the essential steps and rhythms of traditional bachata. Sensually swaying and popping your hips, you'll titillate and alleviate any pressure you once felt on the dance floor. Get ready to uncover a sensual side of yourself that you never knew existed, as the Latin passion takes over your body.
    Bachata

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Learn the sensual movements and techniques behind traditional Dominican bachata dance
    • Explore the eclectic rhythms as you become familiar with the steps
    • Hold your partner closely and channel your inner passionate dancer
    • No experience necessary
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    Expert Level Muay Thai

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    Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand -- the art form is so old it was developed as a means to fight the invading Burmese warriors. The "Art of Eight Limbs," incorporates devastating kicks, punches, knees, and elbows. You'll find that this style is much like cardio kickboxing, but you'll learn how to realistically fight and defend yourself in the process. Whether you're learning for self-defense purposes or you're just looking for a toned body, Muay Thai will kick you into shape and keep your guard up and ready.
    Expert Level Muay Thai

    349 5th avenue, New York

    • Learn the devastating kicks, punches, knees, and elbows used in Muay Thai
    • Fight your way to proper self-defense
    • Tone and shape your body in this high-intensity martial arts class
    • No experience necessary
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    15 Minute Latin Meals

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    How often do you resort to takeout because there's not enough time to cook dinner? Well, in the time it takes to order and then have it delivered, you might realize you are much better off cooking instead. In this cooking class, you'll make a delicious Latin meal in only fifteen minutes or less. Now, this isn't your typical Chipotle burrito kind of dinner -- this is the real deal. These dishes include steak with ranchero sauce, tortas, chicken mole and rice, and even roasted pork with pico. In fifteen minutes, you'll capture the essence of Latin flavors, and they'll be in your mouth before delivery ever arrives. A sample menu includes:
    • Bistec Ranchero (Steak & Ranchero Sauce)
    • Mini Tortas with Pork Milanesa and Cilantro-Lime Cream
    • Chicken Mole and Rice
    • Cochinita Pibil (Roasted Country Style Pork and Plantain Pico De Gallo)
    Note: This class is BYOB.
    15 Minute Latin Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to cook a collection of quick, easy, and authentic Latin meals
    • Dissect and taste the Latin flavors in each dish
    • Prepare a full-blown Latin dinner in fifteen minutes or less
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