5 Classes That Will Make You a Real Chicagoan

July 28, 2016

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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    Hip Hop (All Levels)

    Hip hop isn’t merely a dance. Hip hop examines how to think about the city and the body. When you dance hip hop, you’re not only contorting and popping your body, but you’re also expressing your personality and background with each juke and rock. In this class, you’ll experience a range of movements including popping, locking, waving, ticking, up rocking, juking, foot working, breaking, Old School house, and jacking. Whew. Needless to say, you’re learning all of the moves and how they flow together. Trust your body as an instrument and tune yourself up as you'll finally be able to bust a move!
    Hip Hop (All Levels)

    5965 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamental steps and self-expressive manners of hip hop dance
    • Discover a wide range of basic hip hop movements
    • Learn to trust your body as an instrument and be ready to burn some calories
    • No experience necessary
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    5 positive reviews
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    Boxing (South Loop)

    The boxing fantasy: walk into the gym, perhaps aimlessly yet inspired, and leave a champion! Learn boxing fundamentals and skills that include punching and defending for a comprehensive and well-developed understanding of the sport. The environment is a safe, clean, and professional one that is dedicated to helping its practitioners achieve their goals and reach their fullest potentials. Explore everything from the basics to the determination necessary when stepping into a three-round fight. Improve your balance and footwork and be marveled by the pride of knowing you gave it your all. Experience, first hand, the multi-faceted nature of boxing from its fierce competition to its subtle, artistic form.
    Boxing (South Loop)

    1331 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Punch, step, and defend your way to a stronger grasp and understanding of the art of boxing
    • Learn a variety of skills that will help you bring your game to new peaks and forms
    • Gain the physical benefits that follow an intense, but rewarding training session
    • All skill levels are welcome
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    9 positive reviews
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    Kizomba Zouk Dance

    Originally called the kizomba zouk, this is a musical genre of antilliano source (Antelias), though it originally earned its success in Cape Verde and Angola, two African countries that were a former Portuguese colonies. In the mid 80's, Cape Verdeans, Angolans, and several artists began to create the zouk genre that very quickly conquered the public. With Latin Street Dancing, you'll find out just how contagious this style truly is! As you learn the essential steps and movements of this dance, see how the dance mixes in some merengue, tango, bachata, and that rhythmic African feel. Oh, and remember to put on some nice cologne or perfume before coming to this class, because you’ll be dancing very close to your partner!
    Kizomba Zouk Dance

    1335 W Lake St, Chicago

    • Dance the beautiful, sensual, folkloric kizomba zouk that mixes merengue, tango, bachata, and African beats
    • Learn more about the dance that quickly conquered the Cape Verdeans and Angolans
    • Explore Latin and African culture through authentic dances
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Are you ready to take your self-defense capabilities to the next level? This class will expose you to the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling -- and especially ground fighting! Learn how to defend yourself against a stronger and larger assailant by using leverage and proper techniques to take the fight to the ground. Then, gain the tools to apply various joint-locks and chokeholds as well. Get a great full body workout as you build confidence and discipline. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness, and a road to building character. Come experience the workout of a lifetime!
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    516 W Campus Dr, Arlington Heights

    • Learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and gain insight on how to kick, punch, and take down opponents
    • Build strength, stamina, and balance through grappling and ground combat exercises
    • Experience a challenging, fun, and rewarding full body workout
    • No experience necessary
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    Signature Scent Creation

    What if you had your own signature scent... that wasn’t considered B.O.? (ZING!) Oh, jeez. That was bad. Let's start over: Did you know that the art of smell comes in three notes, much like that of a musical chord? You'll learn this and many other interesting facts if you take this smell-worthy workshop! In this lushly scented class, you’ll be guided through the nuances of creating a perfume. With the help of paper strips, you'll find your favorite scents while discovering compatible scents that speak to YOU. *Ah.* How refreshing!
    Signature Scent Creation

    2050 N Halsted St, Chicago

    • Create your own uniquely-crafted fragrance and then take it home with you!
    • Test a variety of scent combinations as you create one that speaks to you
    • Receive guided instruction through scent-making from an experienced perfumer
    • Get your smell game going strong!
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    5 positive reviews
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    Leather Work 101

    What do you have in common with cowboys, bikers, and rock stars? You all have an affinity for leather! In this introduction to leather work class, you will choose from 4-6 projects along with a variety of leathers and hardware. You’ll be able to modify and create your own patterns as well. This is a fun, easy class that gives you a chance to make a few things out of leather, such as a cuff, a clutch or a wallet. You can give them away as gifts or just add them to your impressive, ever-growing collection of leather accessories.
    Leather Work 101

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to work with different types of leather and hardware
    • Create leather cuffs, clutches, or a wallet that you can use or give as a gift
    • Practice working with various design features such as snaps, rivets, and eyelets
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Muay Thai Introductory Class

    Muay Thai’s more than a martial art. It’s the science of mastering eight limbs -- the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. This effective fighting form even helped Thailand survive the Burmese invasion. During this martial arts class, you’ll learn all about the basics of muay thai. These include footwork, punching, elbowing, and kneeing opponents. You will also cover basic pad work and cardio conditioning, to test your arms, legs, and abs. Tailored to improve fighting and self-defense skills, you’ll quickly be on your way to an insanely fit, toned body with the endurance to take on any challenge. Step onto the mat and find your eight limbs.
    Muay Thai Introductory Class

    2440 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Practice muay thai fundamentals that utilize the hands, elbows, knees, and feet
    • Get an intense workout, as you engage in basic pad work and cardio conditioning
    • Improve your overall strength, fitness, and self-defense skills
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    2 positive reviews
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    Boxing (Oak Lawn)

    The boxing fantasy: walk into the gym, perhaps aimlessly yet inspired, and leave a champion! Learn boxing fundamentals and skills that include punching and defending for a comprehensive and well-developed understanding of the sport. The environment is a safe, clean, and professional one that is dedicated to helping its practitioners achieve their goals and reach their fullest potentials. Explore everything from the basics to the determination necessary when stepping into a three-round fight. Improve your balance and footwork and be marveled by the pride of knowing you gave it your all. Experience, first hand, the multi-faceted nature of boxing from its fierce competition to its subtle, artistic form.
    Boxing (Oak Lawn)

    10137 S Harlem, Oak Lawn

    • Punch, step, and defend your way to a stronger grasp and understanding of the art of boxing
    • Learn a variety of skills that will help you bring your game to new peaks and forms
    • Gain the physical benefits that follow an intense, but rewarding training session
    • All skill levels are welcome
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    Introductory Private Wedding Dance Lesson (South Loop)

    Got a Big Day on the horizon, and a bit nervous about that first dance? Don’t land face first in your own wedding cake … Dazzle your guests with a fancy number designed just for you and your significant other! You’ll work with a professional instructor to master fundamental footwork, leading and following techniques, common in partner dance. This will help you become more comfortable on the dance floor with your partner no matter what music you’re dancing to. As part of this package, your instructor can also help you choreograph a dance set to your wedding song, and prepare a video to help you keep practicing at home all the way up to the day you tie the knot. Learn to dance. Save your cake!
    Introductory Private Wedding Dance Lesson (South Loop)

    410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to dance with your significant other during a private wedding dance lesson
    • Pick up basic dance steps for any song and become more comfortable on the dance floor
    • Work with your instructor to prepare a first dance choreographed just for you
    • Spend some fun quality time with your significant other
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    Peep Toe Pole Dance

    Is Richard Simmons’ Sweatin to the Oldies not giving you the fun workout you were hoping for? Throw that old VHS away. Peep Toe Pole Dance is an intro pole dancing class that’s so much fun you won’t even realize you’re burning the calories off at a record pace. You’ll never experience a sexier, more empowering, and addicting workout. Peep-Toe Pole Dance is designed to introduce you to the art of pole dancing! You’ll learn basic spins, sexy choreography, and floor moves. All you need is a positive attitude and a desire for a good time! Step aside, Richard Simmons -- there’s a new workout in town.
    Peep Toe Pole Dance

    1843 W Chicago Ave , ​Chicago

    • Learn the basics of Pole Dancing in a fun and supportive environment
    • Practice on the pole as you learn spins, choreography, and floor moves
    • Enjoy encouragement from your friendly instructor
    • Dance in sexy, tantalizing ways, while getting a great workout
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