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

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    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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    1 positive reviews
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    A Taste of Salsa

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    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Lace Up Lap Dance

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    Looking to spice up your workout routine? Lace Up Lap Dance is a lap dancing class that's so much fun you won't even realize you're burning the calories off at a record pace. Lace Up Lap dance is the best sensual abdominal workout you can find. It's sexy. It's fun. It's liberating and best of all, you're going to love it. Perfect the art of seduction with slow, sensual choreography that builds anticipation and desire while giving your abs an incredible workout. As you can see, this isn't your mother's workout routine.
    Lace Up Lap Dance

    1843 W Chicago Ave , ​Chicago

    • Learn the basics of lap dancing as you get a great workout
    • Practice slow, sensual and tantalizing choreography
    • Receive encouragement from a friendly instructor in a safe and supportive environment
    • Have a great time while getting ripped abs
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    14 positive reviews
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    Peep Toe Pole Dance

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    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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    14 positive reviews
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    Painting for Couples

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    Looking to paint the town with your sweetheart? This art class designed for couples might be just what you're looking for! You'll have the opportunity to work on your canvas technique under the guidance of a professional artist, while learning to create a beautiful work of art. Past art projects have been centered on themes of relationships and romance, so after you're finished, exchanging canvases will make a great way to commemorate the evening. Or, if you're the competitive types, see which painting can net the most value on Ebay! Either way, you'll get points for originality on this date!
    Painting for Couples

    2015 s. Laflin, Chicago

    • Enjoy a couples only painting workshop with your significant other
    • Improve you brush technique and indulge your creative side
    • Take your finished painting home with you to keep or gift
    • Share an artistic experience and show off your creative side
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    23 positive reviews
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    Martial Arts/Boxing

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    You're getting bored of the same workout routine everyday: Monday, weights then treadmill; Tuesday, weights then treadmill; Wednesday- what do you know? Weights then treadmill. Switch it up and kick up the intensity of your workout with this high-energy boxing class at Midwest Training Center! Start off by learning the foundations of this popular martial art and combat sport. If you put your mind to it, you will increase your strength, speed, and endurance, sharpening your reflexes as you practice a series of offensive and defensive maneuvers. Don't expect your coach to give you a break! You'll be pushed to your physical limits. You will grunt. You will wheeze. And you will unintentionally curse at your coach as you perform every extra set you think you can't do. But at the end of the hour, after you catch your breath, you will feel on top of the world!
    Martial Arts/Boxing

    455 E State Pkwy, Schaumburg

    • Learn the fundamentals of boxing, a high-intensity martial art and combat sport
    • Practice throwing and dodging punches -- your instructor will keep you on your toes
    • Increase your strength, speed, and endurance and sharpen your reflexes
    • Take pride in training under Shannon States, an experienced boxing coach
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    4 positive reviews
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