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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    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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    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

    600 W. Roosevelt , 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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    Cumbia Dance

    What do you get when you cross Colombian folklore with a bit of rock 'n' roll? The answer is Cumbia. Originally a folkloric dance from Colombia danced barefoot, and now danced socially all over Latin America and worldwide, Cumbia is a strong dance that looks like a mix of swing dancing and rock 'n' roll to the downbeat of energetic Cumbia music. In this beginner class, you'll learn the nightclub version of Cumbia that's popular in Mexico. Swing and shake to the pulsating electronic beats, and dance the hypnotic Cumbia.
    Cumbia Dance

    600 W. Roosevelt , Chicago

    • Combine elements of swing dancing and rock 'n' roll to learn the popular Mexican dance, Cumbia
    • Get a fun workout as you dance to the pulsating beats
    • Explore Colombian folklore in a modern fashion
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    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    The best way to learn is to get out there and do it. Isn't that how you learn everything, from riding a bike to jumping off a diving board and not landing on your belly? That's the approach Gil Davis Golf takes on this Three-Hole Golf Playing Lesson. Here, you'll take to the links with a golf pro who will review your game in action. From there, receive critiques and learn how to play certain shots, and the right situations to do so. This is a great way for fixing blow up holes or simply improving your score when it counts. Practice makes perfect. So get out and practice!
    3 Hole Golf Playing Lesson

    6700 S Kedize Ave, Chicago

    • Play three holes of golf with a Gil Davis golf professional
    • Receive in-game critiques and learn how to play certain shots in specific situations
    • Correct your golf game to avoid blow up holes
    • All experience levels welcome
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    Beginners Krav Maga

    KM Civilian Force hosts a core Krav Maga self-defense program for civilians, modeled after military and law enforcement force programs that blends fitness, as well as training in combatives, self-defense techniques, and ground fighting. Civilian Force was designed to better prepare the average citizen, like yourself, to defend and escape violent and dangerous encounters, while increasing your sense of awareness and ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations before they happen. At Civilian Force, you will have the opportunity to put your self-defense training to the test while being put through a variety of stress, conditioning, and exhaustion drills that will simulate realistic violent encounters and attacks, involving single and multiple attackers. Your goal is to develop the endurance, self-confidence, and mindset necessary to survive an attack by whatever means necessary.
    Beginners Krav Maga

    1043 W Madison St, Chicago

    • Learn how to defend yourself and escape violent, dangerous encounters, while maintaining a keen sense of awareness
    • Develop endurance, intensity, and explosiveness, while creating muscle-memory and incorporating the self-confidence needed to survive an attack
    • Improve your overall strength and flexibility in this high-intensity class
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    Boxing (South Loop)

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    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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    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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    Muay Thai Introductory Class

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    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

    2271 N Clybourn 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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    9 positive reviews
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    Boxing (Wrigleyville)

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    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 (Wrigleyville)

    3215 N Broadway 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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    11 positive reviews
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu All Levels

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    Want to learn martial arts, but can't decide which style is right for you? This is your chance to get a free introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or, if you are already a practitioner, brush up on your skills! BJJ utilizes a combination of hip-takedowns and throws that turn your assailant's momentum against them to ensure that, no matter the size-difference, you'll be in a position take your opponent to the ground. You'll practice an arsenal of techniques designed to win the ground game, including chokes and joint locks meant to immobilize. You'll receive instruction from a martial artist trained in the discipline. Your instructor will focus on the fundamentals and teach you how to apply those techniques during live sparring sessions. In addition to building confidence in your ability to win a fight, you'll be getting a great workout that develops both your stamina and flexibility. Find out why BJJ attracts all the hip kids!
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu All Levels

    1531 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a free introduction to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, if you are already a practitioner, brush up on your skills
    • Learn beginner punch, kicks, and takedowns to neutralize your opponents
    • Practice sparring against a real life opponent to see what you're capable of
    • Gain confidence in your ability to defend yourself should the need arise
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    1 positive reviews

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