NYC Summer School -- 5 Classes That Will Make you a Real New Yorker

August 8, 2016

New York City has the spirit of a fighter, the determination of a dreamer, and the swagger of a champion. Not everyone is capable of holding their own in this place so full of character, life, food stands, and skyscrapers.

But there are tricks to the trade -- lessons to be learned, experiences to dive into, and fears to conquer. Don't be afraid of a city deemed "the concrete jungle." You can and will become a concrete Tarzan, damnit.

So grab your vine and swing into NYC summer school. These NYC classes are bound to make you the ultimate New Yorker -- complete with just the right amount of charming arrogance that makes the Big Apple so welcoming.

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    Sushi Making Basics

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    Spicy tuna? More like pricey tuna. If you love sushi, but hate those high prices, then skip the restaurants and let your sushi love go rogue with this DIY experience. In Sushi by Simon's most popular class you'll learn all of the skills and techniques you need to make your favorite maki sushi. You'll also get to sip on two free drinks to, you know, help you better absorb the information. With a menu of tuna, salmon, avocado, and cucumber, the only thing more fun than making your masterpieces will be eating them! Whether you're city-bred through and through, or just in town for a visit looking for an authentic New York experience, you've got to try Basic Sushi Making. Your wallet and your belly will thank you.
    Sushi Making Basics

    307 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn the basic skills and techniques for sushi making
    • Make your favorite rolls with tuna, salmon, avocado, and cucumber
    • Eat and enjoy everything you make!
    • Enjoy two free drinks
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    21 positive reviews
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    Sushi Making Basic Deluxe

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    If you love sushi, but hate those high prices, then skip the restaurants and let your sushi love go rogue with this DIY experience. During this class, you'll learn all the skills needed to make maki rolls as well as hand rolls (temaki). Get comfortable in the kitchen with which grains to use, how to cook and season the rice, and how to securely roll everything together. Bring a friend or your date for a delicious cooking and dining experience.Your wallet and your belly will thank you.
    Sushi Making Basic Deluxe

    307 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn how to make 3-4 maki sushi rolls and temaki (hand rolls)
    • Use fresh ingredients such as tuna, salmon, avocado, masago, daikon, burdock and tamago
    • Make the proper sushi rice for delicious rolls
    • Take home a complimentary, handmade ceramic soy sauce bowl
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    21 positive reviews
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    Bread Baking Basics

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    There isn't much better than the aroma or taste of freshly baked bread. Now imagine that you could be sharing that experience with family and friends in your very own kitchen... Imagine no more! This hands-on three hour bread baking class will refine your baking skills and discuss the ten steps of the bread-making process. You'll get to participate in each step from selecting the ingredients and kneading the dough to shaping, scoring and baking. Enjoy the fruits of your labor by taste-testing your own creations! By the end of class, you'll know how to bake the perfect baguette, buttery roll, fruit and nut loaf and pizza pie right at home!
    Bread Baking Basics

    65 Bleecker St, New York

    • Learn the ten steps of bread-making
    • Practice kneading, shaping, scoring and baking dough
    • Learn how to bake baguettes, buttery rolls, fruit and nut loaves, and pizza pies
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    21 positive reviews
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    Tango Date Night & Beginner Class

    Do your dance moves lack pizzazz? Is your go-to move The Carlton? Expand your repertoire with this tango class for beginners. You'll learn all the fundamentals of tango dance, including the basic steps and comfortable embrace, to gracefully glide across the dance floor. Not only will you discover a sensual side to yourself that you never knew existed, but you'll also receive a great workout. The moves you pick up in this class will give you the confidence to shake it on any dance floor.
    Tango Date Night & Beginner Class

    286 5th Ave, New York

    • Treat yourself and your significant other to an Argentine Tango date night, complete with a 3 course dinner with champagne, 1 red rose, a romantic tango CD, a 20% discount for future lessons, and 1 complimentary photograph!
    • Learn steps, combos, and embellishments during a 1-hour tango lesson
    • Enjoy a delicious three-course gourmet candlelight dinner
    • Put your new tango skills to work during a post-dinner social
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    Tango and Date Class

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    It certainly takes two to tango! This one-of-a-kind evening is perfect for couples seeking to spice things up, or to just plain have fun together! Enjoy a taste of tango as you take your first passionate steps in a welcoming and relaxing environment. A group of friendly, energetic, and experienced teachers will be on hand to ensure that you're up and dancing by the end of the class. Later in the evening, experience a fun side of tango not found anywhere else with tango games, stage tango poses, and even tango line dancing, all designed to ensure you have a fun night connecting with your partner. Whether you have always wanted to learn tango or have never thought of dancing at all, if you're tired of Netflix dates on the couch, this is the perfect way to heat up Date Night!
    Tango and Date Class

    500 8th Ave, New York

    • Discover the beauty and sensuality of the Argentine Tango while getting to know your partner
    • Learn basic tango steps under the guidance of a professional
    • Experience a unique and fun side of tango with games and even line dancing
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    42 positive reviews
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    Krav Maga (Union Square)

    Looking to advance your introductory Krav Maga skills? This class is designed for beginners who have some experience with the self defense system, or have taken the intro class at International Krav Maga New York already. You will not only go over some of the fundamentals taught in the intro class but learn hand to hand combat and counter techniques against chokes, bear hugs, and take-downs as well. You will also practice realistic scenarios under stressful exercises, teaching you how to react quickly. This class will help you build strength, speed, flexibility and balance through an intense cardio workout. Make sure to come in ready to defend yourself!
    Krav Maga (Union Square)

    99 University Place, 9th Floor, New York

    • Review fundamental techniques
    • Learn hand-to-hand combat and counter techniques against chokes, bear hugs, and take-downs
    • Practice realistic scenarios
    • Designed for beginners with some experience
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    Intro to Tango

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    Ever heard the expression it takes two to tango? Well for this class, it only takes one--and that's you! Take part in the elegant and traditional style of Argentine Tango in a friendly and supportive community of dancers. Learn from teachers whose structured and precise methods foster a fun environment to let your creativity and confidence flourish. With just one class you're guaranteed to be dancing the tango, and ready for more! Meet new people, get moving, and learn something new when you discover the beauty of Argentine Tango--because por que no?
    Intro to Tango

    500 8th Ave, New York

    • Learn the beginnings of the elegant style of Argentine Tango from an experienced community of dancers
    • Build confidence and meet new people looking for a new experiences, just like you!
    • Begin dancing the tango after just one lesson of the basic fundamentals
    • Hit the dance floor running... (err, dancing!) in this hands-on class where you'll learn as you go
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    42 positive reviews
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    Cupcake Making 101

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    Learn how to make cupcakes the Butter Lane way! All you need to bring is yourself, your friends, and a lot of excitement, they will provide everything else. This class is designed for everyone, from the baking enthusiast, to the person who just wants to assist (and eat). You will learn all of the basics through the making of three cupcake recipes (three cakes and 3 icings). Everything from measuring and prepping to working a mixer like a professional, and perfecting the right amount of butter and sugar to make the best tasting icing, you will do. You will even make Butter Lane's three classic icings, American Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Cream Cheese, and have the chance to mix your own version of their famous flavors, like Raspberry, Peanut Butter or Cinnamon. Butter Lane will even show you the secret to their distinctive swirl! You will end up with three batches of different kinds of cupcakes and one very big smile!
    Cupcake Making 101

    123 E 7th St, New York

    • Learn three cupcake recipes
    • Master American Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Cream Cheese icings
    • Mix your own flavors including Raspberry, Peanut Butter, and Cinnamon
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    133 positive reviews
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    Beyonce Dance

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    Would you rather die young than step foot on a treadmill? Are you jealous of the bodies of fit single ladies, thinking their bods are the best thing you never had? But does lifting weights to get the perfect bod make you think "Wow, pretty hurts"? Don't be broken-hearted, girl! It's time to upgrade you to a better workout! We're giving you the green light to bring your flaws and all to this irreplaceable dance class, where your instructor will teach you the best Beyonce dances out there! You'll be crazy in love with how quickly the class turns you into a hip hop star, plus your confidence will rocket to diva status! You'll discover that your superpower is being flawless, and with that power you can run the world! That's why you're beautiful! XO, Vimbly
    Beyonce Dance

    151 W 26th St, New York City

    • Boogie along to Queen B in this crazily fun dance class
    • Learn the iconic moves that Beyonce, one of the best performers in history, is known for
    • Get down with your bad self, strengthen your muscles, and build your confidence
    • Have some killer dance moves to pull out at your next party!
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    2 positive reviews
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    Basic Pole Dance

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    Pole dancing is more than just a provocative dance. It is an art form that lets you work on your mental and physical fitness, while expressing yourself. You will learn all the basics of pole dancing through a choreographed routine consisting of a spin, climb, descent from a climb, and a few sexy dance transitions to connect them. Have fun with this unique art form by being taught by experienced instructors with backgrounds in dance or other forms of health and fitness.
    Basic Pole Dance

    333 W 52nd St, New York

    • Learn the basics of pole dancing
    • Cover a choreographed dance
    • Movements include spins, climbs, descents, and transitions
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    8 positive reviews

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