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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    Stripper Strength: Booty Twerk, Jiggle n' Pop

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    Ever wonder how strippers manage to stay so fit? Add new depth to your striptease skills while pushing your endurance for a great workout in this twerk class! While conditioning your most important assets for a good tease, you will also be keeping your body in strong and healthy physical shape. Combine belly dance, salsa, reggae, hip-hop, and samba to strengthen and tone your legs and thighs. See your confidence reach new heights and use your new-found fitness to explore striptease techniques you never knew you were capable of. Be prepared to impress everyone, including yourself, with just how good you feel and look.
    Stripper Strength: Booty Twerk, Jiggle n' Pop

    520 8th Ave, New York

    • Learn how to twerk-enough said
    • Condition your ability and dexterity for creative striptease techniques
    • Stay at your peak physical fitness
    • Express yourself in sensual, jaw-dropping dance moves
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    12 positive reviews
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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    You're walking down a dark alley, a sketchy neighborhood, whatever you like, and a giant, threatening figure is coming right at you. Do you want to give up and hope the bigger person shows mercy...or do you want to level the playing field and bring your opponent to the ground- no matter how small you are? In this free-trial, introductory class, you'll discover that, in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, size certainly isn't everything. In an environment that's perfect for beginners, you'll go over the basics of grappling, ground fighting, and all the rest! Plus you'll build confidence, get a great workout...and take those crucial first steps in learning how to protect yourself
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    123 E 12th St, New York

    • Go over the basic fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    • Learn a martial art that allows a smaller person to defend against a bigger opponent
    • Gain the confidence that only comes from knowing how to protect yourself
    • No experience necessary
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    10 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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    136 positive reviews
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    Krav Maga (Upper West Side)

    Looking for some sweet skills? Turn your body into a flurry of fury by learning Krav Maga! Developed by the Israeli military, this highly effective self-defense system incorporates elements from multiple martial arts practices, including aikido boxing, judo, and wrestling. During this all-levels class, you'll receive professional instruction in the fundamentals of Krav Maga. You'll learn through stand-alone and partner drills, and hone your combat thinking during controlled sparring sessions. The dynamic environment provided by Krav Maga Experts makes room for both beginners and experts alike, so you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills against all levels of opponent. In the process of training, you'll also find yourself getting in a great workout, and developing the confidence and focus of someone trained in the martial arts. Plus, telling people you practice Krav Maga automatically makes you the coolest person in the room.
    Krav Maga (Upper West Side)

    250 W 100th St, New York City

    • Discover a powerful and efficient self-defense style that incorporates elements from several martial arts
    • Develop key skills in Krav Maga, such as powerful counter-attacks, fast reaction time, and strategic hand-to-hand combat thinking
    • Get a great cardiovascular workout that will help you develop muscle tone and body awareness
    • Experience the confidence boost that comes from developing martial arts proficiency
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    Aikido

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    A wise fighter never tries to harm his opponent, he only tries to make sure his opponent can cause no harm. That is exactly what you'll do while learning the martial art of Aikido. Aikido is all about learning to use the opponent's momentum against them. You'll learn to do just that from expert and passionate instructors at Aikido Westchester. You'll improve your coordination, balance, and stamina all while getting an extremely effective workout. Become the wise fighter you know you can be with Aikido of Westchester.
    Aikido

    100 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

    • Learn to gently defend yourself with the Japanese martial art of Aikido
    • Receive expert advice from passionate instructors
    • Improve your balance, coordination, and stamina while practicing the basic moves of the martial art
    • Leave feeling confident and and recharged
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    17 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Midtown)

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    Ever find yourself strolling through a museum thinking I could do that, no problem? And you go home to find yourself at a loss as to how to even start? If you're looking to recreate famous works of art -- Monet, Picasso, or even Van Gogh -- in one easy sitting, check out this Painting Workshop. In a fun, stress-free environment, let loose with some wine or beer and learn some basic tips from an experienced instructor on how to mimic the strokes of your favorite artist by recreating one of their masterpieces. By the end of the night, you'll be amazed with what you created.
    BYOB Painting (Midtown)

    40 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn step-by-step how to recreate a famous painting from Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso and others
    • Relieve stress through the creative form of art
    • Put your creative twist on museum staples
    • Sip on your own wine or beer in this fun environment
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    40 positive reviews
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    Make Your Own Chocolate Bars

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    Calling all chocoholics! It's time to celebrate the world's favorite sweet treat! During this chocolatiering experience, you'll mold and top 6 delicious chocolate bars using only the finest quality of ingredients. You'll get to personalize your treats every step of the way, from choosing your favorite kind of base chocolate to selecting delicious ingredients and flavors to boot! At the end of the session, you'll get to decorate and beautifully package your gourmet goodies to give away as delicious gifts...or to keep and devour (your sweet tooth will thank you)!
    Make Your Own Chocolate Bars

    221 W 79th St, New York

    • Mold and top 6 mouthwatering chocolate bars
    • Work with fine tempered chocolate, gourmet ingredients and toppings, and professional tools
    • Customize your creation every step of the way, including decoration and packaging
    • Indulge in the world's most celebrated treat during a chocolatiering experience
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    43 positive reviews
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    Krav Maga (Union Square)

    Looking for some sweet skills? Turn your body into a flurry of fury by learning Krav Maga! Developed by the Israeli military, this highly effective self-defense system incorporates elements from multiple martial arts practices, including aikido boxing, judo, and wrestling. During this all-levels class, you'll receive professional instruction in the fundamentals of Krav Maga. You'll learn through stand-alone and partner drills, and hone your combat thinking during controlled sparring sessions. The dynamic environment provided by Krav Maga Experts makes room for both beginners and experts alike, so you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills against all levels of opponent. In the process of training, you'll also find yourself getting in a great workout, and developing the confidence and focus of someone trained in the martial arts. Plus, telling people you practice Krav Maga automatically makes you the coolest person in the room.
    Krav Maga (Union Square)

    99 University Pl , New York

    • Discover a powerful and efficient self-defense style that incorporates elements from several martial arts
    • Develop key skills in Krav Maga, such as powerful counter-attacks, fast reaction time, and strategic hand-to-hand combat thinking
    • Get a great cardiovascular workout that will help you develop muscle tone and body awareness
    • Experience the confidence boost that comes from developing martial arts proficiency
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    Stretch & Flexibility

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    Did you ever learn how to properly stretch? High school soccer involved avoiding stretching more than actually stretching. Now that you're a little older, those tightened muscles need to release tension, so, when you stretch your hammies, it better be the right way. During this Aerial Arts NYC class, you'll learn proper posture and placement to stretch your muscles, moving through the spine and engaging the core. Releasing tension and increasing flexibility in the arms, legs, back, and everything in between, you'll work your way to a more agile and better feeling body.
    Stretch & Flexibility

    235 E 49th St, New York

    • Learn how to properly stretch the spine and engage your core
    • Stretch your arms, back, legs, and everything in between
    • Test your posture and placement for more effective stretches
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    33 positive reviews
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    Painting - $35

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    A dab here. A dab there. Take a sip. Repeat. Dab, dab, sip. Dab, dab, sip. You can really get into a rhythm with that painting and drinking! In this awesome class at Pinot's Palette Red Bank, you'll learn step-by-step how to create incredible works of art. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll work side by side with your friends or family and put paint to brush, brush to canvas, and glass to lips. And a funny thing happens when you combine art and alcohol -- your art starts to look a lot better. In fact, you might just walk out of there with a masterpiece! How will it look to you in the morning? We can't say.
    Painting - $35

    20 Ellis St, Staten Island

    • Create an incredible work of art with the help of an expert instructor and some liquid creativity
    • Sip on your favorite wine or beer from the venue's bar and enjoy it while you work side by side with your friends and family
    • Practice your art technique with the help of a professional who will help you work on your technique and answer your questions
    • Have fun and create a piece of art to take home!
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    16 positive reviews

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