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

August 8, 2018

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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    Knife Skills

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    Before you can cook you must learn how to use a knife. It is the important skill to have in the kitchen before heading to the stove. This introductory class will have you slicing and dicing like a pro in no time! You'll cover everything from the essential knives to use and how to properly hold them for efficiency, speed and safety, to the differences between sharpening and honing. You will also learn how to get the pungent garlic smell off your fingers. To put everything in perspective, you'll have the opportunity to test your skills by preparing Gazpacho and a fruit salad. What are you waiting for? Chop, chop!
    Knife Skills

    85 MacDougal St, New York

    • Learn which knives are essential to own
    • Understand how to hold the knife for efficiency, speed and safety
    • Discover the difference between sharpening and honing
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    65 positive reviews
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    Public Speaking Class

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    Overcome the fear of public speaking with gradual exposure, in a supportive environment. No matter how severe your issue or anxiety is, you can become a dynamic, confident communicator in virtually any speaking situation. The complimentary session is followed by an optional personal consultation, to help target the problem that you need help solving. Whatever the challenge -- formal presentation, group discussion, business meeting, sales confrontation, employment interview -- the program is customized to fit your needs. Face your fear in manageable steps, at your own pace.
    Public Speaking Class

    131 W 72nd St, New York

    • Observe a typical class to see if the program is right for you
    • Overcome your fear of public speaking, no matter how severe it is
    • Increase your communication skills and reduce anxiety in any situation
    • Work through your fears in a safe, supportive environment
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    107 positive reviews
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    Booze Guitar Lesson

    Need to loosen up a little before you get into your musical flow? This class will teach you the important basics of playing guitar, all with the added treat of wine and beer to aid your learning. Expect to learn technique, a variety of chords, and a repertoire of music from the American folk tradition. Through imitation, repetition, and focused learning you will explore proper left and right hand playing techniques. With complimentary drinks, this is sure to be an energetic and social guitar lesson!
    Booze Guitar Lesson

    126 St Felix St, Brooklyn

    • Learn beginner guitar techniques while relaxing with complimentary wine and beer
    • Train yourself to know a variety of genres and chords essential to guitar playing
    • Relax in a social atmosphere while bringing out the best of your music skills
    • Have fun learning something new while enjoying a refreshing drink
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    Aerial Hoop Intro

    You don't need to have green skin and live in Oz to defy gravity! With this class you can incorporate flight into your regular workout! In this session you will work with an aerial hoop, a strong metal ring suspended from the ceiling. With the help of an expert instructor you will learn the basics of aerial arts and get an incredible full body workout. The class is for absolute beginners, so don't be shy! Over the course of an hour you will do conditioning exercises, learn basic grips, and improve flexibility. The class will leave you feeling flexible, strong, and energized! Reach out, sign up, and improve your body and mind today!
    Aerial Hoop Intro

    43 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn Heights

    • Fly through the air with ease while enjoying a fun and challenging workout, led by an experienced professional
    • Learn basic grips and movements on the aerial hoop including spins, hangs, and balances
    • Stretch and strengthen your muscles while learning and practicing the artistry of aerial performance
    • Build confidence, meet new friends, and have fun!
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    Hand-Rolled Sushi Making Course

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    Sniffing around for a social cooking class that's a cut above the rest? Any way you slice it, this sushi-making masterpiece going to be saikou (the best)! Immerse yourself in a laidback culinary environment with a few fellow enterprising foodies. Work under the guidance of a professional sushi chef as you get hands-on instruction in constructing your own rolls. Learn to make perfect sushi rice, select the right fish, and enhance and compliment flavors with the perfect mix of gourmet additions. Featured ingredients include salmon, carrot, avocado, cucumber, and nori. You'll also learn about where to find ingredients in the city, and what equipment you'll need to recreate the magic at home. Plus, additional food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue, in case you'd like to enhance the fun a little further! Let the good times sushi roll!
    Hand-Rolled Sushi Making Course

    1717 Broadway, New York

    • Develop your culinary skills with a sushi-making class
    • Learn to prep ingredients and combine them into perfect rolls
    • Enhance the fun with food and drinks available for purchase
    • Treat yourself to a fun social cooking experience
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    34 positive reviews
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    Trapeze - All Levels

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    Trapeze: the furthest thing from a cheap thrill at a circus. This aerial apparatus can serve as the perfect medium for your own physically expressive performance. Learn to navigate this rope-attached steel bar that hangs from the ceiling (between two ropes). Practice climbs, poses, inversions, rolls, balances, and drops. Develop your abilities with creative sequencing and fluidity in your transitions, for a clean, precise aesthetic. Also, expect to train with conditioning exercises to maximize your capabilities. You will be given everything you need to understand and navigate the trapeze.
    Trapeze - All Levels

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the fundamentals and basics of trapeze
    • Condition yourself for seamless navigation on a trapeze
    • Roll, pose, and climb your way to trapeze aptitude like no other
    • Find inner balance, and ease your way into dynamic aerial ability
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    39 positive reviews
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    French Macaron Making

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    Learn to make French macarons to rival Laduree! Macarons are delicate confections made with almond flour, perfect for those who prefer gluten-free or dairy-free treats. In this fun and hands-on class you’ll learn tips and techniques for making delectable macarons, easy enough to be done in your home kitchen. Together with experienced instructors you will demystify the making of these highly sought-after meringue-based sandwich cookies. You’ll be guided step-by-step through the meringue mixing (macaronage), piping, baking, assembling and, of course, the eating! Plus, you’ll get to explore a few yummy flavor and filling variations. Most importantly: no experience required! This class is designed to be just as fun for the baking enthusiast who wants to be a part of every step as it is for the first-timer who’s happier observing and assisting (or taste testing).
    French Macaron Making

    1033 6th Ave, New York

    • Learn how to make delicious French macarons from scratch
    • Explore varieties of flavors and fillings to craft your own perfect confectionary concoctions
    • Have fun in a low-stress, welcoming environment open to all skill levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned experts
    • Enjoy eating your own scrumptious creations!
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    39 positive reviews
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    Capoeira: Music & Games

    Invented by enslaved Africans in Brazil, Capoeira is a martial art disguised as a tribal dance. Influenced by a blend of African cultures, this high energy and fun self-defense system is internationally popular with women, men and children as an exciting and fulfilling way to stay fit. During this class, you'll develop greater strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, rhythm, and agility as you practice kicks, ducks, spins, and other basic Capoeira moves. Engage in sequences with a partner, and learn to play the flowing Capoeira game under the guidance of a professional. With an emphasis on the rhythm, music and culture of Capoeira, you'll partake in sing alongs, instrument playing, and fun Capoeira games. Enjoy a unique combination of martial arts, dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music, all the while experiencing one of the most complete workouts and fitness programs you'll ever encounter!
    Capoeira: Music & Games

    107 Suffolk St, New York

    • Explore the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira
    • Practice Capoeira movements such as kicks, blocks, turns, and ducks
    • Engage in Capoeira sequences and freestyle flowing games
    • Partake in the culture of Portuguese with sing alongs and instruments
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    Meditation (30 min)

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    We all could use a break sometimes, if not everyday, and in this 30-minute meditation class you'll get just that! This 30 minute primer will help you clear your mind of the troubles that weigh you down. You'll learn mindfulness techniques that will help you still yourself and focus on the things that matter. You'll enjoy following the lead of an experienced instructor as you focus on your breathing and aligning your energies to create positive effects on the rest of your everyday life. Do it for your health. Do it for your mind. Do it for your heart. Now say it slowly with us: Na-mahhhhh-ste.
    Meditation (30 min)

    944 8th Ave, New York

    • Spend 30 minutes in a guided, group meditation led by an experienced professional
    • Refocus on your inner self to achieve a greater calm and generate more positive energy
    • Learn mindfulness techniques that will help you deal with stressful situations in the future
    • Remind yourself of what really matters in life, mainly your health and happiness
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    23 positive reviews
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    Zumba

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    When you see a zumba class in action, you quickly realize that you need to give it a try. Feel those exotic rhythms. Dance those sexy Latin steps. Feel your energy levels soar as your body gets fit. Zumba's a dance-fitness party that uses steps from salsa, merengue, rumba, and reggaeton to shape your body. There's no fitness class like this. Rooted in Latin traditions and featuring dance moves from any Friday night, you can start your day the right way... with a calorie-burning fiesta!
    Zumba

    32-43 Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing

    • Shape your body through Latin-inspired movements from dances such as merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, bachata, and more
    • Dance to easy-to-follow steps to keep your body moving in this exhilarating workout
    • Tone your arms, legs, abs, and glutes
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    7 positive reviews

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