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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    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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    3 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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    130 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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    34 positive reviews
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    Intro to Improv

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    Here's a fact you know too well: You're so unfunny that funny stories become not funny when you tell them. And here's a fact you didn't know: Improv is not about trying to be funny! Say what? The way Magnet Improv does it, learning the art of improv is about presentation and interaction. Take who you are, your knowledge, experience, tastes and point of view, and by employing concrete techniques, play with other smart people doing just the same. That's how you get the magic of improvisation. You'll learn to do original, honest, and ridiculous funny work through games and exercises in this introductory level class. Develop skills that are useful in every aspect of your life, as it brings out the best in you in the classroom and beyond. If you're ready to take risks, you're ready for improv.
    Intro to Improv

    22 W 32nd St, New York

    • Learn the basics of improvisation through games and exercises that'll get you thinking on your feet
    • Meet new people looking to take risks and let loose just like you
    • Act as many different characters in a fun, relaxed environment
    • No experience necessary
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    204 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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    7 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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    25 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Chelsea)

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    Ever find yourself strolling through a museum thinking I could do that, no problem? And then, upon making the attempt, do you 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 a blank canvas. Learn the basics from an experienced instructor, such as how to mimic the strokes of your favorite artist. Recreate a masterpiece -- by the end of the night, you'll be amazed with what you've accomplished.
    BYOB Painting (Chelsea)

    39 W 14th St, New York

    • Learn step-by-step how to recreate a famous painting from Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso and others
    • Relieve stress through a relaxing, social 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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    120 positive reviews
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    Incredible Handmade Pizza

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    Everyone knows the Big Apple turns out some of the best pizza around. So how 'bout a challenge? Here's to YOU becoming the next pizza king of the city! Join our class to learn the secret tricks behind making a killer, one-of-a-kind thin crust and then delve into the history behind some of the most popular pies at the top of Gotham's list. You'll also pick up a few bonus skills as we create delicious Donut, drizzled with a home-made Chocolate Sauce. Bring your friends and the drinks and we'll share some of NYC's best kept pizza secrets! BYOB
    Incredible Handmade Pizza

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Learn to make yummy New York-style pizza alongside a professional chef
    • Improve your cooking skill set in a professional kitchen with hands-on practice
    • Enhance the social quality of the experience by bringing your own adult drinks
    • Enjoy a pizza meal prepared from fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection
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    65 positive reviews
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    Pole Dancing

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    Looking for something new to pull you out of your same old routine? Try something fun, acrobatic and sexy... try pole dancing! This introductory pole dancing class will teach you the art of pole dancing through basic skills and techniques, including grips, climbs and inversions. As you build your pole knowledge, you'll also increase your strength and flexibility as well. Twirl, twinkle and welcome this alternative form of exercise and artistic expression. Who knows? You might have just found your next favorite activity!
    Pole Dancing

    355 7th Ave, New York

    • Discover the fundamental moves and techniques of pole dancing
    • Improve your overall strength and flexibility in a welcoming environment
    • Build your pole knowledge, confidence, and maybe even a great performance
    • No experience necessary
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    8 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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