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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    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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    17 positive reviews
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    Hustle Beginners

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    "Do the hustle!" You were thinking it, right? Straight outta Brooklyn in the 1970s, the Hustle originated as a means to enjoy the disco craze. From Donna Summer to The Bee Gees and Barry White, club patrons hustled their way across the dance floor. Now, it's about time to rediscover that dance craze. At Dance Fever Studios (the premier name in Hustle), you'll learn the fundamentals of this interactive dance, such as timing, side and back breaks, and turns. Whether it's at your next wedding or alone in the living room, you'll quickly become comfortable and confident with these rad moves.
    Hustle Beginners

    3009 Avenue J, New York

    • Learn the fundamentals of the traditional hustle dance, including timing, side and back breaks, and turns
    • Become more comfortable and confident on the dance floor
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Paint & Sip - $29

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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.
    Paint & Sip - $29

    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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    BYOB Painting (Harlem)

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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 (Harlem)

    15 West 116th Street, 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Introductory Meisner Technique

    Are your friends tired of hearing you say, in your most dramatic voice, "I could have been somebody!?" Maybe it's time to take that love of theatrics to the stage. In this introductory audit class, you'll work alongside other aspiring actors to develop your craft. Learn the Meisner-based method of acting from professional instructors in a studio that has been internationally recognized for its quality of instruction. You'll step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself both physically and emotionally through "reality of doing," a major component to the Meisner method. By the end you'll have strengthened your imagination, developed improvisation techniques, and grown as a budding actor.
    Introductory Meisner Technique

    939 8th Avenue, New York

    • Practice the Meisner-based approach to acting within an internationally recognized learning environment
    • Get an introductory look into techniques through a one-time audit
    • Build your craft as you learn from fellow actors
    • Take the next step in making your dreams of acting a reality
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    Tuscan Kitchen

    Take your tastebuds on a trip through Tuscany! Learn to create a multi-course meal with hands-on experience in a creative culinary environment! True to the Tuscan countryside, you'll make flavorful homestyle dishes, including a simple appetizer, perfect risotto, a hearty stew, and a perfectly seared steak. For dessert, you'll also learn to poach fruit and create a complimentary wine sauce! Master these dishes alongside a small group of fellow aspirants, working in tandem around a stocked cooking station. And when the hard part is done, the tasting commences with a post-class meal around the dinner table!
    Tuscan Kitchen

    1403 Clinton St, Hoboken

    • Create a full course of Tuscan dishes during a social cooking class
    • Work with fellow students in a fun social environment under the guidance of a culinary professional
    • Sit down and enjoy the products of your labor during a post-instruction meal
    • Enhance your cooking repertoire by picking up new skills and mastering new recipes
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    Painting Fundamentals

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    Beginners, intermediates, experts -- all levels are welcome in this extraordinary class of painting fundamentals. Master important lessons with one-on-one expert art instruction catered to your needs and interests. You will learn painting techniques, such as color mixing, color value, composition, glazing, brushwork, paint application, and texture. Next, explore the important skills that will jumpstart your template to creative training. Whatever inspires you most, whether it's painting from still life, landscape, or abstraction, will be your choice to choose from. Rid your body and mind of the stresses that await you at your doorstep every night, and release yourself in this inspiring class.
    Painting Fundamentals

    145 W 96th St, New York

    • Explore painting techniques such as composition, color value, and color mixing
    • Examine the fundamentals of glazing, brushwork, paint application, texture and more
    • Paint from still life, landscape, abstraction, and form your own inspiration
    • Relax, de-stress, and appreciate the lasting health benefits of art
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    53 positive reviews
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    Tango

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    Come see first-hand why Argentine Tango has been exhilarating dancers and impressing audiences for over 100 years! This beginner Argentine Tango class covers basic fundamental moves, such as inline and outside partner walking, 6 count resolution box, and front ochos, necessary to navigate the dance floor. You'll be able to let yourself get caught up in the rhythm as the tango is a passionate and improvised dance. This class is designed for the absolute beginner so there is no prior experience required. You won't believe your eyes as you will be dancing in no time!
    Tango

    37 West 26th Street , New York

    • Covers basic walking, lead and follow techniques
    • Learn inline and outside partner walking, front ochos and 6 count resolution box steps
    • No partner is required
    • No experience necessary
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    30 positive reviews
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    Pop Star Dance Fitness

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    Getting drenched in sweat usually isn't the best way to channel your inner diva, but this is one fitness dance class might just prove the exception. That's because you'll be busting your booty to some of the best of pop star choreography, getting a great workout and having a great time at the same time. Each class focuses on a specific pop star and music video, and over the course of the class you'll master the moves featured in the video while dancing to high energy beats. In the process, you'll get a great aerobic workout, improve your stamina, flexibility, and motor coordination, and tone your body. You'll also find in Banana Skirt Productions' studio a supportive, collaborative fitness studio where you can let loose and be yourself. Yourself being Beyonce, of course.
    Pop Star Dance Fitness

    500/519 8th Ave, New York

    • Join an innovative dance fitness class for a workout based on pop star choreography
    • Tone your body and improve your strength and stamina while dancing
    • Learn some hip new dance moves to break out in the club later on
    • Have a fun time and build your confidence in a high-energy, supportive studio
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    8 positive reviews
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    Advanced Tango

    Are you a trained dancer with at least 2 years of experience? Join this advanced class to master Tango skills like you never thought you could. From learning technical movements to improvising with your own personal flare, this class is sure to challenge your technical skills and creativity all while meeting new people and making new friends. Your expert instructor will come equipped with all the knowledge needed to expand your Tango skills and technique. On your next night out dancing, make sure to bust out your new moves. They will be sure to impress the crowd!
    Advanced Tango

    133 E 27th St, New York

    • Refine your traditional Argentine Tango techniques with an expert instructor
    • Learn advanced step combinations with complex embellishments
    • Develop your own style and improvisation skills
    • Explore musicality with various rhythms and orchestras
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