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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    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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    Intro to Watercolor

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    Do you think watercolor is just for kids? Think again! You'll learn exactly what watercolor is all about in this introductory class. Michiyo Art Studio will go over the basic watercolor techniques and give you an opportunity apply those skills through painting a beautiful masterpiece of your own. Whether you are absolutely new to watercolor or have taken a class or two, this workshop is the ideal atmosphere to develop your fundamentals and unleash your inner artist!
    Intro to Watercolor

    59 Franklin St, New York

    • Learn the basics of watercolor
    • Practice your fundamentals through painting a masterpiece of your own
    • No experience necessary
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    10 positive reviews
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    Intro to Tai Chi & Qi Gong (Upper West Side)

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    Tai Chi embraces an ancient form of movement used by the Taoists in China. In ancient times, Taoists used the martial art as a form of relaxation, creating a sense of oneness and awareness of the body and its movements. If people are still practicing and promoting its health benefits after all these years, they must be doing something right! During this martial arts class, you will learn to prevent body strain by paying close attention to how the body flows during the opening movements of Tai Chi. Throughout the process, you'll strengthen both your cardiovascular and immune systems, while revitalizing your energy, stamina, and agility. Come and exercise your heart, mind, body, and soul.
    Intro to Tai Chi & Qi Gong (Upper West Side)

    105th St and Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan

    • Learn the opening movements of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese tradition
    • Become aware of the flow of movement that prevents body strain
    • Renew energy, stamina, and agility
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Chapter 3: Cafe Belim Escape Room

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    Cafe Belim was the place to go. It was a frequent gathering spot for artists, musicians and students. Despite its success, the doors to such a paradise came to a close as the owner disappeared without a word. Detective Grant sent your team to investigate the cafe as there were reports of unexplained illnesses. Quarantined in the room due to the bio-hazard risk, you will have an hour to uncover what could have caused the cafe to close in addition to escaping the room. During this escape room adventure, you'll find yourself trapped in a once popular cafe. There you will find evidence regarding the mysterious disappearance of its owner, and unravel the mystery of the attack that left you quarantined within the coffee shop. While you have only sixty minutes to get the job done before your face melts off, you'll have help thanks to the small team trapped with you. Together, you'll need to exercise your collective observational and critical thinking skills to safely escape.
    Chapter 3: Cafe Belim Escape Room

    365 7th ave, New York

    • Participate in a thrilling interactive game in which you must escape from a coffee house under a biological attack
    • Work within the 60-minute time limit to solve the mystery that will let you survive the attack
    • Put your critical thinking skills and teamwork abilities to the ultimate test as you piece together clues
    • Enjoy an exciting and challenging game filled with anticipation and twists
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    17 positive reviews
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    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs Escape Room

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    The fate of a life rests on your shoulders. Sure, it's a fictional lifebut your shoulders are real. While investigating a missing lab employee's disappearance, Biotech Labs did not cooperate with your detective team. Your team decides to search Biotech Labs without a warrant. With the security system disabled for one hour, your team is given a chance to sneak in to search the space for evidence, specifically a data disk. Upon entering, the security system initiates its reactivation and locks the door, forcing your team to find a way to escape the nebulous organization called Biotech Labs. During this escape room adventure, you'll find yourself locked in the insidious Biotech Labs, where you'll have to search the room for clues and solve a series of puzzles to determine the location of a missing man. To make the challenge even more pressing you're put up against the clock, with one hour to solve the puzzle and escape the locked room before your goose is cooked. Luckily, you'll have a small team to aid you in your task. Together, you'll need to use the powers of your collective observational and critical thinking skills to unravel the mystery and save the day!
    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs Escape Room

    365 7th ave, New York

    • Participate in a thrilling interactive game during which you must locate a data disk containing details of a man's disappearance
    • Work within the 60-minute time limit to attempt to outwit the evil organization that you're up against
    • Put your critical thinking skills and teamwork abilities to the ultimate test as you piece together clues
    • Enjoy an exciting and challenging game filled with anticipation and twists
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    17 positive reviews
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    Painting Workshop (Brooklyn)

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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 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.
    Painting Workshop (Brooklyn)

    309 Roebling St, Brooklyn

    • 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
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    16 positive reviews
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    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    Ever want to be that cool cat that knows where all the hidden nightspots are? This tour is your chance. Led by a neighborhood insider that knows everybody and who everybody knows, you'll hit the floor of one Harlem's most legendary venues, Minton's Playhouse. The "birthplace of bebop" was the stomping ground of some of the biggest jazz icons of the mid-20th century. If you're a jazz vocalist or musician, you might even get to jam alongside the world-class performers of the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet. In addition to partying at Minton's Playhouse, you'll pay homage to some of the great musicians enshrined on the walls of the landmark Apollo Theater. While these two destinations are must-stops, your tour guide might elect to spontaneously divert you to one of the many local dive bars in Harlem if she catches word of an impromptu jam session breaking out that can't be missed. This is a Harlem experience you won't get through any travel book!
    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    Columbus Circle, New York

    • Discover a jazz bar on a hidden Harlem street that has been frequented by some of the biggest names in music
    • Take in two sets of live jazz jams by a world-class band
    • Visit the historic Apollo Theater and other Harlem hot spots
    • Enjoy an evening of entertainment and musical education
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    Artisan Pizza Making

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    Thick or thin crust? You decide! Come learn the best baking techniques as you create your own personal Pizza master piece. Receive hands-on instruction from our Artisan Bakers on mixing your own Pizza dough and skillfully choosing your toppings. After the bake, enjoy your handiwork with a glass of Wine, Belgian Beer or Juice (included with your class purchase) at our communal table with your fellow Pizza makers. Leave with your own hand made dough and home-made sauce to continue your Pizza making at home!
    Artisan Pizza Making

    65 Bleecker St, New York

    • Discover the basics on how to create your own artisan pizza
    • Learn how to mix pizza dough by hand, and make crispy crusts at home with a conventional oven
    • Sit down at Le Pain Quotidien's communal table and taste your delicious creation
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    22 positive reviews
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    Intro to T’ai Chi

    Tai Chi embraces an ancient form of movement used by the Taoists in China. In ancient times, Taoists used the martial art as a form of relaxation, creating a sense of oneness and awareness of the body and its movements. If people are still practicing and promoting its health benefits after all these years, they must be doing something right! During this martial arts class, you will learn to prevent body strain by paying close attention to how the body flows during the opening movements of Tai Chi. Throughout the process, you'll strengthen both your cardiovascular and immune systems, while revitalizing your energy, stamina, and agility. Come and exercise your heart, mind, body, and soul.
    Intro to T’ai Chi

    520 8th ave, New York

    • Learn the opening movements of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese tradition
    • Become aware of the flow of movement that prevents body strain
    • Renew energy, stamina, and agility
    • No experience necessary
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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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    15 positive reviews

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