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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    Zumba

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    If only there was a magical way to quickly dance your way to a better body... No forty minutes on the treadmill, no dumbbells -- oh wait, there is! Zumba is a combination of motivating music with fitness and Latin dance moves that provide a fun and highly effective calorie blasting workout. Using elements of salsa and merengue, learn choreography to embark on a calorie-burning adventure via sexy hip movements and fast-paced dance steps. Think of this as an epic Friday night dance party that actually improves your overall health!
    Zumba

    63-03 Fresh Pond Rd, Ridgewood

    • Experience Zumba, a combination of fun Latin dance steps and high-energy music
    • Spice up your workout with salsa and merengue steps fused with calorie-blasting fitness moves
    • Have an exciting time toning your entire body and watching the pounds melt away
    • No experience necessary
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    4 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

    • Overcome your fear of public speaking, no matter how severe it is
    • Observe a typical class to see if the program is right for you
    • Increase your communication skills and reduce anxiety in any situation
    • Work through your fears in a safe, supportive environment
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    103 positive reviews
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    Zumba (Aspire2Dance)

    Do you hear Latin beats everywhere you go? Find yourself consumed by an insatiable urge to dance? You might be coming down zumba fever! Zumba is an energetic dance fitness class that's revolutionized the world of exercise, helping countless people efficiently achieve results they never thought they could get. Practitioners of zumba benefit from a body-toning workout that burns through calories easily thanks to its varied forms, which effectively "shock" the body, leading to greater results. And it's as fun as it is effective! Zumba is built around exuberant dance moves and heart-thumping Latin and world beats. Choreography is such that anybody can join in, regardless of dance ability- so no excuses- come on down, get in shape, and have some fun!
    Zumba (Aspire2Dance)

    1195 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

    • Enjoy a Latin-inspired dance and fitness class with a friendly, motivating instructor
    • Dance to some high tempo songs to keep your workout fun and effective
    • Increase your strength, stamina, and overall health as you tone your entire body
    • Execute easy-to-follow moves anyone can benefit from, regardless of fitness level
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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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    26 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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    246 positive reviews
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    Beginner Silks

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    Silk, soaring, and the sky -- sounds a little like the life of Zeus. Beginner silks combines aerial, visual, and circus stunts, providing an elegant, energetic workout. With Aerial Arts NYC, you'll learn the fundamentals of silks -- one long piece of fabric attached in the middle to the ceiling -- including climbs, inversions, and dangling upside down. You'll be guided through simple choreography to perfect a beautiful and graceful routine. Channeling your inner cirque-du-soleil, indulge in a workout that challenges every muscle in your body. Fly like the Greek Gods... draped in silk!
    Beginner Silks

    235 E 49th St, New York

    • Learn the basics of aerial silks such as climbing, inverting, and hanging upside-down
    • Discover sequences, drops, slides, and flips that allow you to descend the fabric with style and grace
    • Exercise every muscle in your body through conditioning and choreography
    • No experience necessary
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    36 positive reviews
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    Terrarium Workshop (Astoria)

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    Break your weekly mundane routine with a therapeutic Tuesday night at Luludi Living Art! In this class, you'll have the opportunity to create your own delicate terrarium piece. Choose your container, plants, and other materials for your very own, personalized product. Your knowledgeable instructor will guide you along the way, ensuring that your final product will be worthy of display in your home or as a gift to a loved one. You'll work alongside a small group of like minded students and enjoy conversation as you marvel at each other's creations. Every one of you will feel the stress melt away--and realize that you really can have fun on a Tuesday night.
    Terrarium Workshop (Astoria)

    23-07 24th Ave, Astoria

    • Embrace your creativity in an hour-long feel-good DIY class, led by a knowledgeable instructor
    • Make delicate, ornamental terrariums to decorate your home or gift to a loved one
    • Enjoy conversation with like minded students in a private, comfortable environment
    • Add your own flair to your project by choosing your container, plants, and material
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    8 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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    21 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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    Basic Pole Dance

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    Pole dancing is more than just a provocative dance. It is an art form that lets you work on your mental and physical fitness, while expressing yourself. You will learn all the basics of pole dancing through a choreographed routine consisting of a spin, climb, descent from a climb, and a few sexy dance transitions to connect them. Have fun with this unique art form by being taught by experienced instructors with backgrounds in dance or other forms of health and fitness.
    Basic Pole Dance

    503 East 137th Street, , New York

    • Learn the basics of pole dancing
    • Cover a choreographed dance
    • Movements include spins, climbs, descents, and transitions
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    9 positive reviews

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