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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    Ninja Warrior

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    Brooklyn Zoo teaches the beginner to the advanced student that wants to become the next ninja warrior. Learn to use the warp wall, salmon ladder, ropes, and many more obstacles. Who knows? You might just see one of your classmates performing at a real pro American Ninja Warrior event!
    Ninja Warrior

    230 Bogart St, Brooklyn

    • Learn a new set of impressive Ninja Warrior skills in an encouraging environment designed to prepare you for the actual Ninja Warrior course you see on TV!
    • Gain muscle strength, flexibility, and balancing skills while improving your confidence
    • Get a great full-body workout while having an incredible time
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    7 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Harlem)

    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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    Commercial Print Guide

    Do you often wonder how those happy people in magazines and print ads get the job? It takes more than just smiling! This hands-on class will teach you how to model on the set, get the perfect headshot and composite, and ace the "go-see." You'll receive the professionally proven skills that take others years to learn, which can be applied to all aspects of a performer's career. Be introduced to the methods used to acquire the knowledge of what your types are in print. Most importantly, you will be taught how to apply the necessary skills to ultimately get the job! Get on the fast track and learn from a professional well versed in the art of Commercial Print.
    Commercial Print Guide

    135 W 29th St, New York

    • Learn about the professional world of commercial print modeling with a class designed to jumpstart your career
    • Develop practical and all-encompassing skills to help you land the job of your dreams in a lucrative field
    • Develop the necessary techniques for a long and profitable experience
    • Gain insight from a teacher who knows the industry well
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    Shop & Cook: Union Square Farmers' Market

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    You'll wander through NYC's most famous Greenmarket, identifying the various local vegetables and fruits, while learning how to pick them at their peak flavor. You will then return to Camaje and learn step-by-step how to cook them all! The seasonal menu -- to be determined that day -- is largely vegetarian with fish being a main course. The class covers the entire process from shopping to stomach. With this knowledge you'll be whipping up tasty, fresh meals on your own in no time!
    Shop & Cook: Union Square Farmers' Market

    85 MacDougal St, New York

    • Identify a variety of fruits and vegetables found in the Union Square Farmers' Market
    • Pick out unique items to prepare a dish of your own
    • Learn how to cook and prepare your fresh ingredients into a delicious meal
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    61 positive reviews
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    Date Night Cupcake Class

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    Sprinkle a little sugar into your love life! Whether it's your first date or your twenty-fifth anniversary, you'll absolutely adore making cupcakes with your endearing "cupcake" Together, you two will go through Butter Lane recipes, covering everything from cake to icing. Mix, scoop, and ice your decadent cupcakes. Once they're baked, finished, and cooled, you'll take home a dozen to share with your super awesome partner. Add some sugar, add some icing, and totally spice up your love life.
    Date Night Cupcake Class

    123 E 7th St, New York

    • Learn how to make delicious Butter Lane cupcakes with your partner
    • Cover cake baking and icing techniques
    • Enjoy a fun, relaxing date
    • Take home and devour your amazing cupcakes
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    139 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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    Learn to Play Capoeira Music

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    Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form created by slaves in colonial Brazil. It combined ancient rituals and modern creativity into a rich fabric of motion, percussion, and song. A typical capoeira "game" includes traditional music, precise kicks, evasive defense moves, and breathtaking acrobatics. In this class you will have the opportunity to learn to play the instruments of the capoeira orchestra or "bateria". You will also learn about the berimbau rhythms and song. In the words of one of the renowned masters, capoeira is "a dance that is a fight and a fight that is a dance." Your rhythm is an important component of bringing the whole production together. As anyone who has seen capoeira can attest to, there is nothing else in the world like it.
    Learn to Play Capoeira Music

    440 Lafayette St, New York

    • Learn to play the instruments of the capoeira orchestra or "bateria"
    • Understand the cultural and historical significance of the berimbau rhythms and song
    • Practice various drumming techniques such as tone, slap, and bass as you learn the proper bounce and hand placement
    • Explore a new culture and get wrapped up in the excitement of this unique game-like performance
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    7 positive reviews
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    Beginner Bhangra

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    Do you have no idea what you would learn in this Beginner Bhangra Class? Well, here are the basics: Bangra is a folk dance that originated in the Punjab region of Pakistan and India. These classes will begin with a warm up, followed by basic step-by-step instruction of different Bhangra steps each week, and finally choreography training to put those moves to the beat! You will learn to bring your movement in sync with the music. No previous dance experience is necessary - only a smile! So come on in and let the music and dance infuse your spirit!
    Beginner Bhangra

    520 8th Ave, NYC

    • Enjoy this folk dance that originated in the Punjab region of Pakistan and India
    • Learn different, basic Bhangra steps each week with an experienced instructor
    • No previous dance experience is necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Sushi Making Gourmet Experience

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    If you love sushi, but hate those high prices, then skip the restaurants and let your sushi love go rogue with this DIY experience. During this class, you'll learn all the skills needed to make maki rolls as well as hand rolls (temaki). Get comfortable in the kitchen with which grains to use, how to cook and season the rice, and how to securely roll everything together. This gourmet class will also add rainbow roll, yellow tail, and crab stick skills. Bring a friend or your date for a delicious cooking and dining experience. Your wallet and your belly will thank you.
    Sushi Making Gourmet Experience

    307 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn how to make 3-4 maki sushi rolls and temaki (hand rolls)
    • Use fresh ingredients such as tuna, salmon, avocado, masago, daikon, burdock and tamago
    • Make the proper sushi rice for delicious rolls
    • Take home a complimentary, handmade ceramic soy sauce bowl
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    23 positive reviews
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    Capoeira

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    Dance, gymnastics, music, and... fighting? This sounds more like a Jackie Chan musical than an Afro-Brazilian workout. Well, it is in fact the latter. During this capoeira class, you'll learn the movements and dances associated with the art form. These fundamental movements will develop your coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, cardio, rhythm, and creative thinking. With deep origins in Afro-Brazilian history, you will also dive into the unique Portuguese vocabulary and culture. With so many positives, how can you not try it out?
    Capoeira

    197 Clifton Pl, Brooklyn

    • Learn capoeira basics by combining dance, gymnastics and music
    • Develop your coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, cardio, rhythm, and creative thinking
    • Discover the origins and history of this art form
    • Express yourself in a fun and positive way
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    4 positive reviews

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