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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    Paint & Sip

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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

    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 (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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    43 positive reviews
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    Intro to Tango Trial

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    Discover the mystery of the Argentine Tango… a unique and sophisticated dance with etiquette beyond the steps a sensual, relaxed, slow pace dance where the “embrace means acceptance” a new way to connect with people using the language of the body. We want to invite you to have a taste of tango and its culture. Come to find out about our school, our teachers and our learning system. In this “taste of tango” introductory class you will get a two hour class introducing you to all the basic fundamentals of tango. It is guaranteed you will be dancing by the end of the class. It’s a great way to begin tango for those who have never danced it before.
    Intro to Tango Trial

    500 8th Ave, New York

    • Learn the beginnings of the elegant style of Argentine Tango from an experienced community of dancers
    • Build confidence and meet new people looking for a new experiences, just like you!
    • Begin dancing the tango after just one lesson of the basic fundamentals
    • Hit the dance floor running... (err, dancing!) in this hands-on class where you'll learn as you go
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    47 positive reviews
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    Modern Dance

    Modern dance is a beautiful art form that draws influences from ballet, African dance, jazz and more. Posture is less strict than traditional dance forms and allows for creativity and expression. This class will cover the essential moves, postures and legwork that form the foundation of Modern dance. Improve your overall fitness, flexibility and strength with an expressive art form that will still give you a fantastic cardiovascular workout. Enjoy the creativity that Modern dance allows and tell a story with the choreography that you will cover in class. Experience a workout that goes beyond fitness.
    Modern Dance

    430 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn

    • Get fit and have fun with the beautiful art form of modern dance
    • Learn the fundamentals of modern dance while enjoying a great workout
    • Tone your body and burn calories without even realizing you're working out
    • Enjoy the creativity and freedom of expression that modern dance allows
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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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    23 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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    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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    3 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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    Intro to Improv

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    Expose yourself to the hilarious world of improv! Drop into this class designed for everyone, and learn the fundamentals of improv from award-winning improviser Tom Soter, host of the long-running Sunday Night Improv comedy jam and co-author of A Doctor & a Plumber in a Rowboat: The Essential Guide to Improvisation. Scared to get on stage? Don't be! Soter provides a supportive and fun-filled environment, where you'll learn how to tap into your inner Robin Williams! Students receive a ticket to Sunday Night Improv. Leave your stage fright at the back of the theater!
    Intro to Improv

    150 W 46th St, New York

    • Learn the fundamentals of improv
    • Practice through exercises and training from veteran performers
    • Perform your own scenes
    • All levels welcome
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    12 positive reviews

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