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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    Handstands

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    What appeared on your childhood bucket list? Be the first President to ban broccoli, win the field day sack race, or maybe hold a handstand the longest? Channeling your inner acrobat, Aerial Arts teaches you the intricacies behind the challenging handstand. Improving your core strength, upper body, and balance, you'll learn the proper technique that will have you standing tall, upright, and unwavering... just upside down. In a fun and relaxed environment, embrace those childhood goals, and maybe even learn to walk on your hands!
    Handstands

    235 E 49th St, New York

    • Learn the proper form for balancing on your hands
    • Improve balance, and core and upper body strength as you practice handstands
    • Enjoy a fun and relaxed environment for a perfect workout
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    37 positive reviews
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    Beginner Static Trapeze

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    Flying through the air with the greatest of ease... ever dream of that? Aerial Arts NYC is here to make that dream a reality. In this mixed level Static Trapeze class, you will be working on a bar connected to the ceiling by two ropes. You'll learn poses and sequences, both below the bar and on the ropes, a foundation you can build into flips and momemtum-based skills and tricks. Before you know it, you will be onto the flying trapeze moves you've admired from afar. You'll be ready to run off and join the circus in no time at all!
    Beginner Static Trapeze

    235 E 49th St, New York

    • Learn poses and sequences from a single, stationary bar
    • Focus on the fundamentals of walking the trapeze by practicing perfect technique
    • Build a foundation to learn the more complex skills, such as flipping on the bar and momentum-based tricks
    • No experience necessary
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    37 positive reviews
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    Tango Date Night: Dinner & Dancing

    Indulge your date in a seductive evening spent learning the Argentine tango and a romantic dinner for two. During the one-hour lesson, top-rated Argentine Tango instructors will guide you through the basic steps of the sultry Argentine Tango and some fun sexy tango moves designed to stoke the fires between you. After the lesson, sit down to a candlelit three-course gourmet dinner. Then get back out on the dance floor and put what you’ve learned into action at the dance social and enjoy a special tango performance by the pros Whether you’re going on your first date or celebrating your 40th anniversary, this will be a sizzling night to remember!
    Tango Date Night: Dinner & Dancing

    8 East 36th Street, New York

    • Treat yourself and your significant other to an Argentine Tango date night, complete with a 3 course gourmet candlelight dinner with wine
    • World-class performance or Live Tango music & Live DJ dancing till midnight
    • Learn steps, combos, and embellishments during a 1-hour tango lesson
    • Put your new tango skills to work during a post-dinner social
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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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    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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    49 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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    4 positive reviews
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    Intro to Black and White Darkroom

    Have you ever wanted to create your own photograph? Or maybe you have always wondered what really goes on in the darkroom? The Bushwick Community Darkroom is offering that very experience. Bring in a roll of developed black and white film, and you will be taught how to use the equipment and proper chemistry to make prints from your own negatives. Designed for both the absolute beginner and anyone looking for a refresher course, you'll learn basic darkroom terms and practices. Take this class and tone, enlarge, and capture a higher quality photograph. You'll be surprised with what you see... or don't see.
    Intro to Black and White Darkroom

    1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

    • Learn basic darkroom terms and techniques
    • Hands-on experience in image manipulation using proper equipment and chemistry
    • Transform your own negative into a print of your creation
    • No experience necessary
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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

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

    Looking to upgrade your drawings from crooked stick figures to beautiful (or, at least, more beautiful) works of art? Then you've found the right place to do it! During this fun, engaging art class, you'll learn basic techniques for painting and drawing from talented instructors. Explore your creative side as you decorate your canvas with whatever whims you desire. This is your chance to ask all your burning art-related questions and to get the personalized attention you need to refine your artistic abilities. Take home a masterpiece at the end of the class and display it proudly in your own home!
    Drink and Draw

    27-16 23rd Ave, Queens

    • Learn to paint and draw from talented artists
    • Practice techniques that will take your stick figures to a whole new level
    • Take home a masterpiece at the end of the class that you can show off proudly
    • Explore your creative side in a casual, friendly environment
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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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