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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    Bread Baking Basics

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    There isn't much better than the aroma or taste of freshly baked bread. Now imagine that you could be sharing that experience with family and friends in your very own kitchen... Imagine no more! This hands-on three hour bread baking class will refine your baking skills and discuss the ten steps of the bread-making process. You'll get to participate in each step from selecting the ingredients and kneading the dough to shaping, scoring and baking. Enjoy the fruits of your labor by taste-testing your own creations! By the end of class, you'll know how to bake the perfect baguette, buttery roll, fruit and nut loaf and pizza pie right at home!
    Bread Baking Basics

    65 Bleecker St, New York

    • Learn the ten steps of bread-making
    • Practice kneading, shaping, scoring and baking dough
    • Learn how to bake baguettes, buttery rolls, fruit and nut loaves, and pizza pies
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    21 positive reviews
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    Flip & Tuck Acrobatics - Beginner

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    Ever want to learn how gymnasts flip, tuck, and tumble? Or maybe you've always wanted to literally flip out? It's time to stop procrastinating and learn because let's face it, flips have always been cool. During this beginner class, you'll start off learning the basic fundamentals and techniques. From there, the acrobatics start as it's time to flip and tuck, exercises which have been shown to improve flexibility, core strength, and body alignment. Tune in your inner gymnast and flip out!
    Flip & Tuck Acrobatics - Beginner

    51 N 1st St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the fundamentals of flipping and tucking
    • Improve strength, flexibility, body alignment, and acrobatic skill
    • Experience the thrill of being upside down
    • No experience necessary
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    39 positive reviews
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    Beyonce Dance

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    Would you rather die young than step foot on a treadmill? Are you jealous of the bodies of fit single ladies, thinking their bods are the best thing you never had? But does lifting weights to get the perfect bod make you think "Wow, pretty hurts"? Don't be broken-hearted, girl! It's time to upgrade you to a better workout! We're giving you the green light to bring your flaws and all to this irreplaceable dance class, where your instructor will teach you the best Beyonce dances out there! You'll be crazy in love with how quickly the class turns you into a hip hop star, plus your confidence will rocket to diva status! You'll discover that your superpower is being flawless, and with that power you can run the world! That's why you're beautiful! XO, Vimbly
    Beyonce Dance

    151 W 26th St, New York City

    • Boogie along to Queen B in this crazily fun dance class
    • Learn the iconic moves that Beyonce, one of the best performers in history, is known for
    • Get down with your bad self, strengthen your muscles, and build your confidence
    • Have some killer dance moves to pull out at your next party!
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    2 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

    333 W 52nd St, New York

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

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    A wise fighter never tries to harm his opponent, he only tries to make sure his opponent can cause no harm. That is exactly what you'll do while learning the martial art of Aikido. Aikido is all about learning to use the opponent's momentum against them. You'll learn to do just that from expert and passionate instructors at Aikido Westchester. You'll improve your coordination, balance, and stamina all while getting an extremely effective workout. Become the wise fighter you know you can be with Aikido of Westchester.
    Aikido

    100 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

    • Learn to gently defend yourself with the Japanese martial art of Aikido
    • Receive expert advice from passionate instructors
    • Improve your balance, coordination, and stamina while practicing the basic moves of the martial art
    • Leave feeling confident and and recharged
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    17 positive reviews
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    Manhattan Group Graffiti Lesson

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    NYC has a way of leaving a mark on you. Now you can return the favor--with a professional graffiti lesson! Over the course of an hour, you'll be guided by working artists who see graffiti as more than just their name in bubble letters. Understand the cultural significance and provocative power of graffiti done right through informed insights and hands-on practice. Pick up basic skills that will serve as the foundational layer for your own graffiti-artist career. Shake up your perspective, and then go paint the town!
    Manhattan Group Graffiti Lesson

    1 Bleecker St, Manhattan

    • Learn the fundamental elements of graffiti art during an introductory lesson
    • Develop your appreciation for outdoor art under the guidance of working artists
    • Pick up a new creative hobby that your neighbors will love to witness in progress
    • Leave with warm memories, awesome selfies, and a great NYC Souvenir
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    2 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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    212 positive reviews
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    Private Chocolate Making

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    The way to anyone's heart is through the stomach. Win over that dashing crush of yours with homemade chocolates made with high-quality chocolate provided to you by Tache Artisan Chocolate. The treats you create will not only be tasty, but customized and much more meaningful than mediocre chocolates from the corner store! You'll spend an hour and a half in the chocolate factory learning everything from cultivating, tempering, tasting, coating, to decorating your own delicious chocolate delicacies! Then continue on to make popular treats like chocolate mustache lollipops, caramel kisses, chocolate bars, and grignotines (French chocolate clusters of dried fruits and nuts) using chocolate prepped just for you. If you're feeling adventurous, feel free to invent your own creations!
    Private Chocolate Making

    254 Broome St, New York

    • Learn to cultivate, taste, coat, and decorate your own chocolates
    • Create chocolate mustache lollipops, caramel kisses, chocolate bars with professionally-prepped chocolate
    • Bring home or gift all your creations in cute packaging
    • Exercise your creativity (and feed your hunger) in this fun class
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    25 positive reviews
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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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    14 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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    38 positive reviews

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