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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    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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    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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    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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    2 positive reviews
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    Handmade Ricotta Ravioli

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    Ravioli ravioli, give me the formuoli! You don’t have to trick Spongebob for this one. Learn to make pasta dough from scratch, fill your ravioli and finish it off with a brown butter sage sauce. You will be using the freshest ingredients in this class. This event will be fun and casual but instructive. This event is available for you whether you want to be apart of every step, or just the oh-so-necessary taste tester.
    Handmade Ricotta Ravioli

    1717 Broadway, New York

    • Learn to make ricotta ravioli from scratch
    • No experience required
    • Show off your new skills to your friends
    • Enhance the fun with adult beverages available for purchase
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    17 positive reviews
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    Zumba (DANY studios)

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    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 (DANY studios)

    154 Utica 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Zumba (Williamsburg Movement & Arts)

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    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 (Williamsburg Movement & Arts)

    154 Utica 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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    8 positive reviews
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    Zumba (Spoke the Hub)

    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 (Spoke the Hub)

    295 Douglass St, 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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    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    Ever want to be that cool cat that knows where all the hidden nightspots are? This tour is your chance. Led by a neighborhood insider that knows everybody and who everybody knows, you'll hit the floor of one Harlem's most legendary venues, Minton's Playhouse. The "birthplace of bebop" was the stomping ground of some of the biggest jazz icons of the mid-20th century. If you're a jazz vocalist or musician, you might even get to jam alongside the world-class performers of the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet. In addition to partying at Minton's Playhouse, you'll pay homage to some of the great musicians enshrined on the walls of the landmark Apollo Theater. While these two destinations are must-stops, your tour guide might elect to spontaneously divert you to one of the many local dive bars in Harlem if she catches word of an impromptu jam session breaking out that can't be missed. This is a Harlem experience you won't get through any travel book!
    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    Columbus Circle, New York

    • Discover a jazz bar on a hidden Harlem street that has been frequented by some of the biggest names in music
    • Take in two sets of live jazz jams by a world-class band
    • Visit the historic Apollo Theater and other Harlem hot spots
    • Enjoy an evening of entertainment and musical education
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