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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    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs

    The fate of a life rests on your shoulders. Sure, it’s a fictional life…but your shoulders are real. While investigating a missing lab employee's disappearance, Biotech Labs did not cooperate with your detective team. Your team decides to search Biotech Labs without a warrant. With the security system disabled for one hour, your team is given a chance to sneak in to search the space for evidence, specifically a data disk. Upon entering, the security system initiates its reactivation and locks the door, forcing your team to find a way to escape the nebulous organization called Biotech Labs. During this escape room adventure, you’ll find yourself locked in the insidious Biotech Labs, where you’ll have to search the room for clues and solve a series of puzzles to determine the location of a missing man. To make the challenge even more pressing you’re put up against the clock, with one hour to solve the puzzle and escape the locked room before your goose is cooked. Luckily, you’ll have a small team to aid you in your task. Together, you’ll need to use the powers of your collective observational and critical thinking skills to unravel the mystery and save the day!
    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs

    365 7th ave, New York

    • Participate in a thrilling interactive game during which you must locate a data disk containing details of a man’s disappearance
    • Work within the 60-minute time limit to attempt to outwit the evil organization that you’re up against
    • Put your critical thinking skills and teamwork abilities to the ultimate test as you piece together clues
    • Enjoy an exciting and challenging game filled with anticipation and twists
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    Intro to Improv

    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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    167 positive reviews
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    Sushi and Dumplings (BYOB)

    The art of sushi making takes years to master but we’ll get you up and running by the end of the evening, so that you can recreate the fun at home! We’ll teach you the basics of making a delicious make and tempi rolls, that looks great and tastes even better. Experiment with your own combination of flavors to create a delicious roll. We’ll also introduce you to the gentle art of dumpling folding and instruct you on a variety of ways to prepare them for your next dinner date. Bring your own drinks and come have fun in the kitchen with us! *This workshop does not use raw fish; instead we use veggies, crabmeat sticks and more.
    Sushi and Dumplings (BYOB)

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Bring your own drink to sip on as you perfect seasoning sushi rice
    • Roll delicious types of rolls such as California, hand rolls and "inside out" rolls
    • Learn to form your own veggie dumplings
    • Enjoy a memorable culinary experience with friends or a date
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    44 positive reviews
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    Argentine Tango

    Ever heard the expression it takes two to tango? Well for this class, it only takes one--and that’s you! Take part in the elegant and traditional style of Argentine Tango in a friendly and supportive community of dancers. Learn from teachers whose structured and precise methods foster a fun environment to let your creativity and confidence flourish. With just one class you’re guaranteed to be dancing the tango, and ready for more! Meet new people, get moving, and learn something new when you discover the beauty of Argentine Tango--because ¿por qué no?
    Argentine Tango

    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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    36 positive reviews
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    Make Your Own Chocolate Bars

    Calling all chocoholics! It’s time to celebrate the world’s favorite sweet treat! During this chocolatiering experience, you’ll mold and top 6 delicious chocolate bars using only the finest quality of ingredients. You’ll get to personalize your treats every step of the way, from choosing your favorite kind of base chocolate to selecting delicious ingredients and flavors to boot! At the end of the session, you’ll get to decorate and beautifully package your gourmet goodies to give away as delicious gifts… or to keep and devour (your sweet tooth will thank you)!
    Make Your Own Chocolate Bars

    221 W 79th St, New York

    • Mold and top 6 mouthwatering chocolate bars
    • Work with fine tempered chocolate, gourmet ingredients and toppings, and professional tools
    • Customize your creation every step of the way, including decoration and packaging
    • Indulge in the world’s most celebrated treat during a chocolatiering experience
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    10 positive reviews
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    Pole Dancing

    Looking for something new to pull you out of your same old routine? Try something fun, acrobatic and sexy... try pole dancing! This introductory pole dancing class will teach you the art of pole dancing through basic skills and techniques, including grips, climbs and inversions. As you build your pole knowledge, you’ll also increase your strength and flexibility as well. Twirl, twinkle and welcome this alternative form of exercise and artistic expression. Who knows? You might have just found your next favorite activity!
    Pole Dancing

    355 7th Ave, New York

    • Discover the fundamental moves and techniques of pole dancing
    • Improve your overall strength and flexibility in a welcoming environment
    • Build your pole knowledge, confidence, and maybe even a great performance
    • No experience necessary
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    3 positive reviews
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    Make Your Own Exquisite Chocolate Truffle

    Calling all chocoholics! It’s time to celebrate the world’s favorite sweet treat! During this chocolatiering experience, you’ll dip and decorate 16 impressive truffles in a variety of mouthwatering flavors using only the finest quality of ingredients. You’ll get to personalize your treats every step of the way, from choosing your favorite kind of base chocolate to selecting delicious ingredients and flavors to boot! At the end of the session, you’ll get to beautifully package your chocolates to give away as delicious gifts… or to keep and devour (your sweet tooth will thank you)!
    Make Your Own Exquisite Chocolate Truffle

    221 W 79th St, New York

    • Dip and decorate 16 exquisite truffles in a variety of mouthwatering flavors
    • Work with fine tempered chocolate, gourmet ingredients and toppings, and professional tools
    • Customize your creation every step of the way, including decoration and packaging
    • Indulge in the world’s most celebrated treat during a chocolatiering experience
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    10 positive reviews
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    Make-Your-Own Chocolates: 3-D Molding

    Calling all chocoholics! It’s time to celebrate the world’s favorite sweet treat! During this chocolatiering experience, you’ll make and personalize your own chocolate figure using only the finest quality of ingredients. You’ll get to personalize your creation every step of the way, from choosing your favorite kind of base chocolate to selecting delicious ingredients and flavors to boot! At the end of the session, you’ll get to decorate and beautifully package your gourmet goodie to give away as a cute and delicious gift… or to keep and devour (your sweet tooth will thank you)!
    Make-Your-Own Chocolates: 3-D Molding

    221 W 79th St, New York

    • Create and personalize your own chocolate figure
    • Work with fine tempered chocolate, gourmet ingredients and toppings, and professional tools
    • Customize your creation every step of the way, including decoration and packaging
    • Indulge in the world’s most celebrated treat during a chocolatiering experience
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    10 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting - $35

    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.
    BYOB Painting - $35

    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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    Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp

    In case you didn’t know, the word burlesque is derived from the Italian word “burla,” meaning a joke or mockery. You don’t make a mockery of yourself however. At Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp, you’ll learn a combination of exercises mixed with a burlesque twist, designed to elevate your heart rate and burn calories. Learning fun and sexy routines, you’ll work your best assets, titillating any man or woman in view. Everything in this half workout, half intro to burlesque class is done in the spirit of loving your body as it is right now. The only thing you’ll want to change... is into some lingerie, fishnets, or some bright lipstick. Meow!
    Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp

    151 W 26th St, New York

    • Exercise your body through this half workout, half intro to burlesque class designed to elevate your heart rate and burn calories
    • Work on toning and strengthening exercises drawn from ballet and yoga
    • Express yourself with sensual burlesque moves
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    17 positive reviews

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