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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    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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    6 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting Workshop (2.5hr - Midtown)

    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 Workshop (2.5hr - 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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    15 positive reviews
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    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs

    The fate of a life rests on your shoulders. Sure, it's a fictional lifebut 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Sculpture Without Sight

    Touch is the first sense to develop when we are born. Yet most of our life is experienced through sight and sound. In this class, you'll be taken back to the very beginning. Explore your sense of touch by sculpturing...without sight. You will receive an introduction to basic clay sculpturing. Then you will sculpt...blindfolded! You will be given a subject to sculpt and using only your sense of touch and memory, you will create. This session is not about the finished sculpture, but the process of feeling your way through a mental image. No sculpture experience necessary. Just your willingness to express yourself through touch. At the end, you will get a photo of your sculpture to take home with you. Bring your own bottle of wine, friends, spouses, co-workers and enjoy the experience.
    Sculpture Without Sight

    547 W 27th St, New York

    • Try your hand at sculpting without your eyes and rediscover your sense of touch
    • Pick up the basics of sculpting before you put on the blindfold
    • Bring a bottle of wine to get your imagination moving
    • Tap into your creativity and open the floodgates for self-expression and exploration
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    Painting Workshop (2hr - Brooklyn)

    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 (2hr - Brooklyn)

    438 Union Ave, 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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    17 positive reviews
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    Ratchet Zooba

    This dance workout class gives all new meaning to the term, “fitness club.” That’s because you’ll being getting fit while shaking your booty club-style, dancing in tandem with a fitness instructor to some of today’s most thumping music beats. Featuring a lighting and sound system just like what you might find at an actual club, you might end up having so much fun that you’ll hardly notice you’re getting a workout! But while you’ll certainly be smiling, you’ll also be engaged in an effective interval training program that offers a full body workout, improving your body tone, stamina, strength, and flexibility. You’ll even add a few new moves to unleash on the dance floor!
    Ratchet Zooba

    500/519 8th Ave, New York

    • Join an innovative dance fitness class featuring club music and lighting
    • 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Silks

    Are you easily impressed by air-defying acrobatics? Come try them for yourself with a beginner aerial silks class! Learn what it feels like to dance through the air on a piece of sturdy fabric hanging from the ceiling. You will practice a variety of climbs, wraps, and poses with a focus on transitions and fluidity. As you develop your strength, you will advance to more difficult moves such as drops and choreography. This is a great way to begin your journey towards reaching new heights and conquering any fears you may have, height-wise or not. Wrap yourself in silks in this great circus experience!
    Silks

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Be introduced to the art of aerial silks and its variety of acrobatic aspects
    • Discover your personal affinity for being free in the air, assisted by your sturdy silk
    • Practice climbs, wraps and poses and enhance your strength
    • Exercise your mind and body as both develop new strength and dexterity
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    8 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting

    Sure, you’re no Van Gogh, but with a bit of inspiration from a glass of wine and guidance from a certified painting instructor, you’ll be one step closer! Invite your friends to this BYOB painting class and engage in some therapeutic artistic release. You and the rest of the class will be painting a picture chosen as the theme for the night. It doesn’t matter if you’re clumsy with the brush or if you’re a modern-day Picasso. Your talented painting instructor will give you tips to ensure that you’ll churn out a piece you’ll be proud to display in your home. Brushes up!
    BYOB Painting

    41 Avenue S , Brooklyn

    • Learn to paint the chosen picture of the night
    • Sip on your drink as you color your canvas
    • Leave with your beautiful 16” by 20” masterpiece
    • Bring your friends and bond with them over a fun, artistically therapeutic activity
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    Pop Star Dance Fitness

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    A Taste of India (Vegan / BYOB)

    Have your last couple of forays in the kitchen been a bit tame or even downright bland? Add a little spice to the kitchen with the Indian Spice Market class from Taste Buds Kitchen. You’ll discover how the spice blends to your favorite Indian meals. You’ll learn how to make Garam Masala, Tofu & Chickpea Tikka Masala, fresh handmade Naan, and Veggie Samosas. This vegan menu is sure to please your every taste bud. Plus, you get to bring your own booze! Sounds exciting, right? It’s basicly the Kama Sutra of cooking classes.
    A Taste of India (Vegan / BYOB)

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Enter the world of Indian spices and all of the never-ending flavor combinations therein
    • Use whole and ground spices to make your favorite Indian dishes
    • Learn how to roast and prepare your own spice blends
    • Enjoy a delicious, vegan menu that will thrill your taste buds
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    2 positive reviews

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