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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    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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    AcroBalance and Games

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    Discover the old yet beautiful art of acrobalance, in which you and a partner will create fun, interesting and beautiful structures using only your bodies. As either a base or a flyer, you'll be one half of amazing feats of balance and strength. Under the guidance of your expert instructor, you will tone and condition your body, learn how to partner your body, work on your balance, and learn to communicate verbally and physically. Whether you come with a partner or meet a new one in class, you'll love the thrill of aerial poses.
    AcroBalance and Games

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Explore the art of acrobalance with a beginner's class
    • Work with a partner to create beautiful and interesting shapes with your bodies
    • Increase your strength, flexibility, and communication skills
    • No experience necessary
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    39 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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    47 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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    3 positive reviews
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    Pop Star Dance Fitness

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    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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    8 positive reviews
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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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    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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    Meditation

    Whether you're tense and stressed after a long day at work, or just want some peace and quiet away from your busy day-to-day life, meditation has the answer. Find yourself de-stress and relax at the end of this 75-minute session. The yoga poses and breathing exercises that make up asana and pranayama will help you increase your flexibility, strength, and energy. These movements, along with some guided seated meditation, will also help you calm and clear your mind. Shhhh. We're trying to meditate in here.
    Meditation

    33-02 Broadway, New York

    • Relax and partake in some self exploration with this meditation class
    • Feel enlightened and soothed from a combination of gentle asana (moving meditation), pranayama (breathing exercises) and guided seated meditation
    • Bring your own cushion for maximum comfort and stress-relieving
    • Take these new techniques home with you and learn how to let loose anytime you want!
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    Incredible Handmade Pizza

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    Everyone knows the Big Apple turns out some of the best pizza around. So how 'bout a challenge? Here's to YOU becoming the next pizza king of the city! Join this group class to learn the secret tricks behind making a killer, one-of-a-kind thin crust and then delve into the history behind some of the most popular pies at the top of Gotham's list. You'll also pick up a few bonus skills as we create delicious Donut, drizzled with a home-made Chocolate Sauce. Bring your friends and the drinks and we'll share some of NYC's best kept pizza secrets! BYOB
    Incredible Handmade Pizza

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Learn to make yummy New York-style pizza alongside a professional chef
    • Improve your cooking skill set in a professional kitchen with hands-on practice in a group setting
    • Enhance the social quality of the experience by bringing your own adult drinks
    • Enjoy a pizza meal prepared from fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection
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    86 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Chelsea)

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    Ever find yourself strolling through a museum thinking I could do that, no problem? And then, upon making the attempt, do you 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 a blank canvas. Learn the basics from an experienced instructor, such as how to mimic the strokes of your favorite artist. Recreate a masterpiece -- by the end of the night, you'll be amazed with what you've accomplished.
    BYOB Painting (Chelsea)

    39 W 14th St, New York

    • Learn step-by-step how to recreate a famous painting from Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso and others
    • Relieve stress through a relaxing, social 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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    102 positive reviews

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