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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    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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    246 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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    43 positive reviews
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    Terrarium Workshop (Astoria)

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    Break your weekly mundane routine with a therapeutic Tuesday night at Luludi Living Art! In this class, you'll have the opportunity to create your own delicate terrarium piece. Choose your container, plants, and other materials for your very own, personalized product. Your knowledgeable instructor will guide you along the way, ensuring that your final product will be worthy of display in your home or as a gift to a loved one. You'll work alongside a small group of like minded students and enjoy conversation as you marvel at each other's creations. Every one of you will feel the stress melt away--and realize that you really can have fun on a Tuesday night.
    Terrarium Workshop (Astoria)

    23-07 24th Ave, Astoria

    • Embrace your creativity in an hour-long feel-good DIY class, led by a knowledgeable instructor
    • Make delicate, ornamental terrariums to decorate your home or gift to a loved one
    • Enjoy conversation with like minded students in a private, comfortable environment
    • Add your own flair to your project by choosing your container, plants, and material
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    8 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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    Advanced Tango

    Are you a trained dancer with at least 2 years of experience? Join this advanced class to master Tango skills like you never thought you could. From learning technical movements to improvising with your own personal flare, this class is sure to challenge your technical skills and creativity all while meeting new people and making new friends. Your expert instructor will come equipped with all the knowledge needed to expand your Tango skills and technique. On your next night out dancing, make sure to bust out your new moves. They will be sure to impress the crowd!
    Advanced Tango

    133 E 27th St, New York

    • Refine your traditional Argentine Tango techniques with an expert instructor
    • Learn advanced step combinations with complex embellishments
    • Develop your own style and improvisation skills
    • Explore musicality with various rhythms and orchestras
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    Beginner Bhangra

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    Do you have no idea what you would learn in this Beginner Bhangra Class? Well, here are the basics: Bangra is a folk dance that originated in the Punjab region of Pakistan and India. These classes will begin with a warm up, followed by basic step-by-step instruction of different Bhangra steps each week, and finally choreography training to put those moves to the beat! You will learn to bring your movement in sync with the music. No previous dance experience is necessary - only a smile! So come on in and let the music and dance infuse your spirit!
    Beginner Bhangra

    520 8th Ave, NYC

    • Enjoy this folk dance that originated in the Punjab region of Pakistan and India
    • Learn different, basic Bhangra steps each week with an experienced instructor
    • No previous dance experience is necessary
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    1 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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