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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    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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    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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    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 (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 (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 (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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    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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    Handstands

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    Ever make one of those human pyramids? Intense stuff, huh? Now imagine trying to make one of those but with handstands! Maybe that's a bit intense, but you can learn hand to hand, the acrobatic movement of doing your own handstand on someone else's hands. Discover the basics of hand balancing and correct handstand alignment after a warm up of shoulder-opening stretches, abdominal strengthening, and inversions. You may find yourself impressing everyone with your new physical skill and increased dexterity. Don't just do a handstand; perform one on another person's hands -- do it big!
    Handstands

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Impress the crowd by learning how to perform a handstand on someone else's hands
    • Train with stretches, abdominal strengthening, and headstands
    • Turn a handstand from a simple task into an interesting balancing challenge
    • Use your body as the only tool you need to add to this graceful acrobat routine
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    38 positive reviews
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    Stretch & Flexibility

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    Did you ever learn how to properly stretch? High school soccer involved avoiding stretching more than actually stretching. Now that you're a little older, those tightened muscles need to release tension, so, when you stretch your hammies, it better be the right way. During this Aerial Arts NYC class, you'll learn proper posture and placement to stretch your muscles, moving through the spine and engaging the core. Releasing tension and increasing flexibility in the arms, legs, back, and everything in between, you'll work your way to a more agile and better feeling body.
    Stretch & Flexibility

    235 E 49th St, New York

    • Learn how to properly stretch the spine and engage your core
    • Stretch your arms, back, legs, and everything in between
    • Test your posture and placement for more effective stretches
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    35 positive reviews
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    German Wheel Circus Art

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    The German Wheel has become one of the most popular and exciting acts in most circus shows, awing audiences with its sheer size and the incredible ability of the performers manipulating it. Discover the secrets to this incredible act as you participate in an all-levels class focused on this incredible apparatus. A professional instructor will guide you as you learn how to flip and roll your way around the room, using strength and agility to move in unison with your wheel. You'll explore key techniques and gain the confidence to try new moves as you channel your inner circus performer and become master of your own ring.
    German Wheel Circus Art

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the circus art of the German Wheel from a professional instructor
    • Practice the proper maneuvers to get yourself rolling
    • Gain strength and flexibility
    • No experience necessary
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    38 positive reviews

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