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    Absolute Beginner Jewelry Intensive

    92nd Street Y
    Always wanted to learn jewelry making but never had the time? Learn the basics in a condensed 4 session course that covers everything from sawing to bezel making.
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    Ceramics Happy Hour

    92nd Street Y
    Did you ever play with clay as a child only to have your creation destroyed by a sibling? Ceramic Happy Hour wants you to rekindle that childhood joy and creativity by making your own ceramic. Take part in a fun and social environment as you learn the fundamentals and construct your own piece of artwork -- maybe you want a new teacup, or a vase, or even a statue for your garden. Express yourself in this hands-on course, which is perfect for those looking to relieve some stress from the busy NYC lifestyle.
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    Zumba

    92nd Street Y
    Know what's better than sweating for an hour on the treadmill to the same five dubstep songs on repeat? Moving and grooving your way to a better body to the soundtrack of some spicy Latin Music. This Zumba class combines sexy dance moves from salsa, samba, merengue, and reggaeton with interval and resistance training to ensure a fun and energetic full body workout. Have a blast while you blast away calories, tone all of your muscles, and build strength, confidence, and endurance. There's a reason everyone else has been swept up in the Zumba craze: it actually works! Join in now.
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    Saturday Night Swing Dance

    92nd Street Y
    Travel back in time a few decades to party like it's 1939! Experience a Saturday Night Swing Dance party that showcases two rooms full of fabulous music, where you will step and sway to classic American Swing dance moves. Either shag to a Swing mix in the Ballroom, or, if you're feeling up to it, boogie-oogie-oogie to the Blues in the lounge. If you're not too familiar with the dances of this glorious era, worry not: a free swing lesson will take place an hour prior to the party! Enjoy complimentary snacks, soft drinks, coffee, tea, a cash bar, and live performances while you get acquainted with the fun of Swing Dance, with no experience or partner required!
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    Classic Ballroom Dance Parties

    92nd Street Y
    So you think you can dance? Prove it! Discover the fundamentals of classical ballroom at this evening dance party, as you Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha and Tango your way to confidence. Learn the basic rhythms and steps of these elegant ballroom dances from expert instructors as you practice moves that are graceful, energetic and fun--all while improving your posture and stamina. Cap off your night with hours of free dance to show off your new skills!
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    Argentine Tango Milongas

    92nd Street Y
    Get your groove on to some smooth Latin musica tropica while you experience the classic style of Argentine tango! During this dance class, led by expert instructors, you'll learn the fundamental moves of this elegant dance and how to improvise with confidence and poise. From the first embrace of your partner to the intricate yet easy to follow footwork techniques, you'll be groovin' and movin' in no time. After your hour long lesson, enjoy hours of open dance to test out your new skills. Ole!
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    Saturday Night Salsa

    92nd Street Y
    Ready to turn up the heat on your dance moves? Whether you are a beginner, social dancer, or salsa enthusiast, this is a chance for you to mingle and share the dance floor with some of the best dancers and performers in New York City! This salsa dance class does not require any experience, just some enthusiasm and a little spicy attitude -- which you definitely have! You'll learn the essentials of salsa, including technique and musicality, from expert instructors in order to develop a strong foundation in the basics of this stylistic dance. After your lesson, enjoy hours of open dance to show off your new skills and mingle with other dancers. Is it hot in here, or is that just you?
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    Classical Singing for Beginners

    92nd Street Y
    No matter what style of singing you want to do, the classics are the place to start. Learn the fundamentals of breath support, diction and pronunciation of different languages, vocal technique, and artistic interpretation, with Mozart, Verdi, and Bizet as your your guides. Your instructor will help you create an individualized repertoire of songs you love and want to practice. Whether you're looking to further express your love of opera or you want to build a rock solid set of vocal skills, classical training is a beautiful way to get you where you're going.
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    Saturday Evenings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    92nd Street Y
    It's easy to get overwhelmed in a museum as grand as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In fact, to fully explore everything the museum has to offer, you would have to spend days within its walls. Instead, leave it to the experts to show you the highlights of the MET for the best possible museum experience! On this tour, led by an expert guide, make your way through this massive, ever-evolving museum while seeing, exploring, and enjoying the best it has to offer. While hearing commentary on the exhibits you explore, you'll get acquainted with masters, observe art from every corner of the world, and maybe even get a sneak peak of a new exhibition. Opening your mind is only a guided tour away!
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    Handbuilding and Wheel (Beginner)

    92nd Street Y
    Join our beginners’ classes for an introduction to the fundamentals of handbuilding techniques — pinch, coil and slab construction — and wheel throwing to make bowls, vases, cups, plates and other vessel forms.
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    Lower East Side Gallery Tour

    92nd Street Y
    Some of the most exciting creative activity in New York is happening now in Lower East Side galleries; experience it for yourself on this guided gallery tour! You will see some works from some of the most relevant emerging artists of our time, as well as that of already established ones. Come enjoy the downtown energy and the brilliant upcoming talent, just begging to be discovered.
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    Drink & Draw

    92nd Street Y
    Ah, art. The classic combination of "Hey, I could do that!," and the always reliable, "Yeah, but I haven't." Stop missing your chance to create a show-worthy work of art and instead unleash your creative energy with a few drinks. At this boozy art class, you will have the opportunity to work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model! The best part? Beer will be provided for you by the studio, so all you really have to do is show up with your art supplies and let out your inner, slightly-inebriated Picasso. Sounds pretty sweet!
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    Ceramics for Beginners

    92nd Street Y
    Looking to try out ceramics in a fun, social environment? This class is the perfect way to get your hands dirty, get creative and experience the world of working with clay. Experiment and enjoy in this introduction to pottery fundamentals, including: centering, opening, flooring, throwing, and trimming, all while making beautiful handcrafted bowls (or "roundish things" depending on your creative skills) from scratch.
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    DSLR Camera Intensive

    92nd Street Y
    Finally, learn what all "those" buttons on your DSLR were created for! This intensive photography class will empower you with all the basic skills you need to capture those special moments with clear and beautiful photographs. You will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of exposure, shutter speed, white balance settings, and depth of field. After all, you paid big money on all those buttons, switches, and knobs on your DSLR. Please, do yourself a favor and take advantage of them.
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    Beginner Guitar

    92nd Street Y
    The results are in: Literally everyone loves a guy/girl who can play guitar. It's the perfect combination of coordination, sensitivity, and the ability to play on people's secret nostalgia for 80's rock ballads. With this beginner's class, jump start your cool factor in a low-pressure group of new guitarists. You'll start at the very beginning (always a good place to start) with how to tune your guitar, the names of the strings, and the positions of open chords. The songs you learn, like "Imagine" and "Let It Be," are perfect for both practicing your new skills and showing off at parties. As you progress, the music will increase in difficulty until you're able to pick out the bass notes of chords, and switch up your strum patterns and accompaniment techniques. Throw in a pair of aviators and you're set for life.
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    Thursday Artist Talks

    92nd Street Y
    Join fellow art lovers and talented artists alike on the third Thursday of every month for an hour of contemporary art talk and appreciation! Sit amongst a crowd of people with similar interests to your own as you listen to a renowned artist talk about his or her specific field of work and projects. Gain new perspective on and appreciation for artistic works as well as insight into the mind of the artist, all while enjoying a complimentary drink on the house. Engage in intellectual discussion after the talk with fellow audience members, and maybe even the artists themselves!
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    Broadway Music Sing-In

    92nd Street Y
    Help turn the lullaby of Broadway into a fun, rousing sing-along. Share your love of show tunes in an informal, group celebration of musical theater. You don't need any previous singing experience - just a love of music and an enthusiastic voice. Let loose your inner Patti, Audra, and Bernadette as you gather 'round the piano and belt out your favorite ballads and finales. From Gershwin to Sondheim, you'll be joining your very own chorus line, without the hassle of rejection or telling everyone your life story. Perform your heart out with fellow theater lovers in this interactive experience.
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    Beginner Keyboard

    92nd Street Y
    Give the metaphorical ivories a tickle as you dive into the world of music. This class is perfect for totally new musicians. You'll learn universal musical concepts like the rhythmic values of different notes, rests, and basic sight reading, along with proper piano posture and several major scales. The repertoire draws from a variety of sources, from books of etudes (exercises) to pieces by famous composers. In a low-pressure setting, you'll get the support you need to start a lifelong love affair with the piano.
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