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Theater and Performing Arts

If you're hoping to make a theatrical splash but aren't sure how to get your feet wet, consider the two-day intensive workshop, "Starting a Theater Company: The Basics," offered by the Off-Broadway company Primary Stages. On April 14 and 15, artistic director Casey Childs will instruct students in matters such as "defining a mission, creating a budget, building a staff and board, committing to a space, establishing 501(c)(3) status."

Flat abs are all well and good, but there are times when a rounded tummy can come in handy. You can put your stomach to good use at the Anahid Sofian Studio. Established 40 years ago, this center in the Flatiron district offers instruction in Turkish, traditional Arabic, and North African styles of belly dance. Once you've learned the seductive moves, the studio also trains you in the use of finger cymbals, veil work, and costume making. So go with your gut.


Does your dream of a successful literary career include sojourns at fabled writers' retreats like MacDowell and Yaddo? You can prepare for those coming stints closer to home, via the Summer Writers' Colony at the New School. The three-week program, which begins in June, offers demanding workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Teaching these eight-hour-per-day classes are such celebrated faculty as Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Tracy K. Smith.

You might think an art form that rewards offerings such as "goo goo g'joob," "sha na na," and "fa fa fa fa fa" wouldn't be too difficult to master. But if you're struggling with putting words to music, Hunter College can help you get your groove back with a master class in "Writing Lyrics That Succeed and Endure." Disney songwriter Marty Panzer covers topics that include "What we value in a lyric," "Using different vocabularies," and "Developing a personal style."


"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do," said Edgar Degas. And yet you might still wish to learn. If so, the Flatiron district's Paint Along NYC is here, promising to accomplish the task quickly, guaranteeing even an absolute beginner "a display-worthy, 16-by-20-inch canvas of color and wonder in one two-hour session." Classes are organized not by method or technique, but rather by subject. April and May offerings include birds, trees, and flowers, as well as "By the Glass" and "Wine Grapes and Cheese."

For Children and Teens

Has your kid taken to dusting the cutlery with a fingerprinting kit or spraying the odd room with luminal to check for blood stains? Once you've considered limiting TV time and consulting a reputable therapist, you might also enroll your budding forensic scientist in CSI Saturdays, a program for teens at the John Jay Crime Scene Academy, funded in part by novelist Patricia Cornwell. Students will learn "how biology and chemistry play a critical role in the criminal-investigation process."


Perhaps you already possess the clever pets, the precocious children, the unfortunate covers of pop songs. But these alone will not guarantee you stardom. You'll need to make those pets worldwide sensations, and you can't do that until you learn how to shoot and upload digital videos. Happily, the Fashion Institute of Technology offers a summer intensive in "Video Production for the Web," covering such topics as shooting, editing, and developing a creative process.

Sometimes your giant gorillas, your sinister hobbits, and your tall, wispy blue creatures just won't take direction. So what's a budding filmmaker to do? Well, if your ape won't respond to method-acting prompts, you could just copy Peter Jackson and James Cameron and hire a human and film him or her using motion capture. You can learn the basics of that technology at Pratt's School of Continuing Education this spring with "Introduction to Motion Capture" for films and video games.

Food and Drink

Are you still choosing bottles of wine based on the attractiveness of the label? There are worse ways to make a selection, but if you're looking for a better one, sign up for classes at Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a new restaurant/wine bar/school near Union Square, courtesy of master sommelier Laura Maniec. Classes focus on wine basics, a particular region (Argentina, California, Italy), blind tasting, and food and wine pairings. Special for New Yorkers: "Takeout Pairings."

Considering the phenomenal success of Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan—they seem to be rivaling Starbucks for sheer ubiquity—those Belgians must know something about baking. And they're willing to share. Le Pain Quotidien now offers affordable bread-baking classes at their Bleecker Street location. A standard three-hour class shows students how a single dough applies to baguettes, rolls, loaves, and pizza crust. Specialty courses take on such topics as scones and brioche.


Feeling sluggish? Nabi Su Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and Wellness Center wants to help you become a more dynamic creature. In addition to offering martial arts classes at various locations in lower Manhattan, Nabi Su, which means "butterfly" in Korean, aims to train your insides, too. Students can enroll for instruction in zazen, a form of silent meditation, or for something just a little more talkative, consider reiki, a Japanese healing method.

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