Personal Development in New York City

$199 for Life, Accident, and Health Insurance-Agent Licensing Course at Real Estate Education Center ($450 Value)

Real Estate Education Center

Multiple Locations

40-hour prelicensure course equips students with the knowledge necessary to connect others with injury- and accident-insurance plans

$450 $199

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Voiceover Workshop for Ages 8–16 or an Animation Workshop for Ages 9–16 at Shine at Hothead Studios (Up to 53% Off)

Shine At Hothead Studios

Midtown Center

Voiceover class covers commercial, radio, and promo work; animation class explores program behind ParaNorman and Frankenweenie

$145 $69

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Online or In-Person Real-Estate Licensing Course at Real Estate Training Center (Up to 77% Off)

Real Estate Training Center

Multiple Locations

School offers online or in-person seminars & e-books that prepare aspiring real-estate agents for success in sales for the past 25 years

$465 $109

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$149 for a New York Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Course from Ivy Real Estate Education ($425 Value)

Ivy Real Estate Education

Garment District

75-hour licensing course informs students interested in buying or selling real estate with a professional instructor & flexible curriculum

$425 $149

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One or Two Career Tech Education Courses from Jobconnectus Training Institute (Up to 83% Off)

Jobconnectus Training Institute

Midtown South Central

Students prepare for careers with courses in social media science, A/V communication, health sciences, finance, and business

$648 $149

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$49 for $90 Worth of Music Lessons — Flute Lessons with Barbara Siesel

Flute Lessons With Barbara Siesel

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$90 $49

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Group Singing Lessons at Vocal Boot Camp (Up to 62% Off)

Vocal Boot Camp

Shetler Studios

Vocal coach builds confident singing through endurance, ear-training, breath, and projection exercises seven days a week

$199 $83

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Eight-Week Online or In-Person GMAT Test-Prep Course from Manhattan Review (Up to 70% Off)

Manhattan Review

Midtown South Central

Acclaimed, eight-week classes are interactive and cover all aspects of the GMAT while employing practice tests

$990 $299

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$50 for $100 Groupon — PandaManda Education

Pandamanda

Tribeca

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $50

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$99 for a Two-Day Bartending Certification PE and a Flair Course at Allstar Bartenders Training ($345 Value)

Allstar Bartenders Training

Multiple Locations

Bartending courses held in mock cocktail lounge educate students in art and science of bottle flips and mixed-drink preparation

$345 $99

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Outdoor Photography Class or a Photography-Based Day Trip from Discover Outdoors (Up to 58% Off)

Discover Outdoors

Multiple Locations

Students take to the outdoors to snap photos of wildlife on a nature hike or a landmark such as the Statue of Liberty or Central Park

$69 $29

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One-Hour Voice Lesson at Krowne Vocal School (50% Off)

Krowne Vocal School

New York City

We offer effective lessons for pop, rock, and soul singing; unfold your true potential in an extremely supportive environment

$50 $25

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$120 for $240 Groupon — Brooklyn Guitar Lessons with Bryan Wade

Brooklyn Guitar Lessons With Bryan Wade

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$240 $120

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Driving-School Package or Two Bus-Driving Lessons at Access2Drive Driving School (Up to 62% Off)

Access2Drive Driving School

Multiple Locations

Bilingual driving instructors teach automotive essentials or prepare students to earn their commercial driver licenses

$140 $53

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Three or Six Mommy & Me Classes in Yoga, Music, or Baking at Preschool of the Arts (Up to 57% Off)

Preschool of the Arts

East Village

Moms and kids bond over 6-week courses in yoga, baking, or music

$90 $39

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Ballroom Sampler Group Classes with Optional Private Lessons at Studio Q'dance (Up to 67% Off)

Studio Q'dance

Multiple Locations

Sampler includes: foxtrot and west coast swing; waltz and tango; and rumba and cha cha cha

$80 $35

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Makeup Lesson and Application for One or Two at Polished Social Image Consultants (74% Off)

Polished Social Image Consultants

New York

Image consultant Samantha von Sperling helps clients put their best face forward with a one-hour makeup consult, lesson, and application

$300 $79

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60-Minute Musical Instrument Lesson at Steel X Plosion (53% Off)

Steel X Plosion

New York

From the merchant: Learn to play the steel drums from one of the best steel drum players in the world, Freddy Harris III.

$80 $38

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One-Hour Kids' Chess Class or One Month of Chess Classes at Evolution Enrichment Center (Up to 41% Off)

Evolution Enrichment Center

Bowery

Kids expand their minds by learning the basic rules and strategies of chess during one-hour classes for beginners

$40 $25

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Just a subway train's throw from Manhattan, City Island seems like a different world?tree-lined banks and sprawling waters that stretch toward the New York City skyline and out into the open Sound. New York Sailing Center's owner Captain Stephen Glenn Card touts the location for its absence of man-made disturbances such as wind shears and strong currents. Captain Card has taught since the 1980s, and continues to lead multiday immersive-sailing classes for everyone from beginners to advanced cruisers and navigators.

Throughout the years, they have developed a fine-tuned training system that combines in-classroom instruction (including practice with a large, moveable boat) and on-water obstacle courses within Eastchester Bay and Long Island Sound. Atop these waters, students practice on Beneteau sailing boats ?twin-rudder vessels that can accommodate beginner's mistakes, and are also the only boats to receive endorsements from a national sail training organization, such as ASA or US Sailing. As students progress, instructors teach more advanced skills such as bareboat cruising and navigation. They even take some of their brightest pupils on sailing trips to destinations such as Italy or Captain Hook's retirement home.

10 Centre Street
City Island,
NY
US

In his early teens, Mario Godiva Green was overweight. At school, kids bullied him daily, and he was tired of their incessant mockery. At 16, his mother died, providing the catalyst to the dramatic life change that Mario was about to embark on. Over the next 11 years, his rise to prominence in the fitness circles of New York and Chicago was nothing short of meteoric. From modeling for Calvin Klein to pioneering Kangoo workouts in the United States, Mario has been at the forefront of physical fitness. His work has been featured on the New York Times, The Steve Harvey Show, and ABC Nightline.

Today he jet-sets around the world to promote and teach Kangoo to throngs of eager exercisers and underachieving gravity forces, and his Kangoo classes have become one of the trendiest, most exclusive workouts in the city. A firm believer in having fun while exercising, his hip-hop classes are half dance, half fitness class, and he also leads hoppers throughout Manhattan during outdoor boot camps and jogs. The springy shoes reduce the impact on the joints and spine, harnessing the 33 health benefits associated with rebounding without danger to joint cartilage.

39 West 19th Street
New York,
NY
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With more than a decade of experience in business consulting, education, and training, Helen Hanying Liu helms Wall Street Chinese to help professionals develop the language and cultural knowledge they need to thrive in their industry. Trainers with an in-depth knowledge of international business teach skills ranging from the Mandarin language to Chinese calligraphy. Adult students can opt for a six-week general intensive course, or they can sign up for the 10-lesson course in business Chinese that exclusively teaches quotes from Warren Buffett in Mandarin.

Kids also can learn to speak Mandarin in a course with interactive lessons that include fun activities such as brush painting, debate, and Chinese chess. In addition to language pros, the team of instructors includes musicians and artists, which is reflected in the diversity of private and group instruction available. Classes in Chinese medicine and Chinese art help students become well-rounded, and special events include feng shui workshops and children's kung fu.

32 Broadway, Ste 1812
New York,
NY
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When it came time to name her business, Pamela Parisi looked to her own nickname: The Elegant Tightwad. She earned the moniker during 20 years spent in the fashion industry as a clothing designer, manufacturer, and mannequin guidance counselor. Parisi developed a reputation for her conflicting loves for designer clothes and fiscal responsibility. Always a problem solver, she quickly learned to marry her two passions by developing extensive knowledge of designer showrooms and the wholesale prices they charge. Today, she uses her nose for bargains to guide tour groups to the best deals on designer clothes and accessories. Her cash-saving tours have even garnered the attention of CNN and Elle magazine. In addition to her Garment District Diva tours, Parisi has also extended her expertise into the world of food. Her tasting excursions explore some of the most tempting eats in Hell's Kitchen, from Italian and Greek specialties to sweet treats from bakeries and ice cream shops.

747 10th Ave
New York,
NY
US

With bicoastal learning labs that give students complete access to mixing and sound equipment, dubspot is one of the country's foremost institutions for learning music and media technologies. The school's course list covers everything from DJing to sound design. Class sizes of 10 people or less ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one instruction, which is fortunate since the instructors have plenty of wisdom to offer. Their ranks include a Grammy-nominated producer and a sound designer for the Oscar-winning animated film Wall-E.

Even when they're not in class, students have access to the lab facilities six days a week. Those unable to attend courses in person at the New York or LA schools can also enroll online, an option which gives them access to instructional videos for up to one year or until their computer gets old enough to move out on its own.

348 West 14th Street
New York,
NY
US

You might recognize Chef Okadaman—after all, he’s in an Allman Brothers tribute band and his face is plastered onto the side of the Okadaman food truck that can be seen meandering through Midtown. Like his facility with complicated melodies and rhythms on the bass guitar, Chef Okadaman assembles virtuosic lunch entrees such as fried octopus dumplings drizzled with Japanese mayo and okonomiyaki, a savory pancake densely topped with squid, bacon, and kimchi that inspired a CBS.com food blogger to call it “one of the most beautifully presented lunches [he’s] eaten, truck or not.” The chef either buys each of his dishes’ components locally or flies them in from Japan in tribute to his respect of fine ingredients, tradition, and a 747’s need for a tasty meal. To catch a meal nearby, diners can check the truck’s location online.

120 E 16th St
New York,
NY
US