The crowd at the Flatiron hot spot 230 Fifth looks like your typical bunch of singles. Nicely dressed, often clad in button-down shirts, well-shined shoes and other business-casual attire, they’re sipping cocktails while eagerly approaching members of the opposite sex. You’d almost never know they’re part of dateologist Tracey Steinberg’s flirting class.
Well, unless you look closer. At that point, you’d notice Tracey’s equipped everyone with a scavenger-hunt list dictating they strike up a conversation with someone wearing either a white shirt or blue pants. They don’t need to limit themselves to fellow members of the flirting class — they can also talk to strangers. People who manage to chat up everyone on the list are rewarded with peanut butter cups.
The class is one part sexy singles event, one part speed dating session and one part informative dating class, “all rolled up into one unique social event,” according to Steinberg.
It’s just one of the ways the dating coach encourages those attending her class to flirt. “I tell everyone who attends the flirting parties that not everyone is available, and not to take it personally if someone doesn’t respond in the ideal way when they try to speak with them,” explains Steinberg, 42.