Performing arts

From acting classes to a full range of music courses, comedy to dance, enjoy a performing arts course at City Lit in the evenings, daytimes or at weekends. We offer a range of fantastic dance classes from contemporary dance, tap dance to belly dancing classes plus voice, speech and communication courses to improve your vocal delivery and communication. We're in the centre of London with excellent facilities and expert tutors who are brilliant at communicating their enthusiasm. What will you choose?

Got a question? For music courses call 020 7492 2630 and for drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542.

Get in touch on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

Performing arts highlights

Acting and theatre

Acting and theatre

Dance

Dance

Music

Music

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  1. 19th century ballet narratives

    Course Date: Mon 24 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How does ballet tell a story? Dance and mime communicate plot and character, but music underpins the narrative . We will explore many examples from numerous ballets. No technical musical or ballet knowledge is required. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website]

    Break week: 24th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. 3D special effects make-up for film and TV

    Course Date: Thu 27 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create and apply 3D special effects make-up for film and TV. Use a range of direct application and sculpting techniques to create and apply your own special effects. Produce pieces for casualty including burns and wounds using silicones and other material.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. A history of piano music

    Course Date: Wed 26 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of keyboard instruments and their repertoire from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the late works of Brahms. Explore the composers and makers who shaped the keyboard into one of the most versatile and popular instruments of all time, and learn about history, style, genre and function through guided listening and score reading. Tutor: Dr Maria Razumovskaya [external website]

    Break week: 31st May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Ableton Live

    Course Date: Tue 21 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Live is a revolutionary package that has taken the music world by storm. Performing with a laptop, songwriting or composing, Live’s intuitive and totally flexible interface puts the fun and experimentation back into music making. Tutor: Martin Delaney (Ableton certified trainer) [external website].
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. ABRSM jazz piano syllabus

    Course Date: Sun 5 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A unique opportunity for classical piano teachers to become familiar with the piano syllabus materials (style, harmony and improvisation) at grades 1-5, and develop understanding of how to prepare exam candidates. Tutor: Tim Richards [external website].
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  6. Accents for actors: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 13 Jun 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expand your skillset as an actor by mastering regional and international accents, including general American, Deep South, Manchester, Scottish (Glasgow) and Eire (Dublin). Please see below for details of the specific accents covered.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Accents for actors: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 24 Apr 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expand your skillset as an actor by mastering some more challenging accents which may include Glasgow, Belfast, Nottingham and others. An invaluable skill for all working actors.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Access to HE diploma (Drama)

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your first steps towards a career in acting on this exciting and disciplined course, equivalent to three A levels, which prepares you for higher education or advanced vocational training.

    Course dates and times are subject to change please contact department for details.
    Full fee: £3,384.00
    Senior fee: £3,384.00
    Concession: £3,384.00

  9. Acting for fun: intro

    Course Date: Fri 28 Apr 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain confidence and lose your inhibitions in this practical class for complete beginners. Make friends and improve your communication skills while having fun in this safe and friendly environment.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  10. Acting for radio: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. Tutor: David Gooderson.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  11. Acting for radio: improvers

    Course Date: Wed 14 Jun 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of audio work. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Acting: advanced

    Course Date: Sun 5 Mar 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Advance your skills and technique as you move towards greater standards of professional practice. Work on scenes to performance level. Suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our Acting courses at beginners and improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Acting: beginners

    Course Date: Wed 26 Apr 2017 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Acting: improvers

    Course Date: Sun 5 Mar 2017 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Actor's voice: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

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