Performing arts

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. Pop piano 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4/5 standard), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles in these live sessions on zoom. Learn to play rhythms, chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
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  3. Charleston: beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    A fun course that will get you dancing the fast and energetic Charleston. Build a solid foundation of basic skills while you enjoy dancing to original jazz music from the 20s and 30s.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  4. Flute: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  5. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley, Vernon Thompson, Martin Wimpress
    Do you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,599.00 Concession £1,599.00
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  6. Solo swing and jive: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don' t have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you!
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  7. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 24 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  8. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00
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  9. Narration skills
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! The course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  10. Singing in a group: body, voice, and time
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Explore the connection between body and voice through singing, and discover how our experience of time can be affected through singing. An introduction to the physical and psychological benefits of singing in a group. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  11. Storytelling
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Gain some skills and confidence in structuring and delivering a story: short, long, traditional, anecdotal, personal, fairytales, fables. This event is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  12. Experiencing time through playing percussion
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This session explores the theme of Time, and how we experience it when playing music, especially with others. You will play rhythmic patterns with and against regular pulse, explore the effects of repetition, and discover how these may affect your own state of mind and your connection with others.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  13. Explore the body through contemporary dance
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    An introduction to the basics of Contemporary dance through Release-based technique, to help you understand the principles of the body in movement and explore your own movement range. This event is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  14. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5/6 or above, with good sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  15. TV presenting for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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