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. Cello advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Una Birtchnell
    A group cello class for those who have been playing for at least four years, and are at least Grade 5 standard. You will explore solo and ensemble repertopire, play in all clefs and in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  3. Burlesque
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gwendoline Lamour
    Burlesque is an empowering and expressive performance art. Learn the basics of burlesque movement and dance in this glamorous short course as we explore the posture, deportment, style and elegance of showgirl movement.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  4. Cello workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Una Birtchnell
    Come and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is for students playing at Grade 4 standard at least.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  5. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Seeking work in Radio Drama? Explore microphone techniques and acting skills for radio at a higher level. For those who have completed Acting for Radio Beginners and/or Improvers courses or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be taught in our media studio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00
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  6. Screen acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    Working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll explore the basic technical skills required for working on camera.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00
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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Voiceovers: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    You will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
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  14. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    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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  15. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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