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. Introduction to musical analysis

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Break week: 12th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Piano/keyboards foundation: module 3

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards foundation: module 2’ or and have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Clarinet level 3: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have a minimum of two years' experience (playing at around grade 3 standard), come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble playing. Continues to module 3 next term. Tutor: George Sleightholme [external website].
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Prepare for opera

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How does acting affect your singing and vice versa? Learn what is required, in terms of vocal expertise and physical stamina, to sing opera. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn repertoire quickly. Tutor: Håkan Vramsmo [external website]

    Accompanist: Clive Pollard.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Stanislavski: beginners intensive

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Violin and viola level 1: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least a term. Continues to module 3 next term.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Clarinet level 2: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have played Bb clarinet for at least a year, come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire. Continues to module 3 next term. Tutor: George Sleightholme.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your stand-up comedy skills further in this comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you develop new techniques and writing insights.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Alexander technique: performance breath and voice

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Alexander Technique for performers at all levels with focus on the performance breath and voice. The Technique encourages the release of habitual tension to allow greater freedom in movement, breath and speech. Includes one-to-one hands-on in performance situations, addressing the breathing and vocal needs of the actor, singer, musician and all performers.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Bass guitar: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills as a bassist, your understanding of rhythm, melodic roles, and playing with an ensemble or backing tracks. In this extension course we will focus on groove playing in R&B, reggae and Latin styles. It is essential you can read for bass. Please bring your own bass guitar and lead (amps provided).
    Full fee: £115.00
    Senior fee: £92.00
    Concession: £70.00

  11. Stretch and flex

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility. Increase your range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. Opera studies 2: the operatic tenor

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The lyrical tenor voice was used in the earliest operas to charm fair maidens and savage beasts alike. We trace the development of the operatic tenor from simple shepherd to dramatic ‘King of the High Cs’. Break week: 12th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Recorder consorts and ensemble

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are already experienced in recorder ensemble playing, join this small, friendly group to look at developing consort playing skills in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary styles. Tutor: Isobel Clarke.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  14. Men's ballet

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides a slow and fun class on how to use your body correctly, with focus on correct placement, stance and posture.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  15. Keyboard harmony and improvisation for pianists: module 2

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. Become a more confident player as a result. For players at Grade 5 and above.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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