Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

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, dance and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano and singing.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist tutor in advance to help you choose the right level should you require help and advice.

Would you like some help or advice?

For music courses call 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    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. Voiceovers: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00

  3. World music: Township tunes

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Ensemble playing and opportunities for improvisation.

    Rhythm section places are limited: please contact the Music department to check vacancies. Drummer, bass and piano places filled.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Ukulele: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced ukulele players, this short course will hone your skills, extend your understanding of chord theory, picking and tablature. Apply these techniques to standard tunes.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. GarageBand: create and edit your own music

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Apple’s GarageBand must be the easiest way to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music. It even helps you practise your instrumental playing.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  6. Actor's voice: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  7. Opera arias

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study and sing opera arias concentrating on beauty of tone and lyricism. Learn how to combine a clean, sustained line with clarity of text. All arias presented in class must be sung from memory.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Salsa: beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for an energetic and intensive introduction to Salsa. Learn a new skill whilst having fun and discover the origins and cultural context of this passionate dance. No need to bring a partner, part of the fun is meeting new people but most of all learning a new dance style whilst having a good time.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Music business skills 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Led by industry professional Laura Young (S2k Music), this course is essential for music creators and performers building a career. Topics include self promotion, releasing music, income streams, societies and contracts.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Piano: return to playing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Improvisation for classical piano teachers

    Improvisation for classical piano teachers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to include improvisation in your piano teaching, for its own sake and as a tool for learning theory, coordination and ear training. For piano teachers with little or no experience of improvising.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 11 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. TV presenting: introduction

    Course Date: Wed 11 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try TV presenting in a safe environment, discover your potential and learn some basic skills including talking to camera, reading Autocue and interviewing.



    This is a practical course set in the City Lit’s TV studio equipped with up to date professional broadcast industry equipment. The tutor, a BBC trained TV director with over 25 years of experience directing mainstream programmes for BBC and ITV, has extensive experience training people to present to camera. Please note: this course is non-transferable or refundable.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00

  14. Burlesque

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Burlesque is an empowering and expressive performance art. Learn the basics of burlesque movement and dance, in this glamorous and fun class exploring the posture, deportment, style and elegance of showgirl movement.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Charleston: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our workshop is full of challenging Charleston choreography and mesmerising new moves. You will be moving with speed, vitality and expression with opportunity for you to wear your best vintage-style outfits! A great way of having fun and improving fitness whilst learning a unique and impressive new skill.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

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