Performing arts - Keeley Street

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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    This Contemporary dance class is a dynamic and fun experience based on the principles of Release-technique and some playful explorations. Simple movement phrases and tasks are built upon to develop greater awareness of the body in space and in relation to others. Floor, centre and travelling exercises lead to efficiency of movement, rhythmical and free-flowing dance sequences.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  3. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Feb 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  James Jarrett, Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  5. Classical ballet: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giovanna Lamboglia
    Designed for the complete beginner or for those wanting to go back to basics. Develop knowledge and skill in this enjoyable Ballet class which provides a fun and satisfying way to improve alignment, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination. The classes will also help to improve any other dance styles you might be practicing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. Silver Swans ballet class improvers
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Abigail Bulfin
    This improvers course will focus on expanding existing knowledge of ballet technique and vocabulary and is designed to enable you to learn and execute more varied and complex movement sequences. There is an emphasis on delivering ballet technique to facilitate healthy joints, flexibility, movement quality and core strength.



    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s and the improvers course is suitable for older leaners with at least 1 year of foundation ballet or Silver Swans experience.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. The symphony: a short history
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Explore the history and development of the symphony from JC Bach to Beethoven and into the twentieth century. Break week: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £219.00
  8. Music notation: a brief history
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    How did our current system of Western staff notation develop and how have manuscripts, printed scores and software all contributed to its versatility? Suitable for those with only have basic notation-reading skills. Scheduled break week: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £219.00
  9. Singing 1
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penelope Homer
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
  10. Dance 60+
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Join our weekly dance and movement classes to improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  12. Dance 60+ performance
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Our aim is to inspire older men and women within the community to get creative through dance and movement, and to inspire others through performance. An ideal opportunity to flex both mind and body in this uplifting creative experience where you will get the chance to explore and discover your creative potential through dance and performance.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  13. Silver Swans ballet class
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Abigail Bulfin
    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. If you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active, Swans ballet classes will put a spring in your step, whether you’ve never danced before or want to reboot your ballet skills. Classes focus on building the core technical principles and learning specially adapted repertoire from the popular ballets.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  14. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. NB: This course has no scheduled break week.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
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