Performing arts - Online - KS - 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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    This class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility, range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect warm-up for the Modern Jazz dance class that follows it.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  3. City Lit Theatre Company
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft, Jayne Denny
    A wonderful opportunity to be part of a theatre company working alongside technical students and an experienced director to stage a play from scratch in six weeks. Use your previous practical training in acting in the context of the performance of a full production of Shakespeare's Macbeth in the John Lyon's Theatre at City Lit.







    Please make sure you read the details in section one below which gives days and times of rehearsals and details of performance week.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
  4. The art of negotiating
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. The course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  5. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Directing theatre: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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  7. Play-reading
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into differnet plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique in this improvers class. Work towards creating more truthful performances on camera. You must have completed 'Screen acting: beginners' or an equivalent course elsewhere.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £163.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Reading great poetry aloud
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Do you enjoy reading great poetry aloud? Come and join our reading circle and enjoy speaking and listening to the poetry of Wordsworth, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Eliot, Plath, Hughes, Heaney, Duffy, Motion and Cope among others, while learning vocal technique to enhance the effect your readings have on others.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  10. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  11. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American, and at least one regional British accent. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  12. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be delivered in our media studio.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  13. Narration skills
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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 in our studio.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £142.00
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  14. Acting: improvers scene work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  15. Birds in opera and ballet
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What a selection to choose from! Swans, pigeons and bluebirds; birds in the forest, by the stream, in myth and fairy-tale– see how birds have been represented in important rôles on stage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00

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