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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This term the course will be taught online; the tutor's approach is rooted in non-visual assessment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  2. Contemporary dance: general level

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  3. Play-reading

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  4. Contemporary dance: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Advanced Character Voice: Stage, Screen, Studio

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This will enable participants who have completed Character Voice for Animation to become practised and experienced in creating character voices from scratch for live and recorded performance. It will enable the skills to be honed and embedded and for the individual to go onto make a character voice reel should they so choose in the future. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This course will be online.

    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: £127.00

  6. Acting through improvisation

    Acting through improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation on this practical course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  7. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills. 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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  8. The Acting room: developing potential

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This comprehensive acting course is ideal for anyone who may require a little more time, support and adjustment as you engage in the acting process. All levels are welcome. Develop your potential through text, improvisation and scene work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  10. Acting for fun

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain confidence and lose your inhibitions in this practical class for complete beginners. Make friends and improve your communication skills while having fun in this safe and friendly environment.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Improve your speaking voice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. This course is not for non-native speakers, who should enrol onto Pronunciation and Self - Presentation for Speakers of Other Languages.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Voiceovers: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this intensive version of our popular longer course you will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations. This course will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00

  13. Voice practitioners masterclass: Rodenburg and Carey

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore through practical exercises the basic methodology of two leading voice practitioners as selected by the tutor, themselves a Voice expert, and thus establish the best process for your own vocal development. Individual attention assured in a small group.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Acting workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enjoy developing your acting skills as you meet like-minded people, in this fun workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. City Lit theatre company: online performance

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will enable students to use previous practical training in acting in the context of performance before an online audience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

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