Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

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. 

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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. String ensemble: summer season

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass who have been learning for at least a year up to those at around grade 3 level. Tutor: Isobel Clarke.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Come and sing: madrigals and frottole

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The madrigal, and its forerunner the frottola, were key popular songs of the 15th and 16th centuries. Come and explore a selection of these highly expressive (and cheeky) works at our friendly and popular weekend workshop. Tutors: Edward Breen & Siobhan Blake.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Classical acting

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Broaden your skills and discover the freedom to act with classical text in a safe and fun environment. Gain the confidence to build truthful characters through various practical exercises and scene work.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Opera appreciation: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Piano taster

    New
    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  7. Tap intensive (improvers and intermediate)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    To develop and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes essential.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. Latin piano: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For intermediate pianists (grade 4 or above), these two sessions will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban music. We will focus on rhythm, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including son, mambo, and cha cha cha.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Flamenco: power and performance

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course, separate but complementary to the other summer flamenco dance courses, will focus on archetypal flamenco dance steps and moves that accompany ‘Colombianas’ music. With emphasis on dancing style, performance presence and panache, the course will culimate in a short dance sequence with live guitar accompaniment. Suitable for men and women of all ages, from beginners to improvers.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Working with methods of great voice practitioners: Michael McCallion

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical exercises in breath resonance and clarity from the important Voice Book of 1988; this workshop is particularly useful for non-native speakers but is for everyone who wants to make the most of their voice.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00

  11. Actor summer school: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Meisner intensive: scenework

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five day intensive will take you through a full introduction of the Meisner Technique, including public solitude, basic repetition, the pinch and the ouch, the knock at the door, preparation and independent activity.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00

  13. Violin and viola taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to hold the violin/viola and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument. Tutor: Robert Puzey.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  14. Composition techniques: intensive workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write a composition in a week. Good music theory knowledge (grade 5 or higher) needed.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Cello taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to hold the cello and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument. Tutor: Polly Hewett.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

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