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. Ukulele: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced players who have completed courses/or have played for some time. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, learn advanced chords and finger-picking. Play ensemble arrangements in addition to solo pieces and songs.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Cello 1A (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of playing this warm and mellow instrument in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music in this intensive 2 hour class. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Alexander technique for performers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Alexander Technique encourages the release of habitual tension to allow greater freedom in movement, breath and speech. The course includes one-to-one, hands-on work in performance situations, addressing the breathing and vocal needs of the actor, singer, musician and all performers, of any level.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  4. Opera studies 2: Mozart and Da Ponte

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A precocious musical prodigy turned hard-working freelance meets an exiled Italian-American libertine and professional librettist to create three long-lasting but controversial operas: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte! This course has a scheduled break week: 17th February 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this improver's class. A comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you develop new techniques and writing insights. Break weeks: 4 & 25 May.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Samba: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, therapeutic and energetic dance requiring no partner. Learn steps through choreographies and dance exercises. Increase your sense of rhythm while getting an aerobic, calorie burning workout.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  7. Actor's voice: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Music theory: diploma topics 2

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 17 Feb.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Introduction to musicals

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Actor's voice: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Cabaret workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging workshop. Improve your transitions between speech and song and to create a meaningful cabaret sequence. If you are new to this class you need to be assessed in an advice session. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange an appointment. Accompanist: Sarah Kershaw.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Music in wartime 2: émigré musicians abroad

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the 1930s onwards, a huge number of composers, performers and scholars found themselves displaced by political events in mainland Europe. From desperate flights to safety in Britain and the United States, to pre-emptive departures before regulations tightened, we consider the music of those men and women who were forced to learn to sing their songs in a foreign land. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. World music: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: Tues 18 Feb 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Contemporary dance: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 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.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Beethoven and the concerto

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In Beethoven’s hands the Classical concerto was converted into a heroic genre fit for the Romantic age. Come along and explore this musical transformation! No previous musical knowledge necessary. This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February 2020.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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