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. Laban: The Eight Efforts

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rudolf Laban was a movement theorist, choreographer and a dancer; today his work is a core element within actor training. Laban has Eight Efforts to explore and are used as a way to extend an actor’s movement vocabulary and ability to play characters physically. His Effort work can be thought of as a way of identifying the ‘quality’ of our movement during action.

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00

  2. Comedy improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich and develop your comedy skills in this improvisation course.

    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. Recorder ensemble skills: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are already experienced in recorder playing, join this friendly group to develop your ensemble skills and musicianship, specific to recorder technique and repertoire.

    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. Acting: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Comedy: sitcom writing and performing for TV and digital

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to produce sit-com scripts and recognize the craft behind narrative comedies. Under the guidance of Alan Nixon, Emmy-award winning comedy Director and Producer, discover new ideas, concepts, and formats for the creation of your comedy project. Explore classic and modern sit-coms by identifying the key tricks behind the successful comedies. Tutor: Alan Nixon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Acting for wellbeing

    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear speech

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.

    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

  8. Latin piano 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For graduates of Latin piano 1, and players with similar experience. Develop your playing and delve further into the wonderful and varied repertoire of Cuban and Salsa music. Explore tunes with more complex harmony. There will also be an introduction to the harmonically rich and rhythmically varied world of Brazilian music.

    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
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Screen acting: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Tutor: Stephen Billington.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  10. Acting for radio: improvers

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation. This term the 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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